Latest posts by Berghill

What plant?

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 14:50

How about Adiantum capillus veneris, the native Maidenhair fern?

Identification Help Please

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 13:33

Has no effect whatsoever on the moles here.

Can anyone identify please?

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 11:54

We have never let it even grow here for the last 20 years and still we get seedlings!

Badger problem

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 20:38

They are creatures of habit and follow scent trails and regular paths. So you need to find where they are getting into the garden and block it off. We have had to put about 100 metres of chicken wire round the garden perimeter. I know they can and will chew through it and dig under it. Here they cannot as there is the remains of wall all round us. To stop them approaching the fence we were told to put half filled clear plastic bottles as they are supposed to frighten the badgers away. It looks a bit odd, but so far no attempt has been made to damage the fence. The fencing is also loose which makes climbing it very difficult. I did hang Jeye's Fluid soaked cloths in the places where they had been coming in under the original fencing. BUT, since they have not been back so far this winter or spring I have not replaced them.
If you look on the Interweb things there is a lot of advice, but do take care, a lot of the things proposed are illegal (including the Jeye's Fluid thing).

Can anyone identify please?

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 17:01

First one looks very much like the dreaded Carex pendula. A seed weed of the worst kind. Check if the leaves are triangular in cross section.

Second does look like a Euphorbia, some of them are a bit inclined to seed all over the place too. Eyesight is not up to id from the photo though.

Nepeta - catmint

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 08:49

To give the plant a good start I usually put an upturned wire hanging basket over it. That stays there until the plant has built up a reasonable spread.

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Nepeta - catmint

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 20:32

Our cats ignore the Nepeta, until I disturb it, They go mad for the scent, so once it is planted and left alone, they will not bother with it.

SHRUB ID PLEASE. (lost the label)

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 16:00

Leptospernum scoparium possibly Electric Red.

I.D please

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 15:37

Carex pendula. A thug of the worst kind. We have not allowed  it to grow here for over 20 years and still we get seedlings.

Eranthis cilicica (one of the Winter Aconites)

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:41

Don't wait for them to turn brown though. Gently stroke the seed pods and if they open then take the seed while it is still pale coloured. Sow straight away, cover lightly and keep moist. Rodents love them so take care. they do not need any heat, just keeping moist.

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