Latest posts by Berkley

Looking forward to Winter

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 22:21

I love my echinacea but lose quite a few every Winter. As we live in Dorset I think the wet rather than cold weather is the problem. I am thinking of using some sort of mulch and covering individual plants with flower pots. What sort of mulch would be appropriate? I know a heavy mulch isn't recommended - but could I use bark chippings?

vine weevil : do i need to treat all containers?

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 18:02

I have a large number of pots, but it was only the ones containing heucheras that were attacked by vine weevil last year (all seven of them). I replaced the plants and these are the ones I'm going to be dosing this month. I suspect the same culprit got my polyanthus too ...

Unexpected advice re fuchsias

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:18

I agree, Verdun ...... I think I was just concerned that the advice maybe meant there was something wrong with potash feeds for fuchsias....... Thanks everyone.

Unexpected advice re fuchsias

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 11:04

I always feed my fuchsias with a high-potash/tomato type fertiliser to encourage flowering. But I have read several articles recently where this is not recommended - and a general purpose feed suggested. Why is this? What do other people do?

What happened when I was away?

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 21:44

Many thanks for all your ideas. I can't see any sign of caterpillars but have trimmed back, sprayed, removed some soil and fed. I do hope they will survive ...... Just thinking ahead .... What do people think about preventative spraying? Would it be worth considering?

What happened when I was away?

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 20:14

I usually have a lovely display of  erysimum, but came back from holiday yesterday to find many of them looking like this - loss of colour on leaves and numerous holes  what has happened - and what should I do?


Magnolias Everywhere

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 10:07

Snails would love to nibble my magnolia. I usually make sure no branches are touching the soil, but must have missed one or two ... Removed 11 snails from quite high up yesterday. Quite a bit of foliage shredded ...

Reluctant foxgloves

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 21:16

Thank you so much, fidgetbones for such a helpful (and knowledgeable!) reply.

Reluctant foxgloves

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 22:16

Thanks for all the advice. I'll definitely leave them where they are. If I also leave the Camelot plants in, might they flower again next year too?

Reluctant foxgloves

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 13:52

I sowed seeds of two types of foxglove last year - Camelot and Summer King. The flowers on the Camelot plants are lovely but there isn't a single flower stalk on the Summer King - although they all have a strong rosette of leaves. Should I leave them fo a while, replace them with something else or leave them in and hope they will perform next year? I must admit to being very disappointed. 

Discussions started by Berkley

Bare stems on escallonia

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Last Post: 27/08/2016 at 22:16

Looking forward to Winter

( as in "planning") 
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Last Post: 21/08/2016 at 22:31

Unexpected advice re fuchsias

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Last Post: 30/07/2016 at 18:18

What happened when I was away?

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 21:48

Reluctant foxgloves

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Last Post: 24/06/2016 at 21:16

Dahlia cuttings

Will they flower this year? 
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Last Post: 02/05/2016 at 13:49

Choisya White Dazzler

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What has happened to my polyanthus?

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Bug on kalanchoe

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Can I chop it (just a bit)?

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Sedum Postmans Pride

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Advice for my rose Falsataff please...

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Where would you put them?

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Bulbs - is it my imagination?

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A silly question about sweet peas

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