Latest posts by Berghill

A couple of plant ID's, please.

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 16:19

Is the first one Hesperis matrionalis alba?

A couple of plant ID's, please.

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 14:09

Rhodiola is what I was brain searching for. Rose root is its common name.

A couple of plant ID's, please.

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 12:34

Succulent one is Sedum, will come up with the name when my brain kicks in.

Last edited: 15 April 2017 12:34:58

Gardeners World

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 08:44

Watch out for Lily beetles on them though.

Pest on Apple Trees

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 20:45

One of the 23 or so forms of Scale insects. Various ways of dealing with them. Washing with a strong jet of water, dabbing each one with a cotton bud dipped in Methylated spirits. or organic products containing fatty acids or plant oils/extracts which are available from garden product suppliers. These will need to be applied following the label instructions.

They do need removing as they are sap suckers and may damage the tree by weakening it.

Last edited: 13 April 2017 20:46:15

Children & Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Firethorn etc

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 17:49

The only thing wrong with a hedge full of plants with thorns and prickles is disposing of the bits when cutting the hedge. We have a 50 to 60 foot run of mixed Haw and Blackthorn  hedging and trimming is a nightmare of extreme pain. Another word of warning, Blackthorn prickles go septic very quickly when they puncture the skin.

Having said that, Hebes are about the worst possible choice for a decent hedge. The vast majority of them are not even hardy. Here they die out in even a reasonably mild winter.

New gardener needs advice!

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 15:45

Bad case of Mildew there. That is often a sign of extreme dryness at the roots. You could also thin out some of the branches to allow air to blow through. Give the shrub a really good soaking (gallons and gallons ) Then try a systemic fungicide.

What's eating my alliums?!!!

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 13:40

Snails. Not a lot one can do about them, unless you put down the beer traps, water with nematodes or go out at night with a torch and catch them at it.


Posted: 09/04/2017 at 09:00

Ours are way behind this year.

Just found a Vine Weevil grub

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 21:18

You cold always try the Amerindian test of the bare buttocks on the soil. If you can sit there then the soil is warm enough. Otherwise you need a soil thermometer!

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