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Latest posts by Berkley

Only Three

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 21:17
Fuchsias, grasses (about ten of them - is that cheating?) and echinaceas,

Seedlings and 'true leaves'

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 15:22

It depends what you did use! I sow several hundred seeds every year and have never bothered with "seed compost". I always use multi-purpose compost and just make sure there aren't any lumps.

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 20:50
Please don't give up on these lovely shrubs. Yes, it is in their nature to drop leaves but if you keep them well-watered and well-fed they will be far less likely to succumb to black spots. I've got seven. I'm always nipping bits off and lovely new red leaves show within days sometimes.

Plants for narrow border

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 19:46
Thank you for all the ideas. It made me think about what I really wanted. For this first year I'll try just a few lavenders, some pelargoniums and dianthus. Then I can plant bulbs and wallflowers. I promise to wear long trousers and will post a photo later in the year. Thanks again.

Plants for narrow border

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 15:08
I have a narrow border in front of a well-protected, white,east-facing wall, which gets lots of sunshine. I have planted a climbing rose (Falstaff) which will hopefully provide lots of scent. I was thinking of planting the rest of the border with lavender hidcote - but this is a sheltered patio area, where we often eat. Would bees be a problem? I'd love to hear some other ideas. (We live in Dorset)

Where did my question go?!

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 11:33

Just the information I needed! Now I know I have to look in "New discussions" rather than "Latest posts". Many thanks. I love the forum and look at it several times a day (when I'm not gardening or planning gardening).....just wondered: Is there an idiots guide to using the foru? Then I wouldn't have to ask daft questions. Glad you've accepted my apology for poor choice of words before Christmas.

Where did my question go?!

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 21:50

Thank you so much for your prompt reply - and yes, I take the point about the Christmas lights. I felt awful for days. I really hadn't meant to give a bad impression.....

Back to my grasses: As I said, yes, I can see it when I look under my profile - but why doesn't it appear under the "Latest posts? I'm sure my posts have appeared there before.

Thanks again for your patience.

Where did my question go?!

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 21:12

This seems such a silly question: I've posted queries on the forum several times before but..

Yesterday I placed one about cutting back grasses. I was very surprised not to see it published - but even more surprised when I clicked on my icon at the top of the page and found that there were 11 replies! So some people must have seen it! I've looked and looked but still can't locate it. Am I going mad?

Evergreen grasses

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 16:36

I realised my mistake as soon as I'd pressed the button! The grasses are deciduous! Thanks for the comment, figrat.

Evergreen grasses

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 15:20

I have a large number of miscanthus, molinias and pennisetums. I love them all - but they're looking very tatty - and I'm dying to cut them down! Some experts say "do it in February before the new growth starts, so you don't damage anything". Others say "Leave it until March. It doesn't matter if you cut some of the new growth off". We live in Dorset: would it be totally stupid to do it now?

Discussions started by Berkley

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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Strange nandina?

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When do slugs wake up?

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Early pruning advised?

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Daddy long legs - a serious problem?

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Pyracantha problems

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To feed or not to feed?

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Should I keep my alliums?

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Can I tame a monster rhododendron?

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