Latest posts by Berghill

Plant ID please!

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 10:19

Look remarkably like Cornus sanguinea stems.

my Kilmarnock willow problem

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 17:03

Willows flower next year on wood produced this year. so if you pruned it at the wrong time (easily done( then that could be the problem. If not then you need to encourage it to produce new growth. Now is the right time to cut it back and feed it.


Posted: 13/04/2016 at 08:35

Tried this a few years back, the mole just moved a couple of feet away and dug a new set of tunnels.


Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:22

No idea, but here is is most definitely sub-soil, not top soil and since there were three other houses here which were allowed to fall down and the remains spread out over the land there is plenty of rubbish for them to bring up.

I have read in the books about using mole hill soil for seed sowing, as presumably it is 'sterile' but never worked for me.


Posted: 12/04/2016 at 17:41

Well we have trapped them, tried every old wives tale preventative and nothing works. Eventually they come back in from the fields around us. Even our neighbours expert mole killing cat cannot deal with the numbers we get.

Did pour 200 gallons of grey water down the runs and that kept them away for a couple of years though. Did whiff a bit.

Most of the tunnel blocking ideas are great for forcing them to dig more tunnels, often just alongside the old one.

And as for the soil from the hills. I tried it and it set like concrete. And here it is full of broken glass, crockery and scrap metal.

Iris sibirica

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 15:46

Too late now, it is done and the best pieces planted out. The other bits are in pots. If they flower, all well and good I can sell them, otherwise they can wait until next year. They are still dormant by the way, only just beginning to grow new shoots.


Iris sibirica

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 13:12

I grew some Iris sibirica from seed a few years back and planted out the decent coloured flower ones (pale lilac, white and yellow, pure white and pure yellow) in a nursery bed. So they grew and when I say grew I mean GREW. Just split one clump into 8 pieces. I know the rules say not to split them into too small pieces so these are big bits. BUT, now I am wondering if it is the right time to actually do it. Need the room though.

Chameleon tulips!

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 14:26

The main reason why tulips go like this is a thing called Tulip Fire blight. It is transferred from wallflowers to the bulbs. If this is what it is, then the only copurse is to destroy the bulbs.

Many of the tulips which went for ridiculous prices in the Dutch Tulip Mania era were affected by this fungus.

The other cause is one of any number of viruses.



Posted: 07/04/2016 at 20:59

Rather more difficult from seed than buying plants. Most of them need the seed to be sown very fresh from the plant.

Magnolia roots

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 20:54

If the old pot drains have been replaced with modern plastics, then the problem should not recur for a fair while. I replaced our drains because of a similar problem 20 years ago and the tree which caused the problem is still there and the drains are still free from roots. It is much harder for them to force their way into the joints in a plastic pipe and the joints are further apart.

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