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Berberis thunbergii pronunciation

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:46

Most dictionarys usually provide pronunciation.  Also there arebooks available, Plant names simplified, and  Hamlyn. A-Z of plant names.

Soil test

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 00:40

Oh dear!  Seems Mike may have started a frenzy here, with his pH values.  Look friends.  As another forum member posted.  This tiny island of ours is really great for growing...almost anything.  Please, unless you are scientifically minded etc.  Forget the soil testing etc.  Please don't throw your money down the drain.  Go ahead, plant sow etc.  See what happens.

Rosebay willow herb

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 00:33

Thanks Nut, for the piccy.  Sad that so many fail to see the beauty of our night fliers.

Rosebay willow herb

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 23:11

Alice.  As soon as I began reading your post.  Elephant Hawk Moth came to mind.  Firstly.  Any Willow herb is invasive.  I would suggest containing the root system.  Then you have to be prepared for the seeds.  However, I like you consider it to be such a beautiful flower.  I remember my first encounter with the caterpillar of the Elephant Hawk Moth.  I was hand weeding a border, and intending to remove some willow herb.  Suddenly I snatched my hand back.  At first.  I thought it was a snake.  This brightly coloured creature, the size of my thumb.  This fellow wasn't alone.  Being something of a naturalist as well.  I collected the caterpillers up, plus the willow herb.  I kept them at home in a large plastic sweet jar.  Believe me.  It becam a fultime job, keeping them fed.  Actually, listening close at the top of the jar.  I could actually hear these creatures chomping away.  In time they all entered the cacoon stage.  Later they all came out as fully fledged moths.  So I can well understand your desire.  I wish you well.

starter garden japanise style help please

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 22:56

Hello Diane.

I admire your interest.  To be honest.  The size of your garden is likely to restrict you quite a bit.  I tend to agree with JANAPANA.  I do think that perhaps some personal research is required.  The kind of research that , how can I say.  'Puts you in the mood'  Japanese garden design does just that.  I think that the japanese design is intended to cultivate the mind, rather than the eye, as in perhaps the case of shall we say, english gardens.  Please keep us upto date on your progress.

A Sticky or Notice Board thread.

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 20:56

Thanks Dove.  I suppose the obvious is to start a thread, and a required later, to simply raise the thread again and add-on.

Grafting on newly planted apple rootstock

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 20:53

Times have changed.  Once upon a time.  Grafting and budding was carried out in the open field.  Nowadays most is completed, undercover and on the work bench.  However, I note that you have already planted your rootstocks.  I'd say.  Go ahead. It might be advisable to offer some form of protection at the graft sight, due to the very unbalanced weather we are having.  This is my general advice.  You might wish to check further via other sources.

A Sticky or Notice Board thread.

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 23:40

Initially requested of our host Daniel.  Perhaps other members might also be interested.

So as to save constant New Threads.  Could we have a a Sticky or fixed thread, whereby members can post up and comining show dates etc.   Just a thought.

Growing under staging in a poly tunnel

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 23:23

Richard.  I have never found any printed info on this subject.  Hence I would class it under my.  ' Try it out, experiment'  Notes.   You are at an advantage to me.  Your poly tunnel gives you a certain amount of side light.  So the real bug bare is  the eventual height restriction.  My cedarwood greenhous is boarde upto stagging height.  However I use the under stage area for pot and container storage. Especiall for my lilies during winter.  Then as they start to grow, I move them out and place them on the stagging until they reach the roof.  Then they are returned to floor level.  So really the choice is yours.  Gardening is well documented and has been for decades.  Basics are learned, then eventually the gardener wants to chance his/her arm and experiment.  Main thing is Richard.  Once you stick something under the counter, please don't foget it.  Some plants wil make rapid growth when striving to get more light.  Please let's know how you get on.

Berberis thunbergii pronunciation

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 22:55

thun-berg-ee-a.  [the 'g' in berg, Can be soft as in burger, or hard as in General]  The two 'ee's are as in a capital E.

Sometimes thunbergia drops the final 'a' and is replaced by 'ii'  In this case.  The first 'i' sounds like, as in ink.  The second as a capital I.


This same priciple applies to many botanical names, where ia is used and also ii.

That should get you an exam pass.

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