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Heather Michaels

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A great day!

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 19:32

Well done Emma and Meg, you must be really chuffed x

The demise of our native songthrush.

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 19:24

Over the last year we've been here (Bletchingley in Surrey) in our semi country/semi woodland home we've had both mistle thrushes and song thrushes although admittedly not in any great numbers (the odd one or two). Beautiful birds to look at and to listen to its a shame there aren't more but they're the first ones I've seen in years and years. Lots of blackbirds though. Had a visiting Fieldfare last winter, who knows if he'll come back this year, we also had Redwings last winter, hoping to see them again this year. I'd love to see more thrushes I think they are declining. 


Posted: 18/09/2013 at 14:16

James I've just seen all of this. What a clever person you are. Quite the handy man by the looks of it and quite a good gardener too, Clueless by name but not by nature me thinks! Keep at it, its looking fantastic so far and it'll only get better. Posting here so as not to be seen as some sort of mad cyber stalker


Posted: 18/09/2013 at 14:00

I would go for Thyme, which in my experience is a fairly hardy herb and should cope without too much sunlight. Parsley is always a good grower and ideal for growing in a window sill. Its largely up to you as you know what you like to eat! I always have problems growing basil so I don't bother now. Oregano/Marjoram usually do OK just left to their own devices too. Be careful of Mint though, don't get me wrong it'll grow well enough, but too well tends to be the problem, it can have a tendancy to take over and if you have limited space that would be a bit of a pain. If you don't want to grow from seed it might be just as well to go to your local garden centre and buy the herbs you want already started, you can still take all the credit when they continue growing! Good luck

Heather - Dying?

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 16:29

Thank you. They're in compost right now as they're in the pots but my soil here is sandy and quite stony so if I get them in the ground they should get the drainage they need. I bought them because the tag said they flower over autumn and winter and I'm desperate for some winter colour so if they're dying off already they're not going to be so colourful as I thought when I need them to be 

Will try cutting some of the flowers down and getting them in the ground (will need to do it under a brolly which I was trying to avoid!) and see how they go. And I know the rain won't kill me and I'm not allergic to it but Yuk to doing anything out there in this much water! 

Heather - Dying?

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 16:19

Hi everyone,

Some advice please. I bought a couple of Heather plants about 6-8 weeks ago which I repotted when I got them home and positioned them where I thought they would do well, to be sure they were in the right place before I ground planted them. They were doing very well indeed until a week ago. Before I could actually ground plant them, along came the rain and its barely stopped since so the plants are still in the pots. But I've noticed that the flowers seem to be dying off and everything is turning brown. I'm assuming that they shouldn't turn brown? Have they got wet feet from so much rain? If its a weather issue, if I can get it in the ground will it recover of is it too far gone already. Pics follow. But they make the whole plant look healthier than it does in the flesh! First two pics are of the worst affected, third one is the second plant but that doesn't look so bad as the other one.

 Thanks, as always for your help and advice, Heather 





Posted: 13/09/2013 at 12:22

lol Alan couple of pints of oil a day not quite such an appealing prospect huh!


Posted: 12/09/2013 at 12:41

This was a phenomenal programme. So much that I didn't know about. But how sadly high tech and scientific everything is now.


Posted: 11/09/2013 at 15:28

So the A word not allowed huh! That's OK, its felt more like Winter here the last few days, I think we skipped A***** altogether. One the plus side, a lot of my tomatoes are finally starting to ripen and turn red and my roses are still in full bloom. Can't wait to get stuck into my tomatoes. I've used up all of our plums already (turned them into crumbles for the OH, which is really good of me I think since I don't eat them!). Starting on the apples over the weekend, I feel lots of old fashioned chutney's coming on, and the obligatory crumbles and pies of course.

Moans about GW

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 14:51

all of you just echoing what i've been saying to my OH for years, please, please, please BBC its time to dedicate a channel to sport and leave the rest of the scheduling and programming alone (not sure what I think my OH is going to do about it though!). I like some sport, don't get me wrong, in particular Wimbledon, but I appreciate that some people don't so why should they have their scheduling disrupted and their programms whipped off air. And why oh why is GW not on for an hour each week, the half hour is just not long enough. Do they TV bigwigs ever really learn what people are saying and what they want to watch? Unfortunately I think not.

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