Berkley


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Would you chop this cornus?

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 17:38


I'm sure this  cornus (Batôn Rouge) is going to look lovely in a bare, semi-shaded corner of my garden. I really don't want to remove it's beautiful stems, especially as there are a number of flower buds .... do you think I could leave the "cornus chop" I always apply until next Spring?

I'm so worried about my roses

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 20:33

I've learnt a lot from this thread. Thank you..... I realise that I tend to spray to prevent problems (which may never arise and could be easily dealt with if and when they do). 

I'm so worried about my roses

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 19:40

Thank you both! I feel much better now. 

I'm so worried about my roses

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 13:31


I have five climbing roses; two are in pots and three in the ground. They are in different parts of the garden. i was horrified when I looked at them today - obviously I have seen black spot before, but never this pink colouring .... they were fine last week. The only thing they have in common is that I applied my usual granular rose feed (well washed-in) and fungicide ..... the leaves seem very limp, so I have given them all a good soak. Please tell me they'll be OK ...


sorry photo is sideways ...

An open letter to Daniel

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 21:00

Well, that's a relief! (I was a happy bunny before and I'm a happy bunny now)

Stipa tenuissima pruning?

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 17:00

I'm a comber too ... then I reduce them by up to half in June if they start to topple ... always have a brilliant display. 

Has anyone used Woolmans?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 15:37

I've used them lots too - and have never been disappointed. The plants are always a great success and their customer service can't be faulted.

Salvia hot lips

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 15:34

I cut mine down to a few inches every Spring - and they always reward me with masses of flowers. They are so easy to take cuttings from, which I overwinter in my plant house  I love this plant!

Look at my mallow!

Posted: 02/02/2017 at 22:25

The red berries are on a nandina domestica.  I have three - and all are fabulous plants. When they become leggy I remove old stems at ground level. 

Look at my mallow!

Posted: 02/02/2017 at 13:43


Can't believe this "annual". Grown from a packet of seeds, I must have overlooked it when I removed the others in November .... after a frost it drops down to the ground and looks "mushy"; the next day it's standing tall and fresh again - and it's got buds! Definitely going to sow some more this year.

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