Berghill


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How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 17:52

I was travel sick at about the age of 10. Long story and sadly the full version is no longer available on the Blog site.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 13:47

Still quite a bit of colour for November.

http://s703.photobucket.com/user/Owdboggy/slideshow/November%202014

Olearia x haastii

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 20:38

We have had those temps inside the greenhouse the last few winters.

Not sure why some of these plants do not survive here. Hydrangea macrophyllas never flower and Dahlias get frosted off before they flower most years. We tend not to buy things which say 'needs a warm sheltered position.  Sadly we do not have any South facing walls either.

Olearia x haastii

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 17:54

Not bad for £1-00. Good sized plant too, about as big as the one described by Salino.

Slight error on my part as the one I wanted to know about pruning, is Olearia phlogopappa 'Comber's Blue'  It is very leggy now and I wondered about cutting it back to encourage shoots from the base.

Neither of these will survive here outside, we are just too too cold, so I have grown the latter as a pot plant and it goes into the poly-tunnel for winter.

 

Olearia x haastii

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 14:16

Anyone grow this? And any info on pruning would be very useful.

TIA

Magnolia berries

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 20:37

I have managed to get the seeds to germinate, but sadly utterly failed to get the seedlings to grow on thereafter. Not sure why. Probably bad watering regime.

Magnolia berries

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 17:44

Yes and yes. sorry for the incomplete answer.

Magnolia berries

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 14:38

The berries are the seeds.

They need soaking first to remove the waxy coating on them. Then they need to be sown in ordinary seed compost, straight away. Put the seed pot outside and leave it for the weather to do its worst and if they are going to germinate, it will be in Spring. they can take more than one winter so be patient. And watch out for rodents, they will dig up and eat the seeds.

I have seen advice on here of putting the sown seeds in a bag of compost in the Salad compartment of the fridge for three months. Never tried it myself so cannot comment on the efficacy.

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 14:34

My soil is a very fertile (ex pig farm) silt with areas of high lime content because of the lime mortar from old houses and other parts with very acid soil. The Anemone grows equally viciously in all types.

I would feel guilty if I did not warn people of a plants propensities and then had them come back on here and complain about an invasion.

 

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 12:07

How is pouring weed killer on it, letting it spread? Would not mind but we never planted it in the first place.

And in one area I removed all the soil to a depth of three quarters of a metre and replaced the soil with pure sand and gravel to make an alpine growing area. The  anemone has made a reappearance in there recently after  3 years absence.

 

Discussions started by Berghill

Alpines for All

 
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Slup pellets

 
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Iris sibirica

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Fascinating discovery

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How very frustrating.......

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More work!

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Silly question of the day!

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Bearded Iris

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Bloooo...badger

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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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