Latest posts by Berghill

Help Plant Ident

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:28

Thanks Figrat, you have helped me remember the name of a plant we bought many years ago and lost the label.

Molopospermum peloponnesiacum. Mouthful ain't it?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 13:09

 Anyone put a name to this newly hatched butterfly?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 12:58

This is our garden as it was at the beginning of this month.

Used to entitle these postings on the olld Beeb site as

An Invitation to View. So

What do I do

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 09:44

Yes you may dig up your snowdrops now. BUT you need to replant them as soon as possible. These are what is classed as'naked', bulbs. They lack the skin of say daffodils, so they cannot take being dried out. This is why the ones often bought from shops fail to grow, they have desiccated so much they are dead.

Pruning a Broom

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 10:29

Cuttings from Brooms are dead easy. The professional I used to work for, used to roll them up in clear tpae, 20 at a time and put them in his propagating bench and they all rooted within a very short time.

Talkback: How to make a rock garden in a trough

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 15:20

         For this sink I used a selection of rocks picked up in the garden, but in other sinks I have used slate, or sandstone slabs or even broken paving stones.

        The rocks are placed to create crevices and other planting areas and to give a great depth of soil in places.

         More soil is added to fill up the crevices and to steady the rocks.

         Finally a layer of gravel was put on top. In this case I used 12 mm gravel to match the gravel used on the area where the sink was to be positioned. It could have been covered with 5 mm grit, or if I had intended planting lime loving plants I could have used a crushed limestone.

           A selection of alpine plants positioned where I though they looked best

          Planted up and the gravel cleaned up. Job

Talkback: How to make a rock garden in a trough

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 15:14

Wondered if this article I wrote was of any use.

           We found a number of these old Belfast type sinks around the garden. This is how I turned them into alpine growing areas.

The sink was scrubbed with bleach to remove any dirt and grease before being painted with a neutral shade of exterior paint.  Once the sink has been filled with soil it is very heavy so position it in its final spot before going any further.

         The plug hole was covered with a piece of zinc foil. This helps to stop worms from getting in and also prevents the filling material from being washed out and blocking the drainage hole.

To keep the foil in place I put some pieces of stone over it to weight it down.

          Next I put a layer of 12 mm gravel over the bottom of the sink to about a depth of 5 cms or so.

          A layer of smaller grit and sharp sand was added over the top of the gravel. This was 5cm crushed granite

           Now the sink was filled with a mixture of John Innes No. 3 and more of the 5mm gravel, in the ratio of 3 to 1 by volume.

Talkback: How to make a rock garden in a trough

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 13:36

Unless you can get guranteed sterile loam with no weed seeds or soil pests, you are better using a commercial John Innes No 3 , half and half with 5mm crushed granite grit, unless you want to grow lime loving plants then you could use 5mm limestone grit.


Posted: 28/04/2012 at 15:04

Not so sure about pruning a Viburnum that hard. Never had to do it to any of ours and we have , at the last count, 28 different ones.


Posted: 28/04/2012 at 12:45

And the name of the most well known Dicentra is now Lamprocapnos spectabilis as DNA has shown it is only related to the true  Dicentras, like the one above.

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