Heather Michaels

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Crows and Magpies!!!

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 13:10

We have the same trouble with the magpies. They're daring, brave and don't give a hoot about anything else, if they want food they come and take it and will eat anything that's there. I find it quite comical. OH gets very annoyed and stands up inside the house at the window and waves his arms around in a very menacing (or should I say funny!) manner to scare them away. It works, temporarily so bless him he gets up and does it all over again. Has me in stitches. I don't know how many times I've told him if you encourage birds into the garden you can't control what flies in. You can't corden off the garden from the larger birds. In all seriousness though he has a point, they're so brazen! They eat seeds, suet pellets (currently cranberry flavoured), peanuts my OH's home made concoctions (containing fats, oats, biscuits, cereal, corn, gravy, you name it), we haven't found anything they wont eat yet, and it doesn't matter what we put where, if its there long enough they'll figure out a way to sneak in and grab it. Gotta love em!

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

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 12:28

Thank you so much everyone for your input. Sorry to be so long in responding, wasn't being rude, had a couple of weeks off work and that meant I could actually get something done in the garden (well in fits and starts anyway, rain and gales permitting) so haven't been on here at all.

I have looked into some ferns but will definitely check out the suggested sites and suppliers here and have also been looking at some Heucheras, I saw some at the garden centre last week and the foliage is beautiful. I'll definitely end up with a few of those.

Good luck to all of you attempting stumperies and ferneries, lets all let each other know how we get on xx

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.

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