Berghill


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Creating a rock garden

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 12:31

Most alpines need full sun, so if it gets little then you would be wasting your time and money. May be better to make it into a fernery.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 20:39

Time for another wander round the old place. A fair bit of early autumn colour.


http://s703.photobucket.com/user/Owdboggy/slideshow/October%202016

Night-time creature digging up lawns/plants/bulbs

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 15:54

We lose crocus to mice as the squirrels so far have not managed to penetrate the garden. We think the cats keep them out, but cannot keep pace with the mice population.


Looking at the damage I would say badgers, but easy enough to tell. Go look for their latrine. Deep hole filled with large black droppings (Black from the chitin of the beetles they like to crunch).


Don't go boasting about painting things with creosote or urine. It is possibly illegal to interfere with badgers in that way, unless you are the government in which case you may shoot them.

Can anyone name this shrub

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 15:45

For those who do not follow links, Elaeagnus x ebbingii. It also comes in a variegated forms too.

Night-time creature digging up lawns/plants/bulbs

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 09:01

And sadly they do dig for and eat bulbs. We lost over 1,000 tulips to them this year. Badgers do a lot of damage and it is hard to stop them coming in. You need to find where they are coming in and block it off.

Rosemary beetle

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 14:36

Sadly, yes they do feed on sage and Lavender too.

bulbs

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 12:41

Narcissus bulbocodium is easier to buy than cyclamineus and easier to grow too.


Scilla sibirica in either blue or white are nice too.

Apple scab

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 08:55

Much the same as our Greensleeves apples. They still taste good though when peeled. Sadly our Rev. Wilkes ones were so bad that they have rotted away in store before we could use them.


If you can find a source for it Copper sulphate is about the only thing left to use. Wine making places are still allowed to sell it.


Also collect up and destroy any fallen fruit and leaves to reduce the over wintering spores for next year.

fidget, look at this. Roscoea scillifolia

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 08:34

We find that  the seed pods on many of the species get eaten by molluscs long before the seeds are ripe which is very annoying.


R, scilloides is the one which they seem to leave alone and is now becoming a bit of a seed weed in the bottom of one of the rock gardens.

Heptacodium miconioides

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 20:41

Tried semi-ripe in mid Summer a few times with no success. And I usually manage most things in the cuttings frame. Possibly needs bottom heat which my facility does not have any more.

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Fascinating discovery

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How very frustrating.......

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More work!

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Silly question of the day!

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