Latest posts by Berghill

Recognise this shrub?

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 15:10

Lovely plant. Mine got to all of 2 inches high. Slug festival food!

Recognise this shrub?

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 13:56


Evil weevils

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 12:04

Just ordered some , but not from Amazon itself via the Amazon site. Not mad keen on using insecticides, but the Auriculas are a bit expensive to replace and VERY prone to infection even when using a non-peat based compost.

Gave up on Heuchera a few years back. Just about given up on my beloved Geums too.

The sooner this fungus which kills the grubs becomes readily available the better. On sale now to professionals, but only in large amounts and with a short shelf life after opening.

Evil weevils

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 11:12

This is what I found.

Evil weevils

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 11:01

How very odd, when I looked for it I found that it was not available. There was talk of banning it as the active ingredient, even in the new stuff, is deadly to bees. Even the pollen of treated plants is bad for them.

Thanks. My Auriculas will be grateful to you!

Monday's Supermoon

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 10:55

Cloudy here too, but did get some shots.

That was a couple of days ago.

As it appeared over the hedge.


Still obscured by thin cloud.

Evil weevils

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 08:46

If you go to Amazon it says that Provado is currently unavailable. None of our local gardening outlets have it on their shelves either. You may be able to buy it from non-EU outlets and import it.

Evil weevils

Posted: 14/11/2016 at 21:09

Sedums, Geums, All Primula.

And Provado is no longer available.

Apple and Pear tree dicease

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 20:55

I would be a little wary of using that insecticide. The active ingredient is reported to be toxic to bees and even in small doses can cause them problems.

This year has been very bad for Scab (and Pear rust). Our trees which like yours are in an open situation have suffered quite badly. We got no usable fruit from Rev. Wilkes and only a few clean ones from Greensleeves. Not an easy problem to control as there are not sprays fro the amateur. We used to use Copper sulphate, but that is no longer available (except perhaps from Wine making outlets).

Apple and Pear tree dicease

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 13:47

The Winter wash I use is a natural insecticide made from plants. It kills off overwintering aphids and their eggs without damaging anything else. Only trouble with it for us, is that it needs to be sprayed in winter and then again in March, on a windless day. We never have windless days here!

One further point, you may have not noticed, but I'll bet that there was a stream of ants going up the trees to those curled leaves. Might be worth putting a grease band around the trunk to stop them. They farm the aphids for their honeydew. Sooty mould grows on the honeydew they miss.

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