Heather Michaels

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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.

Autumn colour

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 14:45

Beautiful Marion, I love them when they're in their full red coats. I'd love to have one in my garden but unfortunately there is nowhere sheltered enough from the worst of the wind etc so I think it's a waste of time. Envious of anyone that grows these in their garden.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 14:34

It is definitely a sparrowhawk. Looks like the female as it seems browner in colour and larger but it could just be the pic. Males are smaller and bluer in colour. I get quite a few in my garden, they are breaktakingly beautiful but quicker than a speeding bullet, they're a blur when they're coming in for a take. If they sit still long enough you can appreciate just how beautiful they are. A female sparrowhawk took off from the ground in my garden the other day and flew off very slowly just above my head (if they're not attacking they're very graceful birds) but that was a little scary I have to say, you realise just how long and large their talons are!

Get it off your chest

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 14:13

And it worked Diddy thank you. You just earned yourself a gold star!

Get it off your chest

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 14:08

Hi Diddy, I'm gonna try that for the future.

Give me some time and I'm sure I can add a contribution for belly laughs, I'm the most accident prone, kipper footed and kack handed person who ever walked with a habit of just opening my mouth and speaking the first thing that enters my head and I'm totally scatterbrained along with all of that so my errors, catastrophe's and faux pas are numerous lol I just need to remember what the best of them are. Sigh, what happens to the memory cells once you pass 40?! I'm sure I used to have some lol x

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