London (change)
Today 20°C / 17°C
Tomorrow 21°C / 14°C


Latest posts by Berkley

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.

Leafless fuchsia

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 16:51

Thank you Flowerchild. I found the website very interesting.....The groundcover you can see is an erica carnea .I don't think this poses a problem, do you? I think I'll cut the fuchsia right back, burn all the leaves on the ground  and hope for better next year! Thanks again for your interest and help.

Leafless fuchsia

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 17:02

This is the photo of the troubled fuchsia. What you see is the underside of the leaf. The RHS definition of rust is "orange pustules", Alina - but this seems more like bright yellow dust. I can see a little brown insect on the leaf too - but he might just be passing by!.....



Leafless fuchsia

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 21:16

I've taken a close-up photo and will post it as soon as I can get it to work!

Leafless fuchsia

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 14:35

I love fuchsias and am always trying new varieties. I have about eighteen different ones at the moment and they have produced (and are still producing) an excellent display. Except one! Practically all the stems are reduced to two leaves at the end, where there are a few flowers. On examining one remaining leaf I see the reverse side is covered in a bright yellow sort of dust. Is this rust? Possibly on the plant when I bought it? I thought fuchsia rust would have orange spots not yellow dust.....

Helping plants through Winter

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 14:27

Thank you everyone who offered advice. It has been most helpful. I'm goint to wrap pots in fleece as suggested and leave in a sheltered spot outside. (except the geranium maderense. It is still only a small plant and didn't flower this year, so I might give it extra protection in the garage). As we live in Dorset, our Winter should be mikder than lots of other places......

Helping plants through Winter

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 13:51

I have a large number of plants in containers in the garden and intend to bring them in to the garage for the Winter. But I can't find any advice on whether (and if so, how often) I should water them. Can anyone tell me how I should look after the following:








geranium maderense


Help much appreciated!

Mini cyclamen

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 13:15

Many thanks for the info. Now I can find out all about them.

Mini cyclamen

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 17:06

I love these little plants which are in garden Centres now and had a wonderful display from them last year. They were planted under a rhododendron and were in flower until Christmas! But are they cyclamen coum or cyclamen hederifolium? (does it matter, anyway? I'm just curious.....)

Basil with a problem

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 20:11

I am growing basil in terracotta pots in a sunlounge. The seeds were sown in well-drained compost + vermiculite and the plants look (mainly) green and healthy. I have grown them successfully on many occasions. But this year, a number of the leaves have what I can only describe as transparent patches - it looks as though somebody has scraped away the green colouring on both sides of the leaves. Some leaves are brownish on the edges too. Can somebody tell me what this is - and what I should do?

Discussions started by Berkley

This really cheers me up!

Do you have a favourite photo too? 
Replies: 6    Views: 202
Last Post: 25/08/2014 at 20:40

Identification please

Replies: 2    Views: 122
Last Post: 25/08/2014 at 16:43

I warned my magnolia....

Replies: 5    Views: 162
Last Post: 24/08/2014 at 22:17

Should my crab apple look like this?

Replies: 3    Views: 172
Last Post: 22/08/2014 at 05:41

Miscanthus Ferner Osten

Replies: 8    Views: 163
Last Post: 22/08/2014 at 22:49

August oddities

Do you have oddities in your garden too? 
Replies: 12    Views: 289
Last Post: 11/08/2014 at 20:02

Bare spot problem

Replies: 3    Views: 175
Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 17:42

Am I looking after weeds?

Replies: 4    Views: 242
Last Post: 09/07/2014 at 15:24

Misbehaving stipa

Replies: 2    Views: 95
Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 21:11

Best fuchsia cuttings

Replies: 1    Views: 123
Last Post: 21/05/2014 at 08:47

Look what I did to my rhodos

Replies: 6    Views: 431
Last Post: 14/05/2014 at 23:11

Give alliums a second chance?

Replies: 2    Views: 202
Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 21:49

What have Thompson and Morgan sent me?

Replies: 22    Views: 1012
Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 18:27

What have I done?

Replies: 20    Views: 778
Last Post: 06/05/2014 at 14:49

Replacing conifers with hedge

Replies: 5    Views: 255
Last Post: 10/04/2014 at 14:43
1 to 15 of 53 threads