Latest posts by Berghill

I.D please

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 16:16

That looks like Houttuynia cordata 'Chamaeleon and if it is it is an awful thug where suited. Crush a leaf and smell it. Supposed to smell 'fishy'

Apple tree problems

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 16:57

Probably the best thing to do. Shame is that one can no longer buy Copper sulphate which was as good as anything for Blackspot aka Scab without being to non-organic.

Apple tree problems

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 08:10

Snap. We do not spray either.

The leaf discolouration is one of the Blackspot things to which all plants are susceptible. I just make sure that any affected leaves are removed and got rid of, not composted.

White Forsythia

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 15:57

Do you mean Abeliophyllum distichum?

Gladiola bulbs being dug up

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 15:54

They dig large holes in borders looking for bulbs. smaller holes in the lawn looking for grubs. One dug a hole three feet across and 18 inches deep in one of my rock gardens looking for a bees nest.

Double flower Hellebores

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 10:42

It depends on how the flower has doubled. If it is just the number of petals which have increased and the stamen and anthers are still viable then bees can still feed from the plants. In some forms though the sexual parts have become petaloid and these are sterile so no pollen for the bees. You can only really tell by looking at the middle of a double flower. We have lots of doubles which do produce seed.


Posted: 29/06/2016 at 20:23

The other possibility is Campanula latiloba alba.

Cup Plant

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 10:20

Not a weed in my garden. One clump and it has stayed as one clump for the last 10 years. Dead head if it seeds around.

What is this plant?

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 10:17

It comes in a lot of different coloured leaf forms too, besides the one pictured. Worth looking out for P. Red Dragon, or P. Painter's Palette.

Gladiola bulbs being dug up

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 10:15

If you think it is a squirrel then the answer is to plant the corms in a ball made from chicken wire netting. The stems can grow through it, but squirrels find it hard to chew through the wire. A badger would not care.

OR. Plant the bulbs in one of those perforated pots used for pond plants and put a layer of chicken wire over the top and bury the whole thing.

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