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Latest posts by Berghill

Bad service, bad plants beware!

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 18:03

And yet I have read as many complaints about Jerseyplants as about Parkers.

plant identification

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 20:59

Funny I asked about this on another site and then we saw this at Bodnant Gardens today. Salvia sclarea turkestanica. If you want it to be perennial then you need to cut down the flowering stems after flowering so it does not exhaust itself producing seeds. Personally I would leave a few flowers to go to seed as insurance.


Posted: 30/06/2012 at 10:32

Once the leaves have died down, then you can empty out the tubers and plant them where you want. Thy do well from fresh tubers, but not so good from dried bought ones. Hence the reputation for being difficult to establish. For anyone buying dried ones, in Autumn, try soaking them overnight in warm water with a little fungicide addded. It plumps them up no end and increases the chances of them taking.

encouraging the local woodpecker to come back to the garden

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 12:40

Forgot to mention, they are very messy feeders so they sprinkle bits of peanut all over the floor below the feeders. Good for ground feeding birds like our resident pheasants though.

The only time our magpies get really loud in the day is when the buzzard or the crows are around.

Alpine Narcissus

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 12:35

And just remember that even the tiny ones take a fair number of years to flower.

my clemetis is looking sick, any ideas

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 21:12

For once I think this may well be Cleamtis Wilt. Cut one of the wilting stems across just above the ground and if there is a purple stain in the centre of the stem then that proves it.

There is nothing much you can do this year, but cut back the affected stems to round level. Scrape away the top 2 inches of soil of so and replace with fresh. Most plants throw up new shoots next season with no trouble.

encouraging the local woodpecker to come back to the garden

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 16:44

Lesser spotted ones rarely come down from the tree tops where they live and are not often seen in gardens. The green woodpecker will come and feed on the ground in gardens if it finds a nice handy ants nest. The greater spotted woodpecker loves peanuts. As I came in there were 7 of them around waiting for me to go in so they could continue feeding. They are very agressive towards each other and other birds.


Posted: 26/06/2012 at 21:27

Waste of time feeding them after the leaves have gone, feed them in later Winter when they begin to grow. Once they have fiinished flowering and sometimes before, the flower stems are no longer attached to the bulb.

Viburnum plicatum summer snow flowers fell off

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 21:25

Being moved may have something to do with it. Or lack of pollination. Cannot say I remember ever seeing berries on any of our V. plicatum though.

Grapes growing instead of potatoes!

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 21:23

The green things may be the fruit of the potato if they flowered. Very poisonous and look like tomaotes when ripe (Both are related).

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