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Latest posts by Berkley

Help with my Photinia Red Robin Tree

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 22:21
Please don't be afraid to prune it drastically. The important thing is to get its roots back in good soil - and keep it well-watered. I'm not an expert - just somebody who experienced the same thing last year. I was devastated. I had to reduce my six foot shrub to just about nine inches. But already this year the "stump" is covered with numerous healthy-looking red shoots. Good luck! Don't give up on it!

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 21:38
Several fuchsias have kept their leaves and have flowers and developing buds! I shall hate cutting them down in the next week or two....

When do slugs wake up?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 13:41
I wouldn't normally be thinking about this at this time of year - but my delphiniums are shooting already! Should I protect them from slugs or would I be wasting my time?

Vine weevil evil :-(

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 22:45
I think it may be the chafer grub product I'm thinking of....

Vine weevil evil :-(

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 22:31
I thought Provado vine weevil killer had been banned? Or am I thinking of a similar product?

Early pruning advised?

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 20:26
I have a number of clematis which I always prune in late February. But this year, although it's only mid-Jan, we've had well above average temperatures and all the plants are showing lots of buds. So should I prune them now - or leave them another five weeks or so? I don't want them to become leggy if I leave them too long.....advice appreciated.

Crosmosia

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 22:05
Thanks, Verdun.

Crosmosia

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 18:58
I've found this thread really interesting - and can't wait for Spring to come, so that I can divide my Lucifers......I think I'll just replant the top corms and add good compost. But I'm wondering how deep I ought to plant them. I remember reading somewhere that it was quite important - but can't remember what the advice was!

December 2013 Issue - The Calendar

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 22:43
The 2014 calendar is larger than the 2013 one - and the photos are great! Many thanks to the production team! I think it's great.

I want to grow again

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 20:39
I'd forgotten all about them! Thank you so much for bringing them back into my mind - primula obconica! I used to grow them very successfully, in a cold greenhouse and then had them for ages in a bright hall. They were very much admired. I think I had one poor year - and stopped growing them. Now I'm going to try again....

Heathers: from my kitchen window I look out over a circular bed which is full of a variety of summer goodies, but my favourite time of year is Winter, when the sixteen heathers planted to "join up" round the outside look wonderful. I trim them back immediately after flowering and use a lot of leaf mold. I love them!

Discussions started by Berkley

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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Last Post: 14/05/2014 at 23:11

Give alliums a second chance?

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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 21:49

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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Emergency cover-up for water butt

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Do my grape hyacinths have to go?

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Are my monardas dead?

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Can I keep mini cyclamen?

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Last Post: 23/03/2014 at 15:36

Strange nandina?

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Last Post: 18/03/2014 at 13:25

When do slugs wake up?

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Early pruning advised?

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