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Latest posts by Berghill

tiny grub nestling in frothy saliva 'nest'!

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 12:58

They also can cause a certain amount of distortion to stems on susceptible plants. I certainly do not allow them to stay on plants in the Greenhouse.

tiny grub nestling in frothy saliva 'nest'!

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 09:09

They are sap suckers so while one on a plant may do little harm, a major infestation would weaken the plant.

autumn crocus disease - what is it?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 21:12

There is a thing called Colchicum Smut which sometimes leaves the bulbs with swellings on them. Rare in Britain though. There are also Bulb mites which attack the bulbs obviously and Nematodes, ditto.

Herb - Sweet cicely

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 17:34

Read this.

http://www.laetitiamaklouf.com/2010/05/sweet-cicely-for-custard/

Sounds rather nice.

Dead Head Alliums?

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 21:17

And you often get self sown seedlings all over the place too.

Interesting point about leaving the seed heads. On some bulbs, Tulips, Narcissus for example, removing the dead flower helps the bulb keep its strength for next season, but with Alliums, it is already too late. They flower after the leaves have done their job and begun to die. In fact the flower stem is almost disconnected from the bulb altogether,

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 18:49

Not bad for someone who does not really like gardening!

Root mealybug

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 17:56

Microwave, steam sterilise, flame gun sterilise.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 17:50

Lovely B-L. enjoyed those pictures immensely.

Birdy, last bit first. The trees above the Snowdrops are Damsons mostly, though Hawthorn is there as well. The soil is a nice mix of leaf mould, broken glass, scrap metal and bits of concrete asbestos (the kind used for garages once upon a time) You do not dig in there without gloves on believe me.

We bought the house with the land with the intention of starting a  Nursery, but ill health made that impossible so we  began the garden. There was no plan as such, except that we tried to have both open views and more secluded spots.

Much of the design was influenced by what was in or under the soil. For example, one area still has the concrete flooring of the three other house which were here until the 1950's.

Another design forced on us was/is the presence of hug numbers of old batteries (don't ask me why) from the modern right back to very early accumulator types. The veg patches had to go where there was none of these potential hazards to health.

All the work was done by myself and my wife with the occasional help from our daughters, but no outside paid help. One advantage of being unemployable is having plenty of time.

Root mealybug

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 14:42

What you probalby have is a bad case of Root aphids. They cover themselves in a white waxy substance to protect against the moisture in the soil. They are very difficult to deal with and sadly this is one of those cases where you need to use a Systemic insecticide.

Very annoying pests too.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 13:33

THank-you all for your comments. Not sure if I have ever shown this on here, but this is what we began with.

http://www.ideasforgardens.net/Berghill-FGT/

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