Latest posts by Berghill

Saxifrage brown in middle?

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 21:28

If not then mossy Saxifragaes are dead easy to propagate. Any piece with roots will soon grow into a healthy clump. Once the centre has gone like that it rarely fills up again, the natural habit is to grow outwards from the centre.

I have just removed a clump of Peter Pan, it was over a metre wide and a bit more long. They can get very big.

Oh and they also dislike midday sun.


Posted: 08/10/2012 at 21:24

The fruit makes a wonderful Air freshener. Just bring one in and leave it on a window ledge and the fragrance will fill the air.

Long-handled bulb planter

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 10:11

Take care though, I bought one from a G/C a few years back. I bent it out of shape the first time I used it.


Posted: 08/10/2012 at 10:09

The only differences between Chaenomeles and  Cydonia are very small Botanical hair splitting things. The fruits are exactly the same taste and texture. The only reason the Cydonia fruits are bigger is because they are from selected trees, in the same way as cultivated Raspberries are bigger than wild ones.

We have made Jelly from both and I defy anyone to distinguish between them.

evergreen climber

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 16:51

Try Lonicera alseusomoides, heck of a mouthful,  but tough as they come and Bees absolutely adore it.

Tree Peony from seed

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 15:38

I have and it takes  about 4  to 5 years before they are ig enough to flower.

Poisonous plant

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 16:55

Nor me. Just make sure you go down deep enough to get all the bulbs out. As far as poisonous gooes, it maybe, but there have been no reported deaths from it for a very very long time.

Silene and Phlox roots

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 12:54

For various reasons. like bad backs, bad knees,bad weather and such like, one area of one of our rock gardens has been swamped by Silene maritima and Phlox Oakington Blue eyes (and this is an area of about 15 sq metres). So now I am slightly fit I was in the  process of clearing it, but I was wondering if the roots of either of these are' persistent'?  Dandelion roots are persistent, but Creeping buttercups are not (as long as you remove all the growing points).

Anyone any experience of clearing these plants out?

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 21:29

Out of interest what was the manure you used? Was it horse? In which case it may have had aminopyralid weedkiller in it. That kills many plants. Just a thunk!

Depressed apple tree owner - needs help...

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 09:27

And the black spots on the leaves and fruit is Apple Scab, been a bad year for that too, cool and damp. All you can do if it recurs is to spray with a fungicide according to the info on the packet. I use Copper sulphate, but that is being taken off the market.

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