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Latest posts by Berkley

Sunflowers

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 16:09

I can't believe I'm asking this question! I feel quite ashamed! Everybody else seems to succeed...but I can't grow sunflowers! I don't want six feet high things - just lots of the shorter versions (e.g. Italian White) popping up in various parts of the garden. I sow them lovingly in individual pots. Sometimes they germinate, sometimes they don't - and those that do are never very good. Am I perhaps over-coddling them? How do other people get such lovely displays?

Not GWM getting advertised discount @ Crocus

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 12:47

I ordered plants yesterday - and got the 20% discount. You have to go through the link they give you in the magazine - and I think it's only for subscribers.

Only Three

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 21:17
Fuchsias, grasses (about ten of them - is that cheating?) and echinaceas,

Seedlings and 'true leaves'

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 15:22

It depends what you did use! I sow several hundred seeds every year and have never bothered with "seed compost". I always use multi-purpose compost and just make sure there aren't any lumps.

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 20:50
Please don't give up on these lovely shrubs. Yes, it is in their nature to drop leaves but if you keep them well-watered and well-fed they will be far less likely to succumb to black spots. I've got seven. I'm always nipping bits off and lovely new red leaves show within days sometimes.

Plants for narrow border

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 19:46
Thank you for all the ideas. It made me think about what I really wanted. For this first year I'll try just a few lavenders, some pelargoniums and dianthus. Then I can plant bulbs and wallflowers. I promise to wear long trousers and will post a photo later in the year. Thanks again.

Plants for narrow border

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 15:08
I have a narrow border in front of a well-protected, white,east-facing wall, which gets lots of sunshine. I have planted a climbing rose (Falstaff) which will hopefully provide lots of scent. I was thinking of planting the rest of the border with lavender hidcote - but this is a sheltered patio area, where we often eat. Would bees be a problem? I'd love to hear some other ideas. (We live in Dorset)

Where did my question go?!

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 11:33

Just the information I needed! Now I know I have to look in "New discussions" rather than "Latest posts". Many thanks. I love the forum and look at it several times a day (when I'm not gardening or planning gardening).....just wondered: Is there an idiots guide to using the foru? Then I wouldn't have to ask daft questions. Glad you've accepted my apology for poor choice of words before Christmas.

Where did my question go?!

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 21:50

Thank you so much for your prompt reply - and yes, I take the point about the Christmas lights. I felt awful for days. I really hadn't meant to give a bad impression.....

Back to my grasses: As I said, yes, I can see it when I look under my profile - but why doesn't it appear under the "Latest posts? I'm sure my posts have appeared there before.

Thanks again for your patience.

Where did my question go?!

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 21:12

This seems such a silly question: I've posted queries on the forum several times before but..

Yesterday I placed one about cutting back grasses. I was very surprised not to see it published - but even more surprised when I clicked on my icon at the top of the page and found that there were 11 replies! So some people must have seen it! I've looked and looked but still can't locate it. Am I going mad?

Discussions started by Berkley

Ornamental grasses

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To pinch out or not pinch out?

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Last Post: 12/04/2015 at 16:57

Will my pelargoniums be OK?

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Last Post: 23/01/2015 at 21:39

OK to prune this thuya occidentalis?

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Last Post: 14/01/2015 at 11:32

What could I choose?

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Last Post: 06/12/2014 at 20:28

My Christmas present (gardening) list

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Last Post: 24/10/2014 at 08:51

This really cheers me up!

Do you have a favourite photo too? 
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Last Post: 25/08/2014 at 20:40

Identification please

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Last Post: 25/08/2014 at 16:43

I warned my magnolia....

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Last Post: 13/09/2014 at 10:33

Should my crab apple look like this?

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Last Post: 22/08/2014 at 05:41

Miscanthus Ferner Osten

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Last Post: 01/09/2014 at 16:44

August oddities

Do you have oddities in your garden too? 
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Last Post: 11/08/2014 at 20:02

Bare spot problem

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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 17:42

Am I looking after weeds?

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Last Post: 09/07/2014 at 15:24

Misbehaving stipa

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Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 21:11
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