Latest posts by Berghill

Apple Tree no fruit

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 15:52

Some of our trees have no fruit this year and they are at least 20 years old. As said ..patience and better spring weather.

Mystery blossom

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 20:39

Syringa meyeri Palibin, or Korean Lilac.

Does my tree need to come down?

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 17:40

Don't tell me about Surveyors. We had our second house supposedly surveyed. Strange how the last person to sign the keys out was me when I looked round the house prior to buying. No mention of the rampant woodworm or the fact that one could push ones finger through the 'wood' of the window frame out into the open air.

In any case why would a House surveyor have any great knowledge of trees?

Broad Beans

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 17:33

We have never had any success with overwintering Broad Beans. We are just too cold even for things as hardy as they are supposed to be. Spring sowing in the greenhouse works for us.

Does my tree need to come down?

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 14:18

There is a related problem in that removing the tree could cause more damage than leaving it where it is. There have been quite a few cases where tree removal has caused the soil to  subside and damage foundations. You really do need the opinion of a proper accredited tree surgeon before making any decision.

HELP - Lilly Bettles

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 12:29

I always remove the stamen from our lilies so that the pollen does not get on to  our animals and our clothes.

And don't forget that the systemic insecticides can damage bees when they collect the pollen from affected plants. So you may be spraying when the bees and hoverflies are not about, but still could be poisoning them.

Last edited: 06 July 2017 12:31:40

HELP - Lilly Bettles

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 16:44

Watch out for friendly cats. Ours always seem to come and rub round the plant just as I spot a beetle.

HELP - Lilly Bettles

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 14:32

Next to my patch of lilies I have a flat stone and a pebble. I place the beetles on the flat stone and use the pebble as a hammer. Very satisfying it is too.

Not keen on spraying with insecticides as they do tend to damage other wild life. I have used Horticultural soft soap on the larva with some success. Otherwise wash the larva off with a damp cloth or tissue.

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Posted: 30/06/2017 at 20:30

It seems to be off for some people, but not for others. Very odd. Perhaps it is something to do with the number of links that some people post. I do not do that many so my usage of the site for posting on other places is quite small, even though I have a lot of images stored in Photobucket.

Weed identification please

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 15:30

Are the stems slightly hairy? If so then it has the look of a Poppy (Papaver dubium). Thought I knew my weeds, but not sure on this one.

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