Latest posts by Berghill

Broad Beans

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 17:33

We have never had any success with overwintering Broad Beans. We are just too cold even for things as hardy as they are supposed to be. Spring sowing in the greenhouse works for us.

Does my tree need to come down?

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 14:18

There is a related problem in that removing the tree could cause more damage than leaving it where it is. There have been quite a few cases where tree removal has caused the soil to  subside and damage foundations. You really do need the opinion of a proper accredited tree surgeon before making any decision.

HELP - Lilly Bettles

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 12:29

I always remove the stamen from our lilies so that the pollen does not get on to  our animals and our clothes.

And don't forget that the systemic insecticides can damage bees when they collect the pollen from affected plants. So you may be spraying when the bees and hoverflies are not about, but still could be poisoning them.

Last edited: 06 July 2017 12:31:40

HELP - Lilly Bettles

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 16:44

Watch out for friendly cats. Ours always seem to come and rub round the plant just as I spot a beetle.

HELP - Lilly Bettles

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 14:32

Next to my patch of lilies I have a flat stone and a pebble. I place the beetles on the flat stone and use the pebble as a hammer. Very satisfying it is too.

Not keen on spraying with insecticides as they do tend to damage other wild life. I have used Horticultural soft soap on the larva with some success. Otherwise wash the larva off with a damp cloth or tissue.

Last edited: 05 July 2017 14:32:51


Posted: 30/06/2017 at 20:30

It seems to be off for some people, but not for others. Very odd. Perhaps it is something to do with the number of links that some people post. I do not do that many so my usage of the site for posting on other places is quite small, even though I have a lot of images stored in Photobucket.

Weed identification please

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 15:30

Are the stems slightly hairy? If so then it has the look of a Poppy (Papaver dubium). Thought I knew my weeds, but not sure on this one.


Posted: 30/06/2017 at 15:19

I have just linked a photo from Photobucket to another site with no trouble.

Last edited: 30 June 2017 15:20:40

Cut through power cable on hedge trimmer

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 17:39

Trouble now is that Bosch (maybe the only ones who do this) have included one screw on the machine which cannot be undone without a special tool;. So getting inside to replace the wires is very difficult.

Can you help?

Posted: 27/06/2017 at 17:45

Those leaves look remarkably like those of Hydrangea quercifolia to me.

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