Berghill


Latest posts by Berghill

Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 27/11/2013 at 17:35

The 2,000 labels I just bought have to be rubbed down with wire wool before any pencil lead will stick to them. Doubles the work.

 

Buried treasure

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 21:27

We have removed over 30 tons of 'treasure' from this garden over the last 18 years and still we find stuff being pushed up by the moles.

So how about an old push chair type pram (sans enfant), upright and buried in rubbish. Never did find the original ground level in that bit.

Best find is an old stone pig trough.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/Berghill/trough/041.jpg

 

And a path made of field stones.

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/Owdboggy/August%20Garden%202013/August2013garden068.jpg

 

 

Weather Forecasting? Don't get me started

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 12:35

What really annoys me is when I watch  a forecast and it shows the latest Satellite picture of us with no clouds, yet outside it is raining and as black as.......wherever is very black.

 

Sorbus hupehensis

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 13:26

I wonder here, if it is to do with the position of the tree. The uneaten ones are in the wooded area and so maybe less 'secure'. The eaten on is out in the open so fewer places for the predators to hide.

Sorbus hupehensis

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 10:27

Birds in our garden are odd (fieldfares and blackbirds) They have completely stripped the Sorbus cashmeriana (white berries) and igmored red, orange and pink berries.

Only red berries taken so far were on the Holly.

Cannot see any Cotoneaster berry reduction either, nor Pyracantha.

The birds have also begun to eat the apples much earlier than usual too.

Crabapples,

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 20:29

Bit worried about the picture of John Downie. The fruit pictured in my book on Crab Apples shows it as a slightly more elongated shape and with yellow and red colouring. It is described as being orange with red cheeks in F.Fiala's book on flowering Crab apples.

Cannot find a picture of ours either.

Really nice one is M. Gorgeous. Tasted one at Sunall Hall, almost sweet enough to eat raw.

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 09:24

I buy most of my plants from Plant Hunters Fairs. Small nurseries (not GC selling everything but plants) Good prices, less common plants.

Sorry but £16.99 for a perennial which I bought at the same size for £3.50 is not my idea of good household economics.

 

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 21:10

Went in two Garden Centres today (need the toilet). Bought..........a Cheese topped loaf.

Plants? a Few but the prices have gone up AGAIN!

Bulbs? Half price, but still to much for me to pay.

We should all get together and boycott these places until they have to bring prices down to actually sell something.

planting Hawthorh from cuttings

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 18:01

We have 100 feet plus of Hawthorn which is kept closely trimmed (usually these days by the Hedge man who does the whole road for the council.) And there are rarely any berries, few flowers to see and no birds use it in winter even where there is ivy. On the other hand our 30 foot Beech hedge is full at the moment of all sorts of bird using it for winter shelter.

planting Hawthorh from cuttings

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 16:54

I would not recommend Hawthorn for hedging, unless you need to keep animals or humans in or out. They have thorns and are a b......to  dispose of the trimmings. Go for Beech or Hornbeam, Both keep their leaves over winter so much more bird friendly and NO THORNS!

Discussions started by Berghill

Alpines for All

 
Replies: 9    Views: 282
Last Post: 16/06/2016 at 17:27

Slup pellets

 
Replies: 13    Views: 658
Last Post: 09/06/2016 at 20:26

Iris sibirica

Replies: 8    Views: 524
Last Post: 19/06/2016 at 11:46

Fascinating discovery

Replies: 14    Views: 1609
Last Post: 08/12/2015 at 18:19

How very frustrating.......

Replies: 11    Views: 1585
Last Post: 12/12/2015 at 12:53

More work!

Replies: 13    Views: 732
Last Post: 02/11/2015 at 09:14

Silly question of the day!

Replies: 37    Views: 1528
Last Post: 22/10/2015 at 21:12

Ptilostemon afer

Replies: 1    Views: 442
Last Post: 17/08/2015 at 17:53

Bearded Iris

Replies: 5    Views: 497
Last Post: 29/06/2015 at 20:41

Bloooo...badger

Replies: 4    Views: 559
Last Post: 19/06/2015 at 20:21

Nectaroscordum siculum

Replies: 2    Views: 490
Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 15:40

Chlorotic leaves

Replies: 14    Views: 641
Last Post: 01/06/2015 at 00:56

Camassia changing colour

Replies: 5    Views: 577
Last Post: 08/05/2015 at 12:54

Health and Safety

Replies: 11    Views: 730
Last Post: 12/04/2015 at 17:05

Posting removal

Replies: 12    Views: 817
Last Post: 19/03/2015 at 10:27
1 to 15 of 39 threads