Berghill


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OMG.....Leeches!

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 09:10

The kind of leeches used in medicine (still today as there is nothing better for removing poisoned blood) are extremely rare in the wild.

SAD NEWS

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 08:37

And since there is actually only one Bramley, growing all over the world, it would be hard for it to die.

Cherry (English) Laurel

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 08:33

If you want thicker growth at the base then prune to encourage them to shoot from below the cut. Though to me they look to be bushing out nicely as it is. If there are decent basal growths them leave them alone to grow.


How about that for a non-committal answer?

Last edited: 19 July 2016 08:35:36

Bug troubles

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 17:34

So-called American blight which is actually a scale insect. The wool is actually wax and waterproof, so most sprays have no effect as they cannot reach the insect. Try either one based on Horticultural soft soap, or more laborious dip a cotton bud on Methylated spirits   and dab it all over the scales. Either way it takes a long time to be clear of this pest.

Apple Tree Rootstock

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 21:30

If I had the time I would grow apple trees from seed to go where I want


Trouble with that is that Apples do not grow true from seed. They are reckoned to be the plant most capable of variation from seed. You could get a decebt ree, but the likely hood is that you could wait 25 years and end up with a very tall tree which produced a crop of tiny bitter apples.

The mole hole to end all moleholes

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 15:38

No, we don't live in the mountains and the rocks come from all down the West coast of Britain, brought by glaciers in the last Ice Age and dumped here at the bottom of a huge lake, say about 100,000 years ago, As to why they are buried in our garden, your guess is as good as mine. The brick rubble and slate come from three 1804 houses which fell down in the 1960's and were bulldozed across the land. The boulders were obviously part of what was here then and indeed, some of them have lime mortar on them, but generally we have never been able to work out why they are in the garden.

The mole hole to end all moleholes

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 16:50

I found a mole hill in the grass path. I dug down to see if I could find the run for a trap placement.


This is what we ended up with.



Mole hole 1



Another rock which is too heavy to move,just yet.



The rocks we did manage to move elsewhere.


Not photographed are the three bags of brick rubble removed from the hole.


And worst of all, no sign of the mole tunnel either.

Last edited: 16 July 2016 16:52:18

Bad year for raspberries

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 08:53

We have such a heavy crop this year that the plants have snapped their supports with the weight of fruit. Makes picking a bit difficult.

help to identify this plant?

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 15:47

May not be such a thug for Alex, but it is a banned plant in parts of the USA as it is such a problem in the JK vein..

help to identify this plant?

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 14:27

Sorbaria has white flowers about now. Leaves are not the right shape for Astilbe.

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The mole hole to end all moleholes

 
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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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Chlorotic leaves

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Camassia changing colour

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