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Latest posts by Berghill

Re Plantings from pots to garden

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 12:34

Water well afterwards as it does take a while for the roots to leave the old compost and venture out into the wide world beyond. and very often the foliage keeps any rain off the roots, so even if it ever rains they plants could still be dry.

June Drop

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 08:44

I just mow over the applets so they get picked up by the machine,saves a lot of bending!

help with unusual plant identification

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:55

Agree, Morina longifolia. Nice, but collecting the seeds is painful!

Confessions of the plantaholics

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 21:22

I answered an id question and (for once)got the Buddleja correct. (Silver Anniversary) Then remembered  buying one. It took me two hours of searching to find it in the garden. Does that count as plantaholicism?

PS. Hate Velcro any way.

plant id please

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:06

We make a really nice Quince Jelly from these. Wait until they are properly ripe (when they turn yellow,end of August here. Ripe when they smell really nice).

Slice them up and boil them Strain the cooked fruit and then use 1lb of sugar to a 1 pint of liquid. Gorgeous. Had some on my toast this morning.

Old "Compost heap" / Leaves - What to do?

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 12:44

I would imagine that the decomposed material will be fantastic stuff.

If the grass has just turned to slime, then do not despair, dig a trench across an area where you want to cultivate and bury the 'slime' and cover over with soil. It will soon be incorporated into the soil by good old worms and bacteria.

Our 'non-compost' heap is used about every 5 years and the stuff in there is really good despite being made up of all sorts of roots and such like which cannot go on the heap proper.

Length of time means little.

Bearded Iris

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 20:36

Well, as I said, it is a new one on me. Some of ours only have one big rhizome and rarely make new ones and they flower each year.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 20:34

It is not until you start taking pictures that you realise just how many Honeysuckles we actually have. I counted 15 just, supposedly all different, but............

Potato flowers

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 18:21

No, some varieties do not flower. Scrape around near the stem and see what the tubers look like, size wise. If they are big enough then use them.

With main crops you can wait until the tops begin to die down, then go furtling for tubers.

Bearded Iris

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 17:42

Any experts out there? Just read an answer on another site where the chap replied that the rhizome which flowered would not flower again so should be discarded. Now I am almost positive that some of my dwarf forms have flowered on every rhizome, every year since they were planted. They have never been split as such either.

What do you think about that idea? It is a new one on me.

Discussions started by Berghill

How very frustrating.......

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More work!

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Silly question of the day!

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Ptilostemon afer

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Bearded Iris

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Nectaroscordum siculum

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Chlorotic leaves

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Camassia changing colour

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Health and Safety

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Posting removal

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Garden Pictures 2015

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Early Spring

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First Hellebore!

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Olearia x haastii

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