Latest posts by Berkley

Advice for my rose Falsataff please...

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 17:44


I love my Falstaff rose - planted in 2013. It flowered abundantly in June and is now producing flowers (a bit rain-soaked unfortunately) again. But the three long, green vertical shoots are unexpected and unwanted! I thought I had created a good framework when I pruned in March, but these developed a lot later and were not at all "bendable". How should I deal with them? Did I do something wrong?



Gardeners' World Zinnia Seeds...

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 21:35

I think mine went down, not up. I never saw them ......I'm sure I sowed the seeds the right way up. 

ID please

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 15:16

They look like sweet Williams to me. Mine are in a flower bed...they have been flowering since Spring. Last year I cut them right back when they finished flowering and they flowered again in late August! They are so easy to grow from a packet of seed. I do this in June/July and plant out in Autumn.

Where would you put them?

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 10:45

Thanks Dove. That makes a lot of sense. I have a long, four foot high trellis-type fence that faces West and I think I'll try them there. Will let you know how it goes. 

Where would you put them?

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 22:13

the roses and clematis on my East-facing white brick wall are past their best (although hopefully some more blooms to come)..... But I have some well-developed black-eyed Suzie and am wondering whether it would be a good idea to plant them here - or should I put them to climb up the three roses I have in large containers? 

Bulbs - is it my imagination?

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 20:28

Mid June - and daffodil leaves are still green (and sprawling over other soon-to-bloom favourites)...... I have been very patient up until now - but surely they're usually well over by now? Or am I getting forgetful?

A silly question about sweet peas

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 22:08

Thank you all for your advice. It was very helpful......I feel a lot happier now.

A silly question about sweet peas

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 16:34

I am growing them for the first time - in a barrel up a wigwam made up of eight pea sticks. In accordance with instructions I read somewhere, I planted three sweet peas at the base of each stick......but should I now just retain one for each support? Three growing up now look a bit "jumbled" and I'm worried they won't grow properly .....

Why does my clematis do this?

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 20:25

Thank you so much for your helpful comments, Dove from Above. I shall certainly take your advice about specific clematis feeding. I am also wondering whether I am perhaps pruning too harshly...but I have a clematis Rebecca on the same wall (also a Group 2) and it flowers well at all heights....

Why does my clematis do this?

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 13:45


I love my clematis Crystal Fountain, bought three years ago - but it is still producing a mass of lovely blooms near the ground, with just one or two five foot ascending stems, usually with one flower on top later in the season. I thought it was just an oddity the first year... but am now quite disappointed that it isn't doing what I hoped. Does anyone have any ideas?





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