Latest posts by Berghill

who knew?

Posted: 11/07/2017 at 17:46

Blame DNA testing. Plants which were lumped together as being related because they looked similar are now being found to not be related after all. That means that the old name is no longer valid in Botanical terms that is. According to Botanists you cannot call a Rose a Rose if it is not a Rose.

white flowering plant

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 14:27

I do not know what your conifer is, but if it has white flowres then it is not a conifer. Sorry.

Mystery weed with huge tuberous root!

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 09:01

Very much so, Paeony. Therefore not usually considered a weed.

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.

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