London (change)
Today 11°C / 5°C
Tomorrow 8°C / 4°C

Berkley


Latest posts by Berkley

Replacing conifers with hedge

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 10:55
We have just had eight large conifers removed (they had probably been there 30 years and some were leaning dangerously after the recent Winter). We are going to replace them with a cotoneaster franchetii hedge. There is obviously a large amount of shredded conifer bits left. Can I use them as part of the planting preparation? I'm also thinking of bagging some to use in the Autumn as a mulch for heathers, pieris etc. What do people think?

Emergency cover-up for water butt

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 15:02
Up until now our very useful water butt on the corner of the house, in the front garden, in full view of the neighbours, has been beautifully disguised by a ceanothus which we have trained round it. Unfortunately it died this Winter. As a short-term measure I'd like to put some sort of shallow container on top with trailing plants. It is a South-facing, exposed area and any ideas would be much appreciated.

Do my grape hyacinths have to go?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 21:54
Thanks to everyone who showed interest in my problem. I was torn between the two different viewpoints expressed - but when I saw how the grape hyacinths were lying as a soggy mass over the houseleeks this morning, I knew it couldn't be good for them....I think I've pleased everybody: I must have removed about two million and probably left just as many behind! The whole operation took me four hours, but the sempervivum look happy again and I've replanted the largest hyacinth bulbs in an ideal (and isolated) spot. Many thanks again to all.

Do my grape hyacinths have to go?

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:33
I have a large collection of sempervivum in my rockery, which give me a great deal of pleasure. But they are now completely covered by grape hyacinths. These will disappear very soon of course - but are they harming the houseleeks - and if so, should I get rid of them? Presumably I'd have to dig everything out?

Are my monardas dead?

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 22:24
I grew monardas for the first time last year and was very pleased with them - until they were covered in mildew. I resolved to use a fungicide on them the following year.......I think they must have heard me, because there's no sign of them yet. Surely they survived a mild Winter in Dorset? Do you think they may still surface?

Free Thompson and Morgan postage and packaging

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 16:52
All the firms offering 10% off are listed in every month's edition of Gardeners World (possibly just for subscribers?) T&M is one of them - but the code does not apply to postage. Occasionally T&M offer free p and p: you will be alerted to these occasions via email if you are on their list.

Can I keep mini cyclamen?

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:13

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40062.jpg?width=350&height=276&mode=max

I think they are cyclamen coum? Hope photo is OK...

 

Can I keep mini cyclamen?

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 13:21
I have a lovely display of mini cyclamen at the moment, but want to remove them to allow some additional planting and then hope to replant the cyclamen. I believe they die back completely? Shall I dig them up and place in pots? Or allow to dry before replanting? I suppose I could lift them and then replant almost immediately? What would people recommend?

Strange nandina?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 13:25
Thanks

Strange nandina?

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:09
Thanks Daintiness. I do hope you're right. Do you prune yours at all?

Discussions started by Berkley

What could I choose?

Replies: 18    Views: 713
Last Post: 06/12/2014 at 20:28

My Christmas present (gardening) list

Replies: 27    Views: 592
Last Post: 24/10/2014 at 08:51

This really cheers me up!

Do you have a favourite photo too? 
Replies: 6    Views: 367
Last Post: 25/08/2014 at 20:40

Identification please

Replies: 2    Views: 271
Last Post: 25/08/2014 at 16:43

I warned my magnolia....

Replies: 7    Views: 403
Last Post: 13/09/2014 at 10:33

Should my crab apple look like this?

Replies: 3    Views: 280
Last Post: 22/08/2014 at 05:41

Miscanthus Ferner Osten

Replies: 19    Views: 541
Last Post: 01/09/2014 at 16:44

August oddities

Do you have oddities in your garden too? 
Replies: 12    Views: 383
Last Post: 11/08/2014 at 20:02

Bare spot problem

Replies: 3    Views: 257
Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 17:42

Am I looking after weeds?

Replies: 4    Views: 333
Last Post: 09/07/2014 at 15:24

Misbehaving stipa

Replies: 2    Views: 144
Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 21:11

Best fuchsia cuttings

Replies: 1    Views: 186
Last Post: 21/05/2014 at 08:47

Look what I did to my rhodos

Replies: 6    Views: 510
Last Post: 14/05/2014 at 23:11

Give alliums a second chance?

Replies: 2    Views: 261
Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 21:49

What have Thompson and Morgan sent me?

Replies: 22    Views: 1140
Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 18:27
1 to 15 of 55 threads