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Latest posts by Berkley

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.

Outdoor Christmas lights

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 15:29

I would love to put some Christmas/fairy lights around an archway in our garden Electrical requirements already sorted. But I've never been able to find what I want! Can anyone help? I'd like them to be white/ silver and I don't want them to flash (gives me a headache! All ideas welcome.

Can you recommend a shrub for this border?

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 15:12

Aother distinct possibility! Thanks for the suggestion. I'm going to see what's available locally.

Can you recommend a shrub for this border?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 21:36

Many thanks for all the suggestions. I hate to admit it, but I don't like the colour yellow, which rules out a few! I'm particularly interested in the nandina idea. I've been doing some research and it seems as though "Richmond" is the one to look for. I haven't been able to locate one yet but there are lotsof good nurseries here in Dorset.


Many thanks again.

Can you recommend a shrub for this border?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 15:15

I have just removed a poorly-performing hydrangea from the spot you can see to the left of the pyracantha. As you can see, this south-facing border is backed by leylandii and I think a lack of moisture will have been part of the problem.....plants tend to grow outwards here, rather than up. I'd like to replace it with a shrub which has an upright habit, will show up against the leylandii and (preferably) be evergreen. I'm considering a purple-leaved berberis. What do other people think? (We live in Dorset, so the climate is (usually!) mild.


Planting wallflowers

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 21:28

It will soon be time to plant these lovely flowers again. They are so adaptable - last year I bought too many (not unusual), so planted the spares in a box, where they stayed until March. I was able to fill in many gaps in the garden and the flowers produced were equally as good as those planted in October,

Am I right in planting them deep? I'm sure I've read that advice somewhere. Any other helpful hints? Do people nip out the tops when planting? Feed them?

Autumn planting of Alliums (not!!)

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 14:21

Thanks for the advice. It's great to get practical, detailed answers to queries!

This forum is great

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 21:33

I thought I'd miss the BBC forum. Not a bit! I love this one. It is far better.

Autumn planting of Alliums (not!!)

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 20:37

I'm definitely going to try potting alliums this year. It sounds such a good idea. I hadn't realized you could do this and then place them where you want in the Spring. But what size pots do I need? How deep do I plant them? I know they are all different sizes, but I'm talking about allium schubertii and other large types.

Discussions started by Berkley

My Christmas present (gardening) list

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This really cheers me up!

Do you have a favourite photo too? 
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Identification please

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I warned my magnolia....

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Should my crab apple look like this?

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Miscanthus Ferner Osten

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August oddities

Do you have oddities in your garden too? 
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Bare spot problem

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Am I looking after weeds?

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Misbehaving stipa

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Best fuchsia cuttings

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Look what I did to my rhodos

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Last Post: 14/05/2014 at 23:11

Give alliums a second chance?

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What have Thompson and Morgan sent me?

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What have I done?

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