London (change)
Mon 16°C / 13°C
Tomorrow 18°C / 10°C

Heather Michaels


Latest posts by Heather Michaels

Get it off your chest

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 13:19

Hi Diddy. As someone who now lives in a property with a garden for the first time in oh best part of 20 years I think, I have to say that there is so much pleasure, as you say, in watching things grow and spending time outdoors enjoying the garden (have also consumed 1 or 2 glasses of wine outside!). I even found myself sitting outside in the early morning during winter when it was frosty and -3, just because I could! and when the sky is blue when its cold like that I think there is nothing finer. I'll be enjoying the garden again to all its full potential come next spring (to our absolute delight and amazement, come this spring, the bank at the back of the house sprung into life, where previously we'd thought it was just a barren expanse of land) and we didn't have to plant a thing there! Happy days

YOUNG STARLING ?

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 13:02

gardeningfantic that's awesome. If only we had starlings. Just about everything else, but never a starling, sigh

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!

Discussions started by Heather Michaels

Need an I.D on this please

Need an I.D on this please 
Replies: 9    Views: 286
Last Post: 01/07/2015 at 12:51

Hornets

Hornets 
Replies: 12    Views: 320
Last Post: 19/06/2015 at 06:54

I'm not sure what they are?

I'm wondering if these are friend or foe? 
Replies: 2    Views: 231
Last Post: 20/04/2015 at 20:38

What is this please?

Identification please 
Replies: 8    Views: 493
Last Post: 27/03/2015 at 21:48

Looking for a ground cover plant

Any ideas please? 
Replies: 6    Views: 524
Last Post: 18/02/2015 at 12:19

What am I?

Can someone help me with an ID please?  
Replies: 8    Views: 429
Last Post: 11/02/2015 at 10:23

Hello!

It's been a long time! 
Replies: 8    Views: 327
Last Post: 11/02/2015 at 10:00

What am I?

Am I a baddie? 
Replies: 22    Views: 626
Last Post: 09/09/2014 at 21:14

Trouble loading pictures

Replies: 6    Views: 313
Last Post: 09/09/2014 at 15:24

Identification required please

Campanula and Begonia - but which varieties?  
Replies: 4    Views: 358
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 
Replies: 5    Views: 462
Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 19:18

Is this trying to die?

Cistus Purpurens "Alan Fradd" - Advice Needed Please 
Replies: 12    Views: 570
Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 20:50

What am I?

Needing an ID please 
Replies: 6    Views: 566
Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 07:42

What are these infiltrators?

I need an ID on these please 
Replies: 6    Views: 618
Last Post: 13/04/2014 at 16:50

Can anyone help ID this little beauty please

Another ID required please 
Replies: 8    Views: 556
Last Post: 06/04/2014 at 16:07
1 to 15 of 35 threads