Latest posts by Berghill

Problems with Catshead apple?

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 12:44

Our 40 foot tall Catshead has about half a dozen apples on it this year. Normally we get hundredweights from it. It is a later flowering one so perhaps there are no other pollinating apples around at the right time?

Why are my apples looking like this?

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 21:10

Scab. Not a lot you can do these days, there are no fungicides for amateur use any more.

Still edible if peeled and they will not store.

Can you identify this larva?

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 17:42

Mining bee larva. They make a hole, line it with a leaf and lay their egg. It develops over winter and emerges in spring.

Two shrubs for id

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 20:34

Yes, now that you have named then my memory returns. Thanks muchly. This time I will label them and hope the labels stay attached.

Two shrubs for id

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 16:59

Can anyone put a name to these shrubs for me?


Is it a weed?!

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 13:59

Now I would say that it was Sow thistle, Sonchus arvensis. But as said wait until it flowers before deciding.

Whats wrong

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 09:02

Mildew, usually associated with dryness at the roots. Try the milk and water spray recommended for fungal infections of plants.

Hostas from seed

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 09:00

Only ever grown them from my own fresh seed. Kept over winter in a cold greenhouse they germinated well in Spring.

Root washing

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 20:46

Always do this with the alpines I have bought since it is often very difficult to get them to grow out of the rich compost in which they are grown for sale. Amazing number of times when a plant has failed and been taken out, and the roots are still in the original stuff.

Word of warning though. There are some plants (Daphnes for one) which absolutely hate having their roots disturbed like that and would definitely die on you.

Not so sure it is needed with every plant though. More often than not, just disturbing the roots is enough.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 11:02

Took these before the forecast rain and wind. The garden plus two followers.


Last edited: 06 June 2017 11:02:34

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