Latest posts by Berghill

Greenfly - In January!!!

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 15:31

Very large aphids which are slightly on the grey side and found on Lupins could be American Lupin aphids. We had to give up growing these plants because we never could get rid of the pests and the plants did not thrive. We don't spray either, but I think in this case I would use an eco-friendly insecticide, say something like a plant based horticultural soft soap.

New Year's Day 2016 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 12:44

Only those things I put up pictures of for Christmas, nothing much else beside Iris Lady Stanley.

New Year's Day 2016 Flower Count

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 15:18

How many flowers on a plant constitutes ;in flower;?

Plant ID

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 15:16

Platycodon perhaps. There are white forms.

Phlox - subulata as ground cover ?

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 21:41

The Phlox subulata in our garden covers a mile a minute as our soil is well drained, but rich. Oakington Blue eyes is very robust, as is one of the red ones. Admittedly some of the others are slower growing hummocks.

They have survived all the weather can throw at them here and while in Winter they tend to look a bit bedraggled, they soon green up in Spring.

Aronia Berries no good

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 21:37

I grow the A.melanocarpa one and that is in dry ground. Our soil is well drained, neutral, silt and the berries are very good. Not edible straight from the bush as the seeds contain high levels of cyanins which give them their common name of Chokeberry. The juice is nice though, if slightly tannic.

Not sure why your is wrong, it could be the shrub itself is not healthy rather than the situation.

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 10:33

Cannot remember what I was on the OBB, but posted on there for many a long year.

We did have some fun, remember trying to get 1,000 posts on a thread in one evening?  We did it and got up to nearly 1800, if my memory serves me right.


Thorny prickly fast growing bush

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 20:59

Well our front hedge is Hawthorn and Blackthorn and it is an absolute b!"£!"£r to cut. We are in the process of reducing the height and width. It is now a week since I did another 4 feet of it (all I can fit in the car to go to the tip) and my hands are still full of festering splinters from them.

Might keep out burglars, but remember they have to be cut!

Will add that if I could afford it I would take it out and replace with fencing, but at over  £600 just for the panels, it is a bit beyond our purse.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 15:16

Our Early Sensation ones are flowering too, first time ever, usually show in February.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 13:30

And some more.

 Viburnum tinus French White

 Double Hellebore

 Viburnum forgotten the name

 Winter flowering Cherry

 Daphne bholua Jacqueline Postill

 Daphne tangutica

 Galanthus nivalis just showing colour.


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Monty Don and Potting compost

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The Bee Border

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The mole hole to end all moleholes

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Slup pellets

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Fascinating discovery

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How very frustrating.......

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More work!

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Silly question of the day!

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