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Latest posts by Berghill

Mystery Purchase- Beautiful..dusky maroon umbels

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 21:29

My Actaea have gone to fruit, so no flowers to see now, but that is definitely the spitting image of our "Joe Pye Weed" Eupatorium purpureum

mystery bulb

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 21:26

Scadoxus multiflorus.

Mystery Purchase- Beautiful..dusky maroon umbels

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 15:59

Yep, definitely looks like Eupatorium to me too.

Iris's and Gladioli

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 10:32

Just answered this above.

Talkback: How to divide iris rhizomes

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 10:31

Lots of questions there. First of all first year Irises do not need splitting up. Next year maybe, if the rhizomes are overcorwded. Resons for non-flowering are many, but take your pick from, 1 too young, 2 underfed and 3 lack of sunlight on the roots last Summer.

1 Wait.

2. Feed with Maxicrop about now and Tomato type food in early Spring.

3. Move to a sunnier place. Or if the rhizomes are overshadowed or facing the wrong direction, change that. They should always be planted sp that the rhizomes are exposed to as much sun  as possible.

Next, o;d flowering stems. Cut the stem itself off back to where it emerged from the leaves. Clean up and remove and dead or dying leaves and you can if the tips are going brownl cut of the tops of the leaves, but to no more than half their length. The plant needs them for food production.

Gladiolus bulbs may be left in ,if you are on a well drained sandy soil and they were planted deeply enough for frost not to reach the corms, otherwise dig up and store over winter for replanting in Spring.


Posted: 19/08/2012 at 20:30

And just to add, Vine weevil adults eat cicular holes in the edges of the leaves, not in the middle like that.

Get Rid of your Lawns

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 15:37

Interesting to look at the history of the' lawn'. Partly (outside of the Monasteries) it was a statement of wealth. "Look at me I can afford to have this amount of land and NOT grow food on it. " Also until the invention of the lawn mower it was very labour intensive to keep it cut short.

I would love Mr. Flowerbum to come and remove two of our grassed areas and put them into cultivation. the top lawn has about an inch of soil over the big gravel used in road construction. You cannot get a fork into it anywhere to spike it even, never mind dig it up.  The other area is probably full of the remains of a tudor house and three Georgian properties which were bulldozed across the land in the 60's. Again where ever one puts in a fork, one hits brick. Since we have already removed over 30 tons of rubbish from the land, I think I will pass on removing them.

In some ways I agree. We did not have a lawn in our previous small garden as we used all the soil for growing things. And they certainly do consume a large amount of petrol just to keep them short.


Posted: 12/08/2012 at 09:59

Well our Damsons are probably Shropshire whatever and grow wild in the hedgerows. When fully ripe they are very palatable.

The only fruit this year on any of the Plum/Damson/Greengage trees in our garden are still green. The earliest ones to be ready are some wild 'Bullace' type ones down the lane and they are just light puple.

Damson Crop for 2012

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 09:56

Would be nice if there were any on the trees this year.


Posted: 10/08/2012 at 21:21

Even our plums are not ready until the beginning of September. I suppose it depends on where you are, in warmer climes they may well be ready sooner.

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