Berghill


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Vine Weevil?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 15:15

The Old compost contained an organo-phosphate poison called Suscon Green (rather nasty stuff for humans.) The new thing is a fungus which works in much the same way as the nematodes.

Vine Weevil?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 14:26

Well, it becomes needful for someone to do it. I found an adult in my Alpine house last night walking all over the collection of Saxifrages (along with half a dozen slugs).


There is a possibility that a compost will be on sale soon which contains a fungus which attacks and kills the larva. It is already available in the Netherlands. The fungus itself is available to Nursery persons here, but how many use it I do not know.

Please help me identify this

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 14:16

Now I reckon that that was a Phytolaca americana plant.

Vine Weevil?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 14:12

I would go out at night with a torch and see if I could catch them at work.  No help with the already laid eggs, but it does stop them laying any more.

Things I don't get

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 15:17

People who pull out of junctions forcing you to brake and then they drive slowly.


Posting Music videos on Garden sites.

Plant ID's

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 15:32

Still think the yellow one is one of the forms of Anthemis tinctoria.

hidcote plant

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 11:55

One of the many forms of Salvia.

Plant ID

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 11:03

Second one is Chaenomeles japonica, or Quince. the fruits are edible when properly ripe, but they do need cooking as they are very hard.


First one looks like the seed heads of Hypericum species, possibly Hidcote as being the most frequently planted.

Can anyone tell me what this is please, and is it ok to eat?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 10:31

Sorry about the odd additions to this post, not my doing!

Can anyone tell me what this is please, and is it ok to eat?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 10:29

Bit hard to tell, but the flower spike looks remarkably like Pokeweed aka Phytolacca americana


If it is( and don't take my word for it then the following from an American acquaintance may be useful.


Don`t worry,, none of the plant is toxic except the roots, that is an old wives tale that persists to this day. I have poke weed growing everywhere here. The leaves in early spring are eaten like spinach and taste similar. When young the stems can be peeled and steamed like asparagus or sliced and fried like okra. The plant does have oxalic acid but so does spinach, beet greens, cabbage, chocolate, black tea and almost all dark leafy greens. The berries are food for wild birds, and my dog loves them. We used the dark purple juice for ink when I was a kid. If the plant was toxic there would be no one left in the south because it is a spring staple. People drive the back roads here searching for poke weed. At this time of year it is too strong and tough to eat but next March or April it will be coming up again. You can also prune the plant back late spring and eat the new growth. All that is required is to wash and boil the leaves for 10 to 15 minutes then pour into a colander and let drain. When reasonably dry sauté in oil about ten minutes and add salt to taste. We like to add one or two eggs and scramble those with the greens till done. Serve with hot buttered cornbread and a dash of pepper sauce. Poke weed also has anti cancer properties and about the same vitamin content as spinach.

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