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Latest posts by Berkley

Evergreen grasses

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 16:36

I realised my mistake as soon as I'd pressed the button! The grasses are deciduous! Thanks for the comment, figrat.

Evergreen grasses

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 15:20

I have a large number of miscanthus, molinias and pennisetums. I love them all - but they're looking very tatty - and I'm dying to cut them down! Some experts say "do it in February before the new growth starts, so you don't damage anything". Others say "Leave it until March. It doesn't matter if you cut some of the new growth off". We live in Dorset: would it be totally stupid to do it now?

Bronze ornaments

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 14:50

Yes, will do! Might take me a while to find what I want though. Half the pleasure is in the planning for me....

Geranium maderense

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 10:22

Honestly though I'd written a thank you for all your thoughts! Sorry! They were appreciated. Have just brought the plant in to a slightly warmer, brighter spot. Will post a photo later in the year (if successful!)

Bronze ornaments

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 10:17

My birthday today! Am going to look at all your ideas tomorrow and will get back to you all. Thanks for the ideas. Think I've got a few hundred quid coming (for a special birthday).

Bronze ornaments

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 21:53

I have a large, circular  gravel area in my garden. A few deciduous grasses, a black bamboo in a large barrel, a yucca and a cordyline all add interest - but I'd love a really large (possibly bronze?) structure/animal. I have a birthday coming up and would love some ideas to put on my wish list!


Geranium maderense

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 15:40


I was given this plant last Summer and was not too surprised that it didn't flower. But I'd like it to do better this year! I've moved it, in its pot, into the garage (it has a large window) and the photoshows that it still has some leaves.

Should I water it at all?

Should I remove what I assume are the remains of old leaves at the base of the plant?

All advice appreciated.



Talkback: Making leaf mould

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 13:01

I too was disappointed last year that my leaf mould still looked like leaves after a year - but I put them on the soil anyway and I soon had "perfect" leaf mould! Our leaves are mainly from silver birch trees. Are these more problematical than others I wonder?

My lovely new sleeved orchid...

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 11:14

I have never grown this lovely plant before, but have just been given one. I have done quite a bit of research - but can't find the answer to one question. It is in a transparent pot with some roots hanging out over the edge. I know the roots like air, but the whole thing is  very top-heavy and I'm sure it will topple over. Will it be OK for me to stand it inside a larger, decorative pot? I could fill an inch or so of the space between the two pots with gravel.....but what about the roots hanging over the top? Can I squeeze them (ever so gently!) into the larger pot?

Outdoor Christmas lights

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 16:11

Your comments were appreciated chrissieb, Alina W and Dovefromabove. I am not stupid, sotongeoff and am well aware that lights are available "everywhere". I'm going to start early this year and hopefully find just what I want. I simply wanted to know whether anyone had already found them.

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