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Latest posts by Berghill

Garden centre recommendations

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 21:22

Best one near us is The Dingle Nursery in either Welshpool or Guilsford. Having said that the last time we went the prices were such that we could not actually afford to buy any plants.

Other really good one is Morrey's near Chester. Excellent quality and great prices, trouble is we have bought everything they sell over the years and they do not seem to change their stock that much.

We buy most plants these days from Plant Hunter's Fairs.


plant ID please!

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 16:22

Either Beech or Birch, we get a lot of them.

plant ID please!

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 16:18

Beech tree! Think so, we get a lot of them in our compost from neighbours trees.

edwardian britain

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 09:18

Sorry, but our ducks had the run of an acre of garden with two ponds and a stream nearby. They walked all over the plants in the garden and flattened them. Both ponds they turned into stinking messes and we eventually had to empty and rebuild them.

These were Call Ducks by the way which are not exactly big animals and there were only 3 of them.

Our great big, by comparison hens did far less damage and kept the mollusc population down as they searched out and ate the eggs of these things.

edwardian britain

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 18:40

Ducks are flattening every plant they walk on and they walk on plenty looking for the molluscs. Also they need water to help them eat and they a really dirty birds. The water very quickly goes a disgusting slimy mess.

Clematis gone funny

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 18:38

More likely to be Mildew. Wilt is extremely rare these days.

Lack of water is the usual cause. Give them a good soaking, feed with a liquid feed and spray with a suitable fungicide.

Plant ID please

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 21:14

Back to this old chestnut again!

Just dead headed dozens of stems of all our different Aconitums, my heart is still beating at its normal rate.

Five children and seven grandchildren and a garden full of poisonous plants. We have not lost one yet! (Child that is, lost a lot of plants over the years!)

Notice no-one worried about the acres of Foxgloves which are just as poisonous!

Helping Solitary Bees - will they all nest in flower pots?

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 20:35

Just  found that a bee has laid its eggs and there is a lava in a leaf tube, in a pot of Geum. Same place as the last time, just a different plant pot. No idea if they hatched last time.

Allium seeds

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 11:58

And it is only the really big, tall Alliums which take so long to reach flowering size, most of the smaller ones can flower in 2 years. I have just planted out a large number of Allium wallichii which are 2 years old and have incipient flower stalks in them. They may flower, if the weather is not too unkind.

Hazel Nuts

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 08:34

And no, they do not ripen off the tree. I pick them from the hedgerow along our lane. The time to pick is when the nut comes easily out of the husk. Gently push the top with your thumb and out it pops if ready.


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