Heather Michaels

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gardening and mental health

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 12:46

Great thread! As a panic attack / anxiety attack sufferer (though thankfully, largely under control right now), I've found that there is nothing more effective at lifting my spirits than spending time outside in the garden. And until quite recently I'd never had called myself an outdoor girl (perhaps though that's not living anywhere where I've had an oustide). And sometimes I don't even do anything. I simply take my cup of tea, and my cigarette outside, sit on the bench, watch and listen. Nothing more. I'm lucky that I live in a rural area I know but the sound of bird song, priceless. I also find that on days when I'm really struggling to get through, and so tired I could drop, that forcing myself outside and getting on with something, somehow, without fail, picks me up. If only they could write all of that on a prescription.....

The mystery of pH.

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 09:46


"Me too Heather.  I just try my best and usually it works.  I'm not very scientific either.  I have read most of these posts though, so some of it should filter to my brain at some point"

You're one up on me lol I read it all too, and it won't compute!

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!

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.

Discussions started by Heather Michaels

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