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Heather Michaels


Latest posts by Heather Michaels

YOUNG STARLING ?

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 13:49

What a fantastic picture Lyndab and what a beautiful bird. I haven't seen a Starling since I really can't remember when, juvenile or otherwise so this is a fantastic reminder of what I've been missing

Brown tail moth caterpillar Scotland

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 13:44

I would have run off screaming like a girl leaving the shed door unlocked and in fear of my life lol God I have got to get a backbone

badgers

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 13:41

Its a crazy double edged sword isn't it!

I've also seen badgers dead on the roadside and it breaks my heart but I have to say none at all local to where I live, in the main I see them on the edges of the fastest roads into the towns, as you say a badger isn't going to be able to move out of the way of a vehicle bearing down on them at 50 mph plus. tthe poor things.

I guess all we can do is give it our best shot at attracting/deterring/living with and trying to protect our gardens and our wildlife. Its not easy!

you-sometimes-wonder-if-anyone-sees-the-lights-on

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 19:24

Ladies I hear you lol Mr Bloke perfectly capable of doing anything that benefits him. I arrive home from work today to find he's picked the plums from the tree outside and proudly presenting them to me, presumably cos he wants plum pudding, (he didn't get it!) but if I need something, or want some help, he's far too busy with his Ebay! Good on you Smokin Donkey!

badgers

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 17:09

Hi Welshonion, the food does deter them in the main although it isn't always successful. Unfortunately there is nothing to be done re borders or fences around our property, there aren't any at all. We do have privacy from the road on two sides as we're hemmed in by very old and very tall trees but the road runs around us (its a very quiet road used only by the people who live on it and there aren't that many but as the road goes around it dips down, its gets to 40 foot by the time you get to the front door of the house and by the time you get to the back its nearer 100, and on top of that at the back of our garden is a bank, with the near on 100 foot drop to the ground, which hems the road in with woodland etc so its free reign for any animals wanting to wander there. They come straight up the bank and straight into the garden through all of the trees! 

badgers

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 15:40

Nothing to do about the holes I'm afraid. We have an entire family of badgers visiting nightly in our garden. We HAVE to feed them otherwise they become very destructive indeed. Largely it works although they do have a go at redesigning the lawn on occasion. Its a tricky one. I'd sooner not feed them and have them just forage for their own but they clearly consider our garden part of their territory so they'll just keep coming back and I'd rather keep damage to a minimum (so far they've left all of my plants and veg alone). So I think unfortunately its a case of feed them in the hope that it deters them or go round and fill the holes back in. Neither of them an ideal solution I'm afraid tiptonnic

lots-of-flowers-but-no-courgettes-

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 15:26

Could be that they need a little more sunlight. And Courgettes I know like lots and lots of water. Could they be a little thirsty? If you have flowers they're definitely trying so could be that just a little more sun or a little more water might give them the incentive they need. Been growing them myself this year and so far so good, they're somewhat smaller than you'd buy in the shops but they keep on going. Mine are very liberally watered daily and they're in a sunny spot that gives them as much sun as they can get in my garden which is very tree lined and so doesn't get sun all day but I found the spot where they'd get the most.

what-is-this-plant

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 15:19

Those are beautiful. Quite jealous!

lysimachia-punctata

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 14:44

Thanks addict. My mission for next weekend is now to cut them back. I guess you can be a bit more ruthless now Busy-Lizzie if you get the urge 

lysimachia-punctata

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 13:26

Hello everyone,

My Lysimachia punctata have finished flowering for the season and are now just tall green but barren plants. Do I need to cut them back now? Or just leave them to die off on their own? I've had a scout on the internet but can only find out about pruning. Help please, thank you.

Discussions started by Heather Michaels

Identification required please

Campanula and Begonia - but which varieties?  
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Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 20:48

Wisteria "Amethyst Falls" - is it ill?

Was doing great, now I'm not sure if its ailing 
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Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 19:18

Is this trying to die?

Cistus Purpurens "Alan Fradd" - Advice Needed Please 
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Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 20:50

What am I?

Needing an ID please 
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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 07:42

What are these infiltrators?

I need an ID on these please 
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Last Post: 13/04/2014 at 16:50

Can anyone help ID this little beauty please

Another ID required please 
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Last Post: 06/04/2014 at 16:07

Identification required please

Can someone help me identify these two please? 
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Last Post: 24/03/2014 at 12:45

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

What a HUGE topic! 
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Last Post: 21/03/2014 at 10:43

Advice needed for a ground covering plant please.

Advice needed for a ground covering plant please. 
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Last Post: 18/03/2014 at 15:21

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

Looking for ferns 
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Last Post: 12/02/2014 at 12:28

These guys sprang back up yesterday!

Late Geraniums 
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Last Post: 11/10/2013 at 15:07

My new profile picture

My new profile picture 
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Last Post: 29/09/2013 at 21:12

Absolutely nothing working properly today

Absolutely nothing working properly today 
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Last Post: 29/09/2013 at 19:28

Still blooming

Still blooming 
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Last Post: 24/09/2013 at 19:07

Heather - Dying?

Is this on its way to dying? 
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Last Post: 13/09/2013 at 16:29
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