Berghill


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The day ahead.

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 14:05

There are advantages to being unemployable, even if the money is lousy. I was forced to retire at 48 due to ill health (Stop work or be dead in 12 months is what both my Doctor and a Specialist said).

So today, I have been mostly picking fruit, splitting and potting up various Herbaceous plants, playing on here and writing a bit more of a story I am working on.

Hope everyone else's day goes as well as possible for them.

Not what it looks like

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 21:18

That is definitely a Phytolacca and it is the spitting image of the one I have which came as esculenta.

Anemone nemorosa (wood anemone)

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 21:17

Shop around for Anemone nemorosa, you can buy them like Snowdrops by the 100 from various places.

They do very well from roots (not bulbs) They look like thin brown sticks.

Not what it looks like

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 18:18

It could be P. esculenta which is the other one most commonly met with in Britain.

Talkback: How to make a rock garden in a trough

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 14:04

Modern thinking is that one should not put a layer of drainage material in the bottom of a  trough like I have done in the past. It just adds a layer of wet material for the roots of plants to go into and rot.

Anemone nemorosa (wood anemone)

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 08:56

Like all members of that family, the seed has a very short life span. I am not sure that bought seed is going to be viable. Really what you need is fresh seeds from an existing plant. Even then the seed is best taken when still green and sown fresh and left to the weather. Keep moist over Summer and they usually germinate in Spring. Though mine often germinate within days of sowing.

From fresh seed like that they are very easy. Bit harder to keep them growing on to flowering size though, especially through a hot Summer.

 

Crocuses

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 21:35

Wish we could grow them, I love Crocus. In our previous garden I had thousands and a lot of the species too, expensive some of them. Here? Mouse fodder!. Plant them and then in Spring you find a tuft of leaves, but no corm underneath. Lost almost all the  ones we have ever planted, except C thomasinianus which breeds rapidly and just about keeps up with the mice.

And yes I have tried planting them in baskets and all the other suggestions too, no difference, they get eaten.

Alpine trough project

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 18:01

No, but you don't need it, that is an old recipe for hyper-tufa. Sieved peat would do, or even sieved  non-peat potting compost. Anything which is fibrous is what the mixture needs. And the sieving is only to make sure there are no lumps of material in it.

Dark Red Sedum

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 08:56

Looking at Xenox images the leaves maybe very red but the flowers are only dark pink rather than red.

If you want a ground hugging red Sedum, then Sedum spurium Voodoo is a really good one.

Breeze Block Planters

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 14:20

Only thing about painting them white is that it could end up looking like a grave/mausoleum type thing.

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