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Heather Michaels

Latest posts by Heather Michaels

The mystery of pH.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 12:59

Oh golly, I am such an ignoramous when it comes to technical things such as PH levels, NPK's, good soils, bad soils etc etc! I can just about manage to understand drainage! I'm afraid I'm not a very scientific gardener (and still a relative newbie to it too), that I tend to just whack em in and see if it works! I haven't killed anything yet though

Does anyone talk to their plants?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 13:49

"I like small speakers, I like tall speakers, if they've music they're wired for sound"

A little Cliff Richard for the Cliff lovers amongst you. Oh wait a minute there aren't any!

Probably best to just quote that to whatever you want to kill off in your gardens instead 

Does anyone talk to their plants?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 15:16

I'm with you Clarington, I talk to inanimate objects all the time too (and curse occasionally when they get in way and/or I stub my toe on them) But I talk to my plants as well, all the time. OH thinks I'm off my head and to be honest I don't know if it makes a blind bit of difference, but I'm not going to stop talking to them just in case they really can hear me!!

Plant identification help

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:40

Definitely a cordyline Ian. I've successfully dug up and moved a couple, admittedly they're much smaller than this, but I've moved one more than once without any problem at all. In my experience they don't put down the biggest and deepest of roots but then that's a big plant so you may need to go a little deeper. Recommendation on them is to keep them out of frosts and some shelter. But mine are growing perfectly well just where they are (shady in the morning, sunnier in the afternoon, not too much shelter, and previous cordylines have coped with snow, ice and frost. In my experience if they want to grow they will. So I'd say go for it. Good luck

Gardeners World 2014 BBC2

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:36

Grr missed it. Hadn't realised it was back on. Thank goodness for iPlayer!

Appalling Customer Service!

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 13:06

Jim Macd,

I'm sorry you're having such a hard time with Bowers but can I just say thank you, for the admittedly completely childish response of fits of uncontrollable giggling at the phrase "rude little manure ball"!!!!   I HAVE to use that one at some point where appropriate

Can someone please help me identify this lovely smelling shrub/plant

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 14:38

Thanks Nut, I'll try that, I did cut some area away around it the other day as it was being so strangled, so I'll take a bit more away if I can, bearing in mind what the tree guy left behind which isn't much in some places and I want to keep the privacy (landlady might also take umbridge if great big holes keep appearing in her trees!) and just give it some serious TLC and see if it recovers. I have plenty of mulch right now too so I'll give it a healthy portion of that, cut off some of the worst affected leaves and see how it goes. Fingers crossed.

Can someone please help me identify this lovely smelling shrub/plant

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 13:39

So that's what the poor, sickly looking this is trying to do its best to be gorgeous being covered over and strangled almost by the cherry laurel tree that makes up my property border. It had the most beautiful flowers last year that I noticed by accident whilst working on cutting back the tree line. Just heavenly but I didnt have a clue what it was. I hope it flowers again this year but I noticed the other day when I was cutting back some ill looking cherry laurel that it looks very, very poorly indeed, the leaves are all mottled and brown. Can anyone let me know what's best to do? Just rid it of all unhealthy looking leaves and hope it recovers? Bearing in mind that the tree guy came recently and cut the tree line back rather too severely if you ask me and so a lot of this plant became a casualty. What's left is quite difficult to get to and I don't know where it starts and ends because of all the trees.


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 12:38

It must be truly scaring to be faced with the prospect of losing your eyesight. Hope all works out well for you Mike, and for anyone else here, Edd, Anthony, that has medical conditions affecting their site. Mine can be simply corrected by the application of a pair of spectacles to the face and reading this has reminded me how lucky that makes me.

Another plant/shrub that needs identifying :) Thank you

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 12:23

Definitely Ribes sanguineum Paul, I have a couple in my garden, and quite large one too. It CAN be a bit of a grower thats true but also quite easy to keep under control and for the riot of beautiful pink blossom in early spring (mine is out already) I love mine. The leaves smell a bit but the blossom gives way to fruit (false blackcurrant I believe). I keep mine pruned back each autumn and don't have any trouble, so long as I don't keep rubbing my nose in the leaves!

Discussions started by Heather Michaels

What is this please?

Identification please 
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Looking for a ground cover plant

Any ideas please? 
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It's been a long time! 
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What am I?

Am I a baddie? 
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Trouble loading pictures

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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?

Cistus Purpurens "Alan Fradd" - Advice Needed Please 
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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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Can anyone help ID this little beauty please

Another ID required please 
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Identification required please

Can someone help me identify these two please? 
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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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