Berghill


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How very frustrating.......

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 20:37

For the first time in 4 years of trying I have managed to get some cuttings of a very special Honeysuckle to root. So I went on the Interwebthing to get the correct spelling of the name which is very hard to say.never mind fit on a label. Lonicera alseuosmoides.

So up it comes and say that this name is not valid, it is a synonym of Lonicera acuminata .

Not a problem, certainly easier to spell and pronounce. Next I looked for some information on this plant. Great, lots of images, not one of which matches the plant I have. L. acuminata has fragrant yellow flowers, mine has unscented (to human noses at least) and sort of nondescript pink and off white flowers.

Now I wonder what Lonicera I have. It would not matter except that when in flower this plant is absolutely smother in bees of every kind. I counted over 1000 of them in a 6 feet by 6 feet area, one sunny afternoon in Summer. A bee keeper friend of ours wants a plant for her garden.

Even worse is that I have no picture of the flowers to compare to the images on the Web or to show on here. Very frustrating.

 

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 10:35

The interesting claim is that the fungus is persistent, so once a plant has it on its roots, it will continue to attack the vine weevil grubs even when re-potted in fresh soil. If it becomes a regular addition to Nursery stock, then it could be good news for everyone.

I do know of one grower who is using it.

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 17:06

Out of interest I once put an adult weevil in a jar of pure bleach. It was still alive 24 hours later. Another one which would probably survive the Nuclear Holocaust, like the cockroaches.

Certainly agree about the peat based MPC used by Nurseries. They love that stuff. Non-peat with added grit is better, but still not  perfect.

I was reading about a Fungal based soil additive which is supposed to be a very good  control in an organic way. Very expensive and sadly only available in large quantities and once opened has a short shelf life.

 

Ilex crenata

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 17:48

Quite slow growing shrubs, so a few years. We have a couple of varieties of I crenata, but not sure of the names now. They have been in for at least 15 years and are about 12 feet tall (never been pruned)

And no they would not pollinate any Holly other than another I crenata.

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 08:52

Dilution was as recommended on the bottle, using that stupid delivery system they have put in place,just to make life harder for us. Last time I cut the top off the bottle and used the old measuring cup which came with the stuff.

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 20:35

And you think Provado works? I stood my Auriculas in  soaking trays of the stuff, overnight, up to their necks a few weeks back. Today I have been going through them, actually not looking for grubs, rather removing dead and dying leaves to prevent botrytis and guess what I found , live and eating in some of the pots?

Hazels

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 16:29

Generally speaking Hazel do not root from cuttings, very easily. they are usually grafted if culinary types or grown from Nuts if the hedging forms.

Easy enough from nut kernels. Break open a nut, extract the kernel and sow in ordinary potting compost and leave for the winter. Protect from vermin.

The ones which grow from squirrel plantings germinate slowly as the hard shell has to rot away first.

Pruning Bird Cherry hedge plants

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 15:35

Funny you should ask. I was (until the wind got up and it started raining) pollarding the hedge at the bottom of our garden. It is a mixture of Field Maple and Bird Cherry. They are now about 15 feet high, so I am taking them back to just below the height of the wire fence. Probably the wrong time of year, but this is the only time I can actually get at them from either inside or outside.

Tidying Ornamental Grass

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 17:28

Well, be that as it may, we cut back all ours starting now, even the supposedly evergreen ones. Mainly because it takes until Spring to get through them all.

Allotment websites

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 17:25

Try http://www.allotments4all.co.uk

That is run by an Allotment holder and full of people who have them. Been going a fair number of years too.

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