London (change)
Today 5°C / -2°C
Tomorrow 3°C / -1°C

Heather Michaels

Latest posts by Heather Michaels


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 15:13

Thanks for the input Newcastle, I've noticed they can be persistent little critters. I'll soldier on and see how I go, too late sadly for that plant, its a goner 


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 15:06

Sorry for the typos here Marina I've just had my computer overhauled and I swear its developed a life force all of its own! 


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 15:05

I'm new to this Marina but I do know that Hydrangeas respond better if they're slightly shaded from the wind and slightly sheltered from the worst of the sun (or I've found this to be true). The one Hydrangea I have that is the most exposed to the elements is the one with the least amount of flowers and has got a little rangy, the others are do far, far better. One in the front garden isn't flowering but that's only because it needed a serious amount of cutting back as it had got completely out of control where the previous tenants hadn't looked after it and then I had to hack it back again, sadly too late for it to flower this year but it should be just fine for next year. I wonder if yours are possibly a little too exposed? 


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 15:01

Thanks Blairs now I have more than one idea to go on so that's great. One thing though, if I put a cutting in water, could I say keep it in a shed over winter? Or would that be too dark and dry?


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 14:24

Thanks Nutcutlet. Will get big strong (and more importantly brave!!) other half to pick them off. I'm such a wimp I'll never be a true, all embracing gardener lol I just can't do caterpillars. Thanks again, Heather


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 14:15

Its on now nutcutlet, I forgot to attach (its been a long day lol!)


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 14:14

And for my next trick I will try attaching the photo

Here we go:



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

Discussions started by Heather Michaels

What am I?

Am I a baddie? 
Replies: 22    Views: 444
Last Post: 09/09/2014 at 21:14

Trouble loading pictures

Replies: 6    Views: 216
Last Post: 09/09/2014 at 15:24

Identification required please

Campanula and Begonia - but which varieties?  
Replies: 4    Views: 254
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: 342
Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 19:18

Is this trying to die?

Cistus Purpurens "Alan Fradd" - Advice Needed Please 
Replies: 12    Views: 435
Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 20:50

What am I?

Needing an ID please 
Replies: 7    Views: 469
Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 07:42

What are these infiltrators?

I need an ID on these please 
Replies: 6    Views: 496
Last Post: 13/04/2014 at 16:50

Can anyone help ID this little beauty please

Another ID required please 
Replies: 8    Views: 455
Last Post: 06/04/2014 at 16:07

Identification required please

Can someone help me identify these two please? 
Replies: 40    Views: 1284
Last Post: 24/03/2014 at 12:45

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

What a HUGE topic! 
Replies: 12    Views: 668
Last Post: 21/03/2014 at 10:43

Advice needed for a ground covering plant please.

Advice needed for a ground covering plant please. 
Replies: 22    Views: 1002
Last Post: 18/03/2014 at 15:21

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

Looking for ferns 
Replies: 12    Views: 815
Last Post: 12/02/2014 at 12:28

These guys sprang back up yesterday!

Late Geraniums 
Replies: 2    Views: 984
Last Post: 11/10/2013 at 15:07

My new profile picture

My new profile picture 
Replies: 1    Views: 396
Last Post: 29/09/2013 at 21:12

Absolutely nothing working properly today

Absolutely nothing working properly today 
Replies: 2    Views: 520
Last Post: 29/09/2013 at 19:28
1 to 15 of 28 threads