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Heather Michaels

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Posted: 23/08/2013 at 14:12

Hi everyone,

Can you help me identify these little beggars please, they've systematically destroyed the unnamed plant that I was trying to grow (I can't remember what is was!!) and I kept leaving them thinking that the birds would just pick them off. But for some reason they aren't, the caterpillars are just multiplying and growing.

What are they please and are they poisenous to the birds?

Thanks as always for your help and feedback, Heather


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 14:05

Thank you so much Helen. I wasn't even sure if this was the time to do it so you've answered that as well, Heather.



Posted: 23/08/2013 at 12:47

Good afternoon everyone I need so help and advice again please.

I have the most beautiful Hydrangea in full bloom in my back garden, in shades of pink and blue but at a spot where it isn't really seen and I'd like to take a cutting from it and plant that down somewhere we can actually see it.

Can you please tell me how/best way to take a cutting?

Thanks in advance, Heather


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 19:40

Italophile thank you for the info. My tomatoes certainly developed a tonne more fruit during the recent hot spell but it did cool down immediately after (a little hotter again now) so I'll give them a while longer and see how they go and then do what you suggest and bring them indoors when it cools down to low teens on a daily basis and finish them off indoors


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 15:03

Thank you. I was wondering if it might be just a heat issue. We were forecast another week of beautiful weather and I was crossing my fingers that it'd be very hot and give them the push they needed but sadly the weathermen lied (again!) and its gray and raining today and nowhere near warm enough. And our overnights have gotten a little chilly over the last couple of weeks so I might have to see what I've got that I can cozy them up with and hope for the best.


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 13:35

Thanks Fairygirl I'll have a look and see if I can hunt it out.


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 13:11

Having trouble with tomatoes myself this year (although this is the first year in quite a while that I've attempted it and I'm in a new area with different growing conditions etc). Mine are planted in either pots or grow bags, all have grown incredibly well and have probably too many trusses of fruits. However with the exception of a few so far they are just not ripening. I have a horrible feeling that despite all of the hard work I've put in its not going to be a very successful tomato harvest this year. Only plus side is that the few that have ripened and we've been able to pick and eat have tasted like something from heaven. Like yourself I just picked random varieties so can't remember what's what but they're all behaving in the same fashion


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 13:01

Vicky I recently bought a couple of very young Salix trees from a store which had badly neglected them to say the least. 95% of the leaves were curled up and brown and/or dropping off altogether and the soil in the pot was bone dry. As I got them cheap I figured I had nothing to lose. Took them home, ground planted them, slightly deeper that I normally would have, gave them a good soak every day for the first week and pruned back anything brown, shrivelled or on its way to dead and they're doing really, really well now with an abundance of new leaves so they can certainly recover and seem to be fairly hardy things so I'm sure yours will do just fine.



Posted: 21/08/2013 at 15:22

I wish I could help but unfortunately I can't. All I do know is that my other half was out mowing the grass last weekend and found a baby toad, all on its lonesome, just sitting curled up in the grass and we don't even have a water feature much less a pond or any other body of water (puddles don't count!). So I'm guessing they'll find their way to you somehow or another, I mean if they'll come to my waterless garden I'm sure they'll find their way to a pond. Perhaps they have an inbuilt satnav?!  Hope you figure it all out.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 14:39

Thanks to nutcutlet and waterbutts for the absolutely out and out belly laugh. You guys are just crazy, in the nicest possible way of course!

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These guys sprang back up yesterday!

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