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Latest posts by Berghill

getting rid of unwanted shrubs

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 12:02

Sneak behind the sheds and spray the weeds with strong weed killer. We had to do that in our previous garden. The owners of the land never even noticed that the weeds had gone.

What is plant

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 11:59

Make fabulous Jam and the true Quince was the original fruit used for Marmalade.

Potential jam??

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 10:21

Or perhaps Damson? Try one when ripe. If sloe then it will be bitter,if Damson then tart and sweet.

Hidcote Manor

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 17:30

Thinking about it, coaches get there with no apparent difficulty.

Hidcote Manor

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 20:59

Don't  know about the roads, but the garden is lovely and well worth a visit.

Here is a slide show of them to whet your appetite.


my apples have measles

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 20:50

If you do scrub the bark then use a Horticultural soft soap, which is reasonably organic. The wool on these pests is a wax covering which makes them water proof. The soap removes it and then they drown. They do need removing as they can seriously damage the trees.

The marks on the fruit sound more like Apple scab than Bitter pit. Bitter pit does not normally show on the skin as early as this.

Bit late to do anything now,  but in future you cold try spraying with Copper sulphate, again reasonably organic.

Despite the marks on the skins the apples are usually still edible when peeled.


Plant i d please

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 08:54

Strangely enough, despite people calling it Monbretia, it was never actually called that  in Botanic writings. Right from the beginning it was Crocosmia.

Stone the crows!

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 21:09

Jays are even more bad news if you are a small songbird with a nest full of babies.

Grey Squirrels are rats with good P.R. Vermin with bushy tails. And rightly classed as such too.

weed taking over lawn

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 11:36

Just wish those weeds which I don't mind in the grass paths (refuse to claim them as lawns) would stay in the grass and not migrate to the borders where they choke out things I want to grow. They even have the nerve to grow in the Veg patches! Cheeky things.

The one weed in the grass which I do prefer not to have though is a flat growing thistle. The mower just goes over the top of it and barefoot walking is a bit painful to say the least. It has spines which are almost invisible so if you pull the plant up, even with gloves on, they go into your fingers, disappear and then turn septic later on.

I also tend to kill off the Ragwort which, despite there being none in the hedgerows or fields round us, seems to re=appear each year.

Stone the crows!

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 11:30

Nature is definitely red in tooth and claw. The thing that upset Victorians most about Darwin's Theories was that he showed that Nature does not care. Life for all those creatures is one long struggle.

Having said that there are some creatures which can go struggle somewhere else, other than my garden.

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