Latest posts by Berghill

divide grasses

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 21:11

Yes, early Spring is the ideal time, they begin to make new roots then.

Honeysuckle 'Winter Beauty'

Posted: 01/01/2013 at 17:08

Problem has been the lack of sunlight/warmth to ripen the wood. Neither Winter Beauty, fragrantssima nor L. Budpest have shown much in the way of flowering here. The buds just did not get the right growing conditions. This is going to be a problem with many shrubs.

Why did you all start gardening?

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 17:43

Definitely travel sickness. I still get it exactly the same now when I am not the driver.

Fascinating how many folks were led into gardening by their parent/s. My Father did not like gardening at all and my Mother was always far too busy to do it.

I will confess, that I actually do not like 'gardening' I like messing with plants, propagating, potting up, growing on and even once upon a time showing them. But the nitty-gritty of weeding, pruning,  grass cutting and so on, leaves me cold. I do it becuase I like the place to look nice for my wife, but if I could afford a gardener.....................

Why did you all start gardening?

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 12:51

I was travel sick. Beat that for a reason!

tells the whole story. University intervened eventually and began again when we bought our first house. Have not been able to grow Sweet peas since though!

Garden Gallery

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 16:55

This reminded me that I was sure we had bought one. Searched through the boss's diary and yes we had. Fortunately she had also written down where i had planted it. Still took some finding though. Looking healthy. Now if only I could find the M. Yellow Birs I planted around the same time.

Amd Budlia63, I will be taking the leaves off the H. x orientalis in a few weeks time, weather permitting. The other types do not need that kind of treatment.

Pride before a fall!

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 12:41

Hopefully the seed pod had begin to split open before you removed it. Otherwise the seeds inside will not have been mature enough to grow.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 28/12/2012 at 20:40

Very little colour in the garden, too wet, but thses were flowering.

 Hammamaelis Jelena

 Helleborus x hybridus

 Helleborus thibetana buds.

Composting Problem

Posted: 20/12/2012 at 13:07

Talking to SWIAR, she pointed out that to put our grass mowings in the Green bin would fill both of them, 3 times over with no room for any of the other non-compostable material our garden generates.

Our old neighbours used to just throw their grass cuttings over the hedge into the field behind us. I was looking along the boundary not so long ago (missing cat!) and realised that there was a lovely mound of really good material. I told the new neighbours about it and I noticed the other day that they were collecting it and digging it into their Veg patch. Cat turned up 5 days later by the way.

If you ever want to start an argument in gardening circles then ask about Compost making and watch the stamens fly!

Composting Problem

Posted: 20/12/2012 at 10:21

Sorry Frank, I know we have had this discussion before, but all our grass cuttings eventually rot down into usable stuff, even without the fuss of mixing them and turning the heap over. In our previous garden where we did not have room even for a bin, I just did the trench method of composting the grass, across the Vegetable garden and they disappeared  into the soil, no trouble.

For those who do have trouble with grass mowings, when they have gone slimy like that, then the answer is to bury them in the garden.

Composting Problem

Posted: 19/12/2012 at 20:56

Exactly. Even the horrible slimy stuff will eventually turn into good stuff.

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