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Latest posts by Berkley

Can I tame a monster rhododendron?

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:26

Thank you for your reply, Gold1locks. It has given me confidence to be really drastic. (There isn't any other way, really! I will post before and after photos. It's going to be a big job, but I can't wait for the space it will leave me for new plants. I'm going to try and leave some growth which will hopefully grow to create a manageable barrier.

Can I tame a monster rhododendron?

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 22:08
Two very large Rhodos (approx 10feet tall, eight feet wide and four feet deep) are a very important privacy provider. They are in front of a west-facing fence but are leaning out more every year and spoiling everything I plant in front of them. Ideally, I would like to reduce their height by a third and their depth by about the same. They flower sparsely but grow like weeds here in Dorset! Advice would be much appreciated.

Japanese anemone problem

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 12:40

I know the recent weather will have caused all sortes of problems but am particularly concerned about my lovely Japanese anemones. There are obviously signs of fresh green shoots - but what is the reason for the silvery, brown appearance of many of the stems and leaves. Do I need to treat them - or just remove them?

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Pieris problem

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 21:08
If your plant is in a position where frost can get at it AND early morning sun the next day it will show symptoms like the one you describe. Can you throw a piece of fleece over it and then, when it gets a bit milder, give it an ericaceous feed.

Foxglove illumination pink

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 12:54
I ordered mine from Thomson and Morgan last August. They should have arrived in Sept (they took the money of course) and am hoping they will arrive in April. Like you, I think they're going to be very good.

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.

Discussions started by Berkley

Bulbs - is it my imagination?

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A silly question about sweet peas

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Why does my clematis do this?

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Ornamental grasses

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To pinch out or not pinch out?

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Will my pelargoniums be OK?

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OK to prune this thuya occidentalis?

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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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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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