Latest posts by Berghill

Has anybody sown Pulsatilla vulgaris seeds successfully?

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 09:12

Definitely needs to be fresh seed. Also much of the seed is not viable in the first place. You need to look carefully at the actual seed n the end of the 'feather' Viable seed is plump, non-viable flat.

Some people remove the 'feather' before sowing as they can rot and damage the seed, but I never have.

I just gently poke the seed into the compost so it is stood upright as it would be if self sown, then trickle grit between them. No heat required, just a safe place where the pots do not get disturbed by humans, weather or animals.

I also tend to prick them out as soon as they are big enough to handle. They do not like root disturbance so be very careful when doing this. If, like some of mine this year did, they do not germinate until autumn then leave them in the seed pot until they begin to regrow in Spring.

Most of the time these days I just dig up self sown seedlings from around the parent plant, makes it a lot easier, but then they like my rock garden and are almost seed weeds.

Jasmine Clotted Cream Yellow

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 13:51

It is semi-decidous in that it loses its leaves in most normal winters, but keeps them in mild part of the country. Lovely plant with delightful scent and cream coloured flowers of good size for a Jasmine.

Then And Now

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 17:48

Have not got any photos, but can tell of a strange coincidence. When I was teaching I found a book which contained photos of 'slum' dwellings in my old town. Imagine my surprise when one of the pictures was of my mother and her sister stood outside their parents Corner shop. I was a little horrified in that the area was far from a slum though.

Any hope for my completely broken Magnolia Stellata sapling?

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 17:44
LolaRuth says:

Berghill says:

Get the injury bound up with tape as you said, as soon as possible. It may well heal. We had a similar mishap with a Winter flowering Cherry. It survived and flowers well now.

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 Thank you Berghill, I will try this - do you perhaps have a brand name for tree tape? I've heard it referred to but am having thouble finding, or can it be any tape, like that stretchy black electrical tape?

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 When I did it I used Sellotape, but any plastic tape would do. Say a clear food bag cut into strips and bound tightly round the stem. Make sure if you do this that the pieces touch otherwise they will not rejoin. Basically what you are doing is a graft. I am assuming here that there is enough stem below the damage to fasten the broken part to.

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Any hope for my completely broken Magnolia Stellata sapling?

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 12:36

Get the injury bound up with tape as you said, as soon as possible. It may well heal. We had a similar mishap with a Winter flowering Cherry. It survived and flowers well now.

Treads for spades

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 17:04

Sadly the spade was beyond repair.Michael. As usual I snapped the blade itself.

Plants you don't like...are there any?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 20:26

Roses. I detest the things.

Anemone japonica, worse than Bindweed and Ground elder combined.

Treads for spades

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 16:48

If I remember correctly s.i.l. used two pieces of piping, one on either side of where the handle joined the blade.

Treads for spades

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 20:54

Son in law (a blacksmith) also sliced open some copper piping which he ?Welded soldered? brazed? whatever, to the top of one of our spades. That worked well until I did my usual and snapped the handle. All I did was lean on it, honest guv. Never had the nerve to ask him to do it again.

Garden tree wash

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 20:48

Never bothered looking at the website for Vitax. Been using the wash for the last 20 years and we are still here. Does work as well as anything. Certainly when I did not wash the apple trees with it (spray on a wind free day.....hah rare as hen's teeth in this garden) we had a terrible season of Codlin moth and Plum moth infestation.

This is Vitax website address

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