Berghill


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ornamental grasses garden

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 20:43

I knows my onions. After all I collect the things. And this is definitely a grass and it has bulbous bases and it smells of onions and its common name is Onion couch!

ornamental grasses garden

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 18:06

Well it came as Arrhenatum variegatum and for a while that is what it was, then it went green and spread everywhere and I mean everywhere and it is a devil to remove and the bulbs stink f onions too. And the last thing one can say about anywhere in our garden is 'hot'.

ornamental grasses garden

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 16:09

And be very careful about planting Arrhenatherum bulbosum, even the variegated one. It tends to revert and spreads everywhere and is as difficult to control as couch.

ornamental grasses garden

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 16:06

There used to be one which killed all grasses but left hardwood plants alone. It was designed for use around fruit trees and bushes. Weedout it was called.

 

Cyclamen coum

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 15:59

The pods changes to a darker brown when the seeds are ripe. Easy enough to tell, gently squeeze a pod, if it splits then the seeds is ready. You need to be vigilant or the ants will take them away pretty quickly.

Fresh seed germinates better than stored. I tend these days just to spread the seed on a convenient patch of gravel and dig up the corms when they are a decent size.

However you may sow them in normal potting compost, cover with grit and place somewhere at about 16c. Germination ought to take place fairly rapidly. Do not prick out the babies until the corms are about half an inch across.

There is no guarantee that you will get white ones though.

What/Where have all my snowdrops gone?

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 10:56

About the only pest of Galanthus is Narcissus fly. There are some very nasty fungus and bacterial infections which could wipe out a population, but that is usually very localised ie one garden, but not next door.

ornamental grasses garden

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 17:41

And you really have to make 100 percent certain that there is not a single scrap of Couch grass anywhere on site. Believe me, if you don't then it will grow just as well, if not better than the ornamentals and it cannot be removed afterwards.

How can a certain plant website get away with charging so much !

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 10:32

A few years back we went to a local supermarket and watched a lorry unloading plants. We checked the prices and bought a couple of nice things. (Actually one was a Parahebe which when we got home was found to be full of vine weevil grubs, but that is another story).

We then went to a Garden Centre further along the road and found the same lorry delivering there. We looked at the prices and found that the G/C were selling the same plants for about £5 more than the supermarket.

Plant prices do not always reflect the cost of producing them, rather the price is based on what people will pay for it.

Has anyone done any gardening?

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 10:32

Well no gardening for me for a while, In fact no anything which involves standing up. Went in last Tuesday to have an ingrowing toe nail dealt with. Sadly the nail was too badly damaged and he had to remove the nail. Apparently we do not need toe nails, finger nail, yes, toenails no. So sit with the foot up is the order. Go back today for a change of dressing. Hope I can drive or no easy way to get there. Will drive even if it hurts, but won't tell them.
Suppose to be painful, but it is no worse than it was with the nail growing in.

Getting very frustrated as there is a lot to do out there.

Hellebore transplants

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 20:45

And drop the dug up seedlings into a pot of water as you collect them. They absolutely hate their roots drying out, even for the length of time it takes to dig them all out and pot them up.

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