Latest posts by Berghill

Insects of the day

Posted: 27/07/2017 at 17:08

This chap kept still for me.

Right plant, right place (aruncus dioicus)

Posted: 27/07/2017 at 08:40

It certainly does far better in moist soil than in dry. It is one of those plants which needs wetter soil the more sun it gets.

This is probably the best place for plant needs advice.

Potatoe in barrel unsuccessful

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 16:48

I would use Maxicrop at half strength every other watering.

Potatoe in barrel unsuccessful

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 14:53

They are greedy plants which need a huge amount of water and since the water goes through and takes any nutriment out of the compost they also need to be very heavily fed. I am sure I remember reading that they need 4 gallons of water per plant per week, but don't quote me on that.

By the way we only got about 40 pounds of earlies from a 20 foot long row which is about a quarter of the normal crop. No rain here for months.


Posted: 25/07/2017 at 17:34

I would complain to the person who supplied the poor quality stuff and ask them to remove it and replace it. It is only like buying anything else, you are entitled to be given material which is fit for purpose and this clearly is not.

Collecting seeds

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 17:06

I tend to sow all of the ones mentioned as soon as they are ripe. Certainly Alliums and Aquilegia do better from fresh seed than from stored. Even if they do not germinate straight away, they often need the effect of planting to break dormancy.


Posted: 23/07/2017 at 14:55

And the one I could not spell is Pterocephalus perennis, a rather nice low growing pinkjish scabious. It is alkl over the walls at Sizergh Castle, or at least it used to be.


Posted: 23/07/2017 at 13:46

Alchemilla alpina is as big a thug as Alchemilla mollis. I spend hours taking seedlings out of the rock garden. Be warned.


Posted: 23/07/2017 at 08:54

Can vouch for Robert Potterton's plants and service too.

If you need help on Alpines the Scottish Rock Garden Club site is far easier to use than the AGS one. Sad, but true.


Posted: 22/07/2017 at 20:37

Pity you are not near me, you could have dozens for nothing. They self seed in my Alpine house like crazy. Cannot send them through the post, they have begun to grow now.

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