Latest posts by Berghill


Posted: 23/09/2015 at 17:40

Could even be Clematis tubulosa 'Wyevale', looks very much like ours does.

Does anyone know what these are?

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 10:48

I sow some now and overwinter in a cold greenhouse, or some I store in the Salad compartment of the 'fridge and sow in gentle heat in early Spring. Both methods seem to work. OR, you could just sow them round the plants and dig up the babies, something else I have often done. Watch out for molluscs on the germinated seedlings though.

Tree ID

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 21:05

Definitely Medlar.


Posted: 21/09/2015 at 08:57

Just a quick comment about Sweet Williams (Dianthus barbatus) they are biennials rather than annuals. They grow the first year and flower the second. If you cut them down after flowering they will continue to survive for a few more years.

There are annual Dianthus by the way,

Unknown Insect. also Plant ID

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 16:07

Stink bugs are Shield bugs!

Another plant ID...

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 15:06

They do not like strong cold winds either. We would love to be able to grow them, but they do not like our frost pocket and windy garden.

Unknown Insect. also Plant ID

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 14:59

The insect is one of the Shield Bugs possibly the Birch shield bug. There are lots of different kinds though.


cooking apples

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 21:02

Or get a friendly Sparrow hawk to patrol the garden!

I spent the morning picking about 40 kilos of Katy apples. They have very little bird damage. Having said that we must have put about the same weight on the compost as they fell off because of codlin moth worms in them.

At Croft Castle they had a wonderful model Sparrow hawk dangling over the garden, the gardeners there said that it was most effective. You only need the outline of the hawk, not an accurate representation.

How to prune alpines.

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 09:04

No, that looks perfect to me. Leave them alone. The only maintenance they need is removing any spent flower stalks which you seem to have done.

If you want more Semps then yes you may remove the offsets and pot them up, otherwise let them do their thing.

white crocosmia

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 15:33

Sorry, but Crocosmia come in shades of Red and Orange and Yellow, but not white.

See here.


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