Berkley


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Crocosmia Lucifer

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 21:38
I live in Dorset and have several of these wonderful plants - but the same thing happens every year. They are starting to flower at the end of June. So yes, they look lovely now, but won't in August. I'd like to know why too!

Foxglove 'Illumination pink' propagation

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 20:18
Mine were disappointing the first year - but I potted them up for the Winter, replanted them in March and this year they are fabulous! Will do the same in Nov....

Misbehaving stipa

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 19:52
I love these grasses and use them throughout the garden. They look very special among perennials. But a recently planted, quite large specimen seems to have "opened out" and is sprawling all over a fuchsia. It has been very dry here for the last two weeks - and we have been away. Do you think dryness is the problem? I know these grasses sometimes do this later in the year but not in June....

Taking cuttings

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 21:17
I do them like Verdun - but have equal success if I start them off in a jar of water, through little holes in cling film and covered with a poly bag. I usually root five cuttings like this in a jam jar.

Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 21:03
Mine are very much better now I've moved them from pots into good garden soil. I love them! Cuttings placed in water two weeks ago are now developing little roots....

Who pays for Things

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 22:14
I'm going out in to the garden to talk to the flowers.

uploading images

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 16:59
Wish I knew whether there was a maximum size for photos to upload successfully. I failed to upload any for weeks - after many successes previously, then an email from GW suggested the JPEG files might be too big. They were right! But what is the maximum size? It all seems very odd because I'd never had a problem before....has something changed, I wonder?

Black bamboo

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 22:23
I'm no expert - and can only pass on my experience....I had a similar sized plant five years ago. Three years ago I put it into a half-barrel. It is now about six feet tall and it's roots fill the barrel. I water it often and it looks very impressive. I'll post a picture when I can. It looks very healthy but I keep expecting it to burst out of its home! Somebody more knowledgeable may help us both do the right thing...

rhododendron pruning / shaping

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 22:41
Have a look at the photos I posted last week! I know it's not the same type of rhododendron but certainly proves you can prune them hard! They're even more beautiful this week.

Best fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 22:12
I know there are different sorts of cuttings that can be taken from fuchsias, that there are various times of year when you can do it - and that you can root them in soil or water. What do people find most successful?

Discussions started by Berkley

This really cheers me up!

Do you have a favourite photo too? 
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Identification please

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I warned my magnolia....

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Should my crab apple look like this?

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Miscanthus Ferner Osten

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August oddities

Do you have oddities in your garden too? 
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Bare spot problem

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Am I looking after weeds?

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Misbehaving stipa

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Best fuchsia cuttings

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Look what I did to my rhodos

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Give alliums a second chance?

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What have Thompson and Morgan sent me?

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What have I done?

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Replacing conifers with hedge

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