Heather Michaels

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Identification required please

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 12:58

hmmm curiouser and curiouser! It looks like I might have to hoik them out and move them when they start coming through next year and see what happens. 


Identification required please

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 12:56

Oh I'd be so pleased if they were some sort of lily. If only they'd flower then I might have more of a clue!

Identification required please

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 12:55

4thPanda, the leaves on the second pic grow to about a foot tall, I perhaps should have mentioned that!. Would bluebells grow that tall? 

Identification required please

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 12:51

Hi all,

I've attached some pictures of a couple of plants growing in my garden. I have no clue what they're called. I've taken more than one picture of each which may or may not help but hopefully will.

The first grows like a carpet up to about 8-10 inches tall and there is plenty of it. I like it as it seems to be completely hardy and just gets on with it and the bees love it. But no idea what its called.

The second grew up last year, to about the same state you can see in the pictures. Is this just a funky boring old grass? Or is it something that should flower? It didn't flower at all last year if its supposed to so I'm not sure whether I need to move it somewhere or just dig it up.

Thanks for your help, Heather x








Garden lighting.

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 12:44

There's a dog grooming centre on an unlit road which I have to drive through on my way home from work that fairly recently had a make over. They now have green lighting everywhere. I have to say, for a halloween party, or a murder mystery weekend it would be perfect. But otherwise, well its just downright scary to be honest!

I have to say for lighting in gardens I prefer natural soft white but each to their own. I can see what you want Jack so perhaps try Red or Purple?

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:43

Zoomer, I also read yesterday that more people are allergic to Hornet stings than Wasp stings and that a Hornet's sting is far worse than anything you can get from a Wasp - who knew?!

I also learned that the male drone Bumble Bees that suddenly appear in quite large numbers mid to end of summer don't even have stings!

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 07:50


Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 17:00

Smiffy G. Thanks for the link I'll definitely have a look. 

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 16:59

Sorry Welshonion no can do. I just cannot learn to love wasps. I'm not comfortable with Bees to be honest although they just make me nervous,  I don't dislike them.  I think I'm too old to learn to love wasps, they're aggressive little things that always make a bee line for my face! But I do acknowledge that if I'm going to move into their environment I co exist with them I have to learn to understand them. Will that do?! 

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 13:51

Hello all,

I decided it was high time that I tried to learn the difference between the different types of bee and learn a bit more about wasps, hornets etc.

Oh my goodness! I had no idea just how many different varieties of each there are! I've just filled up an hour and a half of my time just looking at different images and trying to take in some of the information I was faced with.

Bumble bees - I think I'm largely ok now, although I've managed to reach the grand old age of 46 without realising that a Bumble Bee wont die after it stings you!

Honey bees - I'm still wading my way through but I learned some things. Like the fact that they die after they sting you!

Wasps - urgh! Nothing endearing about them whatsoever. I don't like them. Never will. Malevalent little horrors. Just looking at the pictures gives me the eebee geebees to be quite honest. They do look an awful lot like a honey bee though on a quick glance so I'll have to look a bit harder.

Still can't see the obvious differences between a Wasp and a Leatherjacket Wasp and I can't tell the difference between a Wasp and a Hornet yet either.

I guess I'll have to keep on looking and reading but to anyone that's already got to grips with all of this, I am applauding you.

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