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Heather Michaels

Latest posts by Heather Michaels

Where is the best place to look for information on ferns?

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 14:33

Thanks to both Alan4711 and Lancashire Lass for the info. I'll get hunting.

Where is the best place to look for information on ferns?

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 11:21

Hi all I hope you can help me.

I need to know where is the best site/place to look for information on ferns?

After much deliberation and watching the recent garden revival on stumperies, I've decided to go with my gardens more rustic style by planting grasses, ferns for the shaded areas and most probably one stumperie.

I do already have some ferns grow in the garden but not necessarily where they should be, I have a couple of different varieties though not sure of the names but I want to move some and plant a lot more. I want evergreen ferns though, I can't have a bare mud laden garden to look at next winter. And I'd also like some that grow lower to the ground as opposed to growing very tall.

I have looked around on the internet but I'm not finding anything terribly helpful so all suggestions for sites or indeed ferns would be greatly appreciated. Heather x

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 12:11

Glad I saw this thread, wasn't aware of the bird count this weekend. Will definitely be taking part.

Flies in compost

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 13:50

Having read all of your comments here I realised I was completely ignorant about the different species and varieties of flies. So I googled them. Eeewwww! lol Funny thing is they never really bothered me before, don't get me wrong I never tolerated them in a kitchen where there was food around but other than that they just weren't an issue. I might be viewing them a little differently now! Ignorance is bliss, as they say!

Such Strange Weather

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 12:49

Hey Mike, I have all sorts going on in my garden too. The daffs started showing themselves just above the ground just before Christmas and they're already almost 5 inches tall now, I'm guessing it won't be long before they go for it full on. My geraniums are still flowering on and off, they just don't seem to want to stop. Only problem there is I've been desperately wanting to cut them back but couldn't bring myself too whilst they were either flowering or showing new buds. The leaves are getting very straggly now though so I might just bite the bullet and cut them back. I have roses in flower and the ones that aren't flowering are shooting up all over the place with lots and lots of new growth. The snowdrops and bluebells also look like they're starting to make an appearance and the new buds on the cherry laurel tree are opening up as if to flower already. The birds I've noticed are getting broody already too! We have the usual compliment of tits, magpies, crows, several blackbirds, pigeons, Robins, Jays, blackcaps, nuthatches, woodpeckers galore, dunnocks, a pair of song thrushes and pheasants!. Lots of chaffinches as well. So far we haven't had the visiting fieldfares or redwings but although we had a really healthy and beautiful garden this year with berries everywhere, right now there aren't any so we may not see them this year. Crazy weather indeed!


Yellowing Basil plant leafs.

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 12:53

Wow Clarington you did really well there. I've never yet managed to grow a basil plant brought from the trusty supermarket. Days at best and then its all over!

hydrangea pruning

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 15:25

My hydrangeas in the front garden I think have all but died over this winter. The ones in the back garden seem fine, but those in the front, all the leaves went black, and the stems are also all black as are the buds that had formed, any new growth they are trying to make is also coming through black. Not really sure why. The only thing I can think of is that the front garden has a lot less shelter and cover and I know they're water loving plants but I'm assuming with all the rain we've had that they're just too waterlogged. I'm just hoping that by trimming them back a little, carefully, they'll recover for next year (I guess this year will be a no-no). All of mine are mopheads, I'll give the ones in the back garden due pruning attention in spring and just pray for the ones in the front garden.

Narcissus starting to grow

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 14:56

Mine are showing also, have been since just before Christmas. Just goes to show how mild it is. I also still have roses flowering, and my geraniums are also still flowering, on and off. Finally managed to get outside over the weekend to try and cut it back thinking it must surely be all over by now but nope.... flower buds everywhere! Crazy weather.

Talkback: Territorial garden birds

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 14:51
Higgy, fantastic pictures

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 12:30

I absolutely loved last nights section on stumperies. Sublime! I didn't realise just how beautiful "boring" plants such as ferns can be. In the right environment they are stunning. (We already have a good few at home but can't say I've warmed to them, perhaps cos they're all higgeldy piggledy and look as though someone dropped them there and couldnt be bothered to pick them up! I don't know if I'd go the whole hog with full stumperies but this persuaded me to plant more ferns, in as many varieties as I can and just sit back and watch them grow. I bought a lot of flowering plants last year as the property I live in is surrounded by trees, has tree borders and is green, green and green however I've now seen how lovely green can be so why not just go with the whole "in its own environment" thing and not worry so much with "flowering beauties".

Discussions started by Heather Michaels

Identification required please

Campanula and Begonia - but which varieties?  
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Wisteria "Amethyst Falls" - is it ill?

Was doing great, now I'm not sure if its ailing 
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Is this trying to die?

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What am I?

Needing an ID please 
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What are these infiltrators?

I need an ID on these please 
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Last Post: 13/04/2014 at 16:50

Can anyone help ID this little beauty please

Another ID required please 
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Last Post: 06/04/2014 at 16:07

Identification required please

Can someone help me identify these two please? 
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Last Post: 24/03/2014 at 12:45

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

What a HUGE topic! 
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Advice needed for a ground covering plant please.

Advice needed for a ground covering plant please. 
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Where is the best place to look for information on ferns?

Looking for ferns 
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These guys sprang back up yesterday!

Late Geraniums 
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My new profile picture

My new profile picture 
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Last Post: 29/09/2013 at 21:12

Absolutely nothing working properly today

Absolutely nothing working properly today 
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Still blooming

Still blooming 
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Heather - Dying?

Is this on its way to dying? 
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