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Latest posts by Berghill

Turf stacking

Posted: 08/09/2012 at 13:48

I covered ours and it definitely works better, if your turf is at all weedy. Fine weed free lawn turf would not need covering.

can anyone name this plant?

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 21:06

Pure guess...Penstemon Husker's Red?

Aftercare of geums

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 21:04

There is one which is a dreadful weed, Geum urbanum. I would say that all ours have flowered their little cotton socks off. G. Blazing Sunset has been magnificent all Summer. Keep cutting it down and it throws up more flowering stems.

The Geum rivularis types do better in a more shady position or in damper soil if in sun.

Not got Totally Tangerine......yet. Refuse to pay £9.99 for it or even lass willing to pay £12.99 for it which is what I saw it priced at in a Wyevale.

Had a little count up only got 28 of them.

Mini cyclamen

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 17:08

They are actually C. persicum.


Posted: 04/09/2012 at 17:37

And after saying all that I have just been weeding out dozens of P. vulgaris. P. veris and the P. elatior as thet have self seeded all over the gravel garden.  Tried transplanting to the hedgerow outside but they do not seem to take there.


Posted: 04/09/2012 at 12:07

The horrible mucky pink Primrose is just a cross between the ones sold as Primulas and our native Primula. P. scotica is very difficult to grow. It is thought to be semi-parasitic on dwarf grasses which it grows amongst in its native Scotland.

As with Spanish Bluebells and the native English Bluebells, our native Primula vulgaris is in danger of losing its purity by crossing with the garden varieties. Even Primula veris has been know to cross with these, so you get pink flowers on a tall stem.


Posted: 04/09/2012 at 10:51
Kitty Jingga wrote (see)

. I know real primrose are suppose to be white but these were colourful.


Just a quick point our native Primroses are yellow. Unless they are the much rarer P. scotica which are pink

wild picking

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 18:05

Be careful with other things too. There are plenty of lovely blackberries n the hedgerows along the lane on which we live. BUT picking them might not be a good idea, the fields were recently spread with the contents of the Chicken sheds from a nearby farm. Having had the stuff tested, it contains Salmonella, Listeria and E coli bacteria. I would be very doubtgyl about eating any fruit from round here.

Russain Vine help

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 17:58

It certainly looks like Russian Vine (Fallopia baldschuanica ) and if it is it is one of the most appalling weeds going. It will take over the world given half a chance. Many people think it ashould be on the banned list like Japanese Kotweed and Himalayan Balsam. Why on earth would you want to take cuttings of it?

mystery bulb

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 09:17

Not even related to Alliums, actually in the same family as Daffodils.

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