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Latest posts by Berghill

Onion weed

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 09:04

There is also a grass called unsurprisingly Onion grass which looks like grass, but has onion scented bulbous roots. A real thug it is too. The variegated one is often sold, but it reverts to ordinary green and seeds everywhere.Arrhenatherum elitius is one of the names.

First Hellebore!

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 09:01

It is only the orientalis hybrids which have the leaves removed. Most of the others should only have dead leaves cut off.

The advice with seedlings (from Ashwoods) is to prick them out as soon as the seed leaves are fully opened. They very quickly develop large root systems after that and root damage is something they really dislike.

First Hellebore!

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 16:27

Unnamed double from a T&M collection of a few years back. Got about 35 noses on the plant now.

First Hellebore!

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 16:08

This one has opened in the last few days. Not even got round to removing the leaves yet, either.


Flower identification

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 17:33

Well, we are pretty cold here and they grow like weeds for us. Trouble is they self seed all over the place, but the seedlings are always the original red. The seedlings are more robust than the forms so the forms get swamped and disappear.

Flower identification

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 13:49

Just to be pedantically accurate this is now Hesperantha coccinea.

Plum Codling Moth battle

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 17:51

And to be honest I don't spray with anything except the Winter wash, We just put up with the damage. Most of our apples go for purée or juice so the damaged bits are cut out before use. The plums again are not sprayed. We do get some damage, but there are so many good ones that the rest don't matter much. Different I suppose if you have only a small tree , but ours are huge. We have more of a problem with Brown rot,since it is not easy to reach all the fruit before it goes bad.

Plum Codling Moth battle

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 09:11

Same advice really, pheromone traps and spray when you see the moths caught in them.

I also use a Winter spray based on horticultural soap over the trees about now (when it is not frosty of windy or raining that is!).


Plum Codling Moth battle

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 16:47

The traps are really only meant as an indicator of when there are moths about. You then spray the trees with a suitable insecticide when you see more than just a few moths trapped.

Compost Advice

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 13:25

And even if it is slime you can still use it, just dig the stuff into the soil and it will soon turn into decent stuff with the help of the soil creatures.

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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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Snowdrops have started

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