Berghill


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WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO?

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 20:34

Our grand daughter has a boy friend. They never meet, they just talk by electronic media. At least she will not get pregnant that way.


It is not new. 30 years ago the Infant School  which sent children to the Primary School where I worked, reported that some of their new intake know very few words and most of them went with 'Off' but they all knew how to turn on a TV set.

Has anybody sown Pulsatilla vulgaris seeds successfully?

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 16:27

We did not harvest any seeds this year. I already have over 100 babies coming up to be ready to sell  in Spring so we did not need any new ones.


The seeds are normally ready in July so make a note of it in your Diary and PM around the middle of the month and I will send you some of each colour form which we have. I am hopeless at remembering things like that so you would need to ask.

Has anybody sown Pulsatilla vulgaris seeds successfully?

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 14:10

Possibly, never had to do that myself though so cannot give any advice on length of time etc. You can certainly store the seeds in the fridge for later sowing (or so I am led to believe).

Has anybody sown Pulsatilla vulgaris seeds successfully?

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 12:29

They like a very well drained soil with a certain amount of lime in it. Their natural home is in the thin turf over the chalk of the South Downs.


You could try packeted seeds. They may just take a lot longer to germinate if they do at all. I have had some grow from Seed from Seed exchanges. Never tried commercial seeds.


They are not the easiest of plants for pot culture. JI soil based compost with added limestone grit would suit them.

Salix

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 09:14

If you mean that the leaves have gone brown then this is normal. they are after all deciduous trees and lose their leaves over winter.

Has anybody sown Pulsatilla vulgaris seeds successfully?

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 09:12

Definitely needs to be fresh seed. Also much of the seed is not viable in the first place. You need to look carefully at the actual seed n the end of the 'feather' Viable seed is plump, non-viable flat.


Some people remove the 'feather' before sowing as they can rot and damage the seed, but I never have.


I just gently poke the seed into the compost so it is stood upright as it would be if self sown, then trickle grit between them. No heat required, just a safe place where the pots do not get disturbed by humans, weather or animals.


I also tend to prick them out as soon as they are big enough to handle. They do not like root disturbance so be very careful when doing this. If, like some of mine this year did, they do not germinate until autumn then leave them in the seed pot until they begin to regrow in Spring.


Most of the time these days I just dig up self sown seedlings from around the parent plant, makes it a lot easier, but then they like my rock garden and are almost seed weeds.

Jasmine Clotted Cream Yellow

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 13:51

It is semi-decidous in that it loses its leaves in most normal winters, but keeps them in mild part of the country. Lovely plant with delightful scent and cream coloured flowers of good size for a Jasmine.

Then And Now

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 17:48

Have not got any photos, but can tell of a strange coincidence. When I was teaching I found a book which contained photos of 'slum' dwellings in my old town. Imagine my surprise when one of the pictures was of my mother and her sister stood outside their parents Corner shop. I was a little horrified in that the area was far from a slum though.

Any hope for my completely broken Magnolia Stellata sapling?

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 17:44
LolaRuth says:

Berghill says:

Get the injury bound up with tape as you said, as soon as possible. It may well heal. We had a similar mishap with a Winter flowering Cherry. It survived and flowers well now.


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 Thank you Berghill, I will try this - do you perhaps have a brand name for tree tape? I've heard it referred to but am having thouble finding, or can it be any tape, like that stretchy black electrical tape?


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 When I did it I used Sellotape, but any plastic tape would do. Say a clear food bag cut into strips and bound tightly round the stem. Make sure if you do this that the pieces touch otherwise they will not rejoin. Basically what you are doing is a graft. I am assuming here that there is enough stem below the damage to fasten the broken part to.

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Any hope for my completely broken Magnolia Stellata sapling?

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 12:36

Get the injury bound up with tape as you said, as soon as possible. It may well heal. We had a similar mishap with a Winter flowering Cherry. It survived and flowers well now.

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