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Heather Michaels

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Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 11:58

And I forgot the Pheasants!

Plant ID Please

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 11:52

May have this sprouting up in mine. Joy!

Calathea housepalnt

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 11:43

Sorry can't help but putting this here will bump this back up the list and someone may see it who can help 

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 11:41

Hi all,

So far today in my garden (back) I've seen (at one point all at the same time):

4 Crows

5 Magpies

1 Jay

2 Collared Doves

2 Wood Pigeons

1 Feral Pigeon

2 Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers

3 Robins

1 Nuthatch

4 Blackbirds

Blue Tits/Great Tits - too may to count!

As I'm writing this the Collared Doves have just flown back in again, the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker is eating our home made bird food out of the food tray on the ground and 2 Robins are trying to kill each other!

A short while ago in my front garden (all at the same time) I saw

12 Magpies (grrr)

9 Wood Pigeons (grrrr)

2 Jackdaws

3 Crows

2 Blackbirds

1 Robin

Blue Tits/Great Tits - too may to count

Also seen daily but not so far today:

Treecreepers (I love these guys)



Black Caps

Springwatch/Autumnwatch wouldn't be short of material here! Its like a menagerie! 

What am I?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 10:23

Thanks Punkdoc. It is planted in an area of the garden that gets sun (at least when Mr. Sunshine decides to show his face in the afternoon!), so that should be OK. Our back garden would not give it enough sun I think and also due to its size it isn't realistically possible to plant it out back. Shelter causes more of a problem. The back garden has the most! The front, not so much unless the wind blows from a certain direction and then the bordering trees will catch it, but unfortunately it's the best spot I have for it so I'm just going to have to hope that it flourishes. I just couldn't bear the thought of it being hoiked out of the ground where it was doing perfectly well (it as leaning however which is why its original owner uprooted it) and abandoned if I could try to give it a home. 


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 10:00

Buttercupdays, here is to Spring, and safer passage through our gardens 

What am I?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 09:05

That helps a lot ladies, thank you. I'll just give it a little TLC for the time being and see how it goes. It would be lovely if it gives us a bloom this year, fingers crossed 

What am I?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:58

Thank you so much Bekkie and Nutcutlet.

OK, now I need to learn what if anything I need to do to take of it, assuming it actually recovers from the shock of being dug up and having it's roots exposed for a week in frosty weather and being rather severely cut back. It isn't in the most sheltered spot right now, but its the best I have and I just couldn't stand to see what is (hopefully), still a perfectly healthy shrub. 


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:50

Indeed Verdun. And I guess it wouldn't be any fun at all if we weren't presented with a certain amount of frustration and challenges! 

What am I?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:49


I've attached a couple of pictures here of a shrub (tree?) that we acquired just a few days ago. It was donated kindly by someone who'd dug it out of their garden and asking if we want it.

Said shrub (tree) is now transplanted into our garden but it was much larger than we realised and we had to cut the poor thing back by quite a bit to get it into the van so we could get it home. It was also out of the ground completely for a good week before we collected it. So, only time will tell if it will recover or not.

But I need an ID please. I think it may be a Ceanothus (Californian Lilac) and luckily it still has one small blue flower on it which should help with the ID.

 All I'm seeing here is blank boxes so fingers crossed you all can see the images.

Thank you



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Was doing great, now I'm not sure if its ailing 
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Is this trying to die?

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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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