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Latest posts by Berghill

Crocuses chewed off by squirrels/pigeons.

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 13:56

They dig up and eat the crocus corms too! Mice also like Crocus. The sparrow hawk is a good pigeon scarer. Sadly he does not come over often enough.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 17:48

Terribly infectious problem is Helleborus fever! You end up having hundreds if you are not careful!


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:48

You can feed them once the flowers have finished. Give them a low nitrogen feed of something like Tomato fertiliser.

Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:04

The story of how I got into gardening is too long to post on here. We lived in a terrace house. The only greenery was the privet hedge along the tiny front of the house and the grass growing  on the bomb site opposite. So, after being dreadfully carsick, I made a garden in the back yard.

I will try and find a link to the story if folks are interested.

So many varieties but what to choose?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 09:59

The Courgette to look out for is a yellow one which is resistant to mildew. Think it is a T&M one.

Was going to dig our pond out today

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 09:56

This was our pond in May last year.


Was going to dig our pond out today

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 17:44

And do be careful about what plants you put in or around the pond. We had to completely rebuild our wild life pond as the roots of the grasses (sold as 'marginals' )had so utterly penetrated the pond line that all the water soaked away. The grass was Phragmites australis and I had to use an axe to cut the roots to dig it out.

Was going to dig our pond out today

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:39

The deeper the better. A good depth of water keeps the temperature reasonably constant whereas a shallow pond can get very hot very quickly which is not good for invertebrates. Also there is a problem with evaporation in a shallow pond. As long as there are shallower areas for animals and birds to use, then go for 60 cms. Our wild life pond is a metre deep by the way, as is the Lily pond. Both are full of newts.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 13:27

First Alpine show of the year yesterday in Caerleon.

snowdrops and crocuses

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 15:39

Mice eat ours! Not the snowdrops though, they are actually poisonous to rodents.

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Ptilostemon afer

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Bearded Iris

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Nectaroscordum siculum

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Chlorotic leaves

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Camassia changing colour

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Health and Safety

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Posting removal

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Garden Pictures 2015

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Early Spring

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First Hellebore!

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Olearia x haastii

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Growers or Killers?

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Snowdrops have started

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Shredder Bosch AXT2000HP

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