Latest posts by Berghill

Yes, Prime Minister

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 17:44

Lucky you,Frank, where I lived only 5 percent of boys could go to the local Grammar school as that was all the room there was in it. The rest of us had to go to Secondary Moderns. Fortunately all of those in the town encouraged us to stay on and take O levels and A' levels and actually did better than the Grammar school.

You could actually get a Bursary for uniforms.

Fungus identification and solution

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 08:51

Another thought. Root aphids can look like white fungus on the roots and their waxy covering is white and does come to the surface if the soil is disturbed.

first apple harvest!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 17:49

I would eat them now. The damage is where they will begin to decay. They may last a while but eventually they will go.

I have just picked 100 kilos oj Ashmead's Kernel. They now need sorting into keepers and chuckers. The trouble; is there as more on the tree than I have picked, but no where to keep that many and no use for them either. Sad.

Help, what is this alien?

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 08:56

Pear rust.

It needs a Juniper to complete its life cycle so there must be one somewhere nearby. Remove the juniper if you can.

Lots of other advice on the RHS site.

Late-summer apples?

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 16:21

We have Ashmead's Kernel which is just about ready here in North Shropshire. Also Court Pendu Plat which is a later flowering variety too.

Creating a rock garden

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 14:04

Agree. Sorry was called away before I carried on with answering this.

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.

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.

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The Bee Border

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The mole hole to end all moleholes

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Olearia pruning

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Alpines for All

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Slup pellets

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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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