Latest posts by Berghill

unidentified plant

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 14:47

Definitely Salvia sclarea turkestanica. That is the bud waiting to extend and for the flowers to appear.

unidentified plant

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 13:43

Salvia of some description. Possibly S. turkestanica.

Crab Apple Jelly

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:52

The Crab Apple Profusion in the walled garden at Sugnall in Staffs are smothered in good size fruit and they seem to last well into Autumn.

Compost Heap

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:50

LesleyK. One of the pieces of advice given somewhere else is to insert a long bar into the heap and make a series of holes in the compost. This supposedly allows air into the grass cuttings to help them rot down. Never had any trouble with grass cuttings (and with 1'4 of an acre of grass we get plenty) so I have never needed to try this out.

Compost Heap

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:45

Grass turns to mush like that because it is lacking in oxygen. If you have an open heap, then turning it when adding the extra material as suggested will help it decompose.

Crab Apple Jelly

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 17:44

We usually do  a  mixture of proper wild Crabs and John Downie and a very dark red unnamed Crab apple. This gives a lovely colour and acidity to the jelly.

Crab Apple Jelly

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 14:07

We have M. John Downie which produces a good crop. Or. M Profusion looks to be a good cropper too.

Our Crab apples frequently are attacked by Apple scab (don't spray), but they still make a good jelly. All we do is remove the stalks, then boil up the fruit with a little water. Put the pulp through a cloth and use 1 pint of liquid to a pound of sugar. The scab makes no difference to the taste.

Composting shredded stuff

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 15:22

Well, we have over 60, 80 litre bags of shredded stuff to go on as soon as the soil is wet. All I do is sprinkle Bonemeal on the soil before  using the shreddings as mulch. Been doing that for years and there has been no trouble with nitrogen loss that I can see.

alpine invasion

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 15:20

We have a similar Oxalis with white flowers, but the leaves tend to be reddish rather than green. Weedkiller does work, eventually.

Clematis Alba Luxurians

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 21:14

The reason for cutting it back is because it flowers on new growth, so you remove the old to force it into making new. You don't actually have to, if left it would still flower, but at the top of the plant. C. Lloyd used to grow two of this type of Clematis together. One he pruned down and one he left. That way he got a tall Clematis with flowers all the way up the plant.

As to timing, it is done in February as that is a cold month, so the plant does not start to grow too early and have the new tender growth damaged. Not that it matters, we often do ours in November, just to keep the garden tidy. Later than February though is leaving it a bit short of time to grow. Though again, I have been know to forget and not prune ours back until the middle of March. It flowered the same as ever, just a bit later.

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