Latest posts by Berkley

Pruning lavender

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 20:24

Whatever you decide to do, if there is about four inches of healthy growth on stems, take cuttings! Strip off most of the leaves and place them around the outside of a pot containing an equal mix of compost and vermiculite. I do this every September. Not all cuttings take but I always have some plantlets to put out the following year.

Bergenia and ground elder

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 21:08

I have appreciated all the opinions expressed: there doesn't seem to be a "right" or "wrong" time to tackle the problem .... I understand that many people don't rate bergenias - but mine are a collection of individually bought, named varieties and give me a great  deal of pleasure. Thank you for your thoughts.

Bergenia and ground elder

Posted: 22/09/2017 at 20:27

My large clump of lovely bergenias is riddled with ground elder. I know I'll have to lift the whole clump and try to remove every bit of white root ... but when should I do it? I love the winter foliage colours and the Spring flowers .... I would appreciate any advice or personal experience. Now or next Spring?

Red Robin from shrub to tree?

Posted: 04/09/2017 at 06:59

When we moved in to our garden nine years ago there was a very large photinia bush, taking up a lot of room. Its branches were already thick, but I removed many of the lower ones until I had a tree. It looks lovely now. (I'll try to find a "before" and "after" photo when I get back from holiday.)Go for it - and feed it well afterwards. 

Evergreen clematis dying

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:51

I have the same clematis - and was relieved to read the other day that the evergreen ones go through a sort of dormancy in the Summer and often look quite poorly. I make sure mine are kept well-watered (and fed in the period before blooming). They have survived several Summers of looking decidedly unwell - so don't panic!

Salvia coccinea

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:44

Does anyone know where I could buy the plants pictured on page 7 of the August "gardeners World" magazine? They are described as 80 cm tall - so presumably not the salvia (Royal Bumble) featured on page 9.


Posted: 20/07/2017 at 11:20

I planted these osteospermum Akila White in a pot in a sunny position. It produced two lovely flowers the first few weeks - but nothing since. The stems have a reddish colour and look as though they have been partly "stripped". There are now one or two remaining buds - but they appear to be very hard and show no signs of opening. Is there anything I can do?

Not so sweet Williams ....

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 19:52

Thank you for all your support and useful advice. I'll leave the ones I've got in for another year ..... there's got to be room for the "newcomers" somewhere, hasn't there ....

Not so sweet Williams ....

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 14:25

I sowed seed last July, overwintered 30+ little plants and planted them out this Spring. I now have 30 healthy, bright green plants - and just two flowers. I sowed in May this year, in  case I had left it too late last year. Goodness knows where I'll put them if your advice is to leave the non-flowering ones in for another year!  What do people think?

Is this an Erigeron?

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 17:19

Many thanks Silver surfer for your very helpful reply.

Discussions started by Berkley

Can you help my photinia?

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Confused about clematis pruning groups

Clematis Abilene 
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Care label missing! Help please!

Camellia gift 
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Fuchsias and elephant hawk moths

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Bergenia and ground elder

Sort it now or next Spring? 
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Salvia coccinea

GW: We love August 
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What has happened? 
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Not so sweet Williams ....

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Is this an Erigeron?

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Purple leaves on yucca

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Are these allium worth keeping?

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Would you chop this cornus?

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I'm so worried about my roses

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Look at my mallow!

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Sealant for my acer?

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