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Heather Michaels

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Posted: 20/08/2013 at 19:46

Hi Michael,

I'm a real novice too and learning as I go but I'm working on an inherited garden so haven't faced some of the issue's that you've had but I've had some issues along the way, help and advice needed etc and these guys on here are just great. I can't help at all when it comes to what does best nourishing your soil or double digging (who knew there was such a thing?!) but I just wanted to say that what you've done so far is impressive! Who knew gardening could be such hard work? And boy does it keep you fit. Good luck with it and keep posting pics as you go it would be nice to see the progress. P.S. One thing I've learned this year is that courgettes are a doddle to grow and just keep on giving. But then you don't need a double dug bed for those, a grow bag or an old metal bath tub will do, just compost them and voila! courgettes! 


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 14:05

Welshonion, was considering making Jelly with them as I've never tasted it before. Mixing it with apples I can do, have a lovely tree laden with almost ready to eat apples but unless I can persuade the birds to pick all the berries off of the tree and drop them for me its mission impossible lol its just tooo tall.

Fairygirl, now its laden with fruit its my favourite thing in the garden it looks so pretty. Not sure how common they are down here in Surrey to be honest, its been so long since I lived anywhere that had even any discernible trees that I think I've forgotten anything that I knew way back when, so much I can't identify but I'm sure I've never see a Rowan in fruit before so I'm loving that. And yes the birds do love them, they're all over the tree.  Happy Days



Posted: 20/08/2013 at 07:29

PeterE17 thank you so much for this information. I've had a look through the site identification from the linik you attached here, it was so helpful. I'm 99% certain that it is a Rowan Sorbus but I'll need to pull a couple of leaf clusters to be sure. Now, if only I can figure out how the hell I reach it lol - its sooo tall and the leaves start so far off of the ground and the tree is also growing on the side of a bank so there's no reaching it from the other side, there's a 50 foot drop to the road! Now where did I put my crane?!



Posted: 18/08/2013 at 16:59

Thank you all so much for your help with this. Confused though. Safe to eat/make jam with the berries or not?  Thanks again 


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 15:40


I'm attaching a picture of a tree growing in my garden and hoping you can identify it for me please.  The tree is very tall, fully grown I guess, full of lush green leaves and full to bursting with clusters of orange berries. 

I hope the picture quality isn't too bad, it was very hard to get a picture of the tree from the ground with my mobile phone. 

Thank you in advance, Heather


Slugs & Snails

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 19:15

Sorry Waterbutts, couldn't respond earlier, computer died a horrible death  I sometimes forget that the weather isn't the same everywhere! At the time I posted this message, it was pushing 32 degrees, blue skied and sunny! 


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 12:38

I'm stunned by this. We have wood pidgeons in our garden and have adult fruit trees (apple and plum) and our pidgeons (well I don't personally own them!) don't go anywhere near. Hmmm suspicious now. Perhaps the fruit is bad so they don't want it. Or the leaves are laced with poison. Or maybe they just don't like either variety of fruit. Feeling very lucky now.


Slugs & Snails

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 12:33

That's about the only place in my garden I haven't had to worry about them attacking. The little horrors. And that's putting it politely. They are single handedly (or the sluggy equivalent since they don't have any hands) eating through whatever they come across in my garden that has anything at all in the shape of a discernible leaf. Drives me mad. I'm with Daisyheadcase when it comes to slugs I'm afraid, don't have a good word to say about them, they're slimy, sneaky, far too hungry clearly and therefore deserve a very bad end! I know that's childish too but I just can't bring myselt to tolerate them and find a good valuable reason for them being in existance at all! And they are surprisingly mobile and high reaching for such flat little things. Can't bring myself to vaseline all of my pots, it gets a little disgusting when they've been rained on, leaved on and had mud splashed up them! Anyway, sluggy rant over, hope you're all enjoying the lovely weather today.


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 12:23

Over the really hot spell we've had I've been saving my bathwater from the previous evening and watering my plants with it the next morning. They don't seem to mind at all that it had blackcurrant and blackberry flavoured bubble bath in it the next before!

Seasoned gardeners

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 17:44

Big thank you to addict, KEF, PaulaH, Verdun and fidgetbones for all of your input and well, just for talking to me really! Some really good advice being given and I'm grateful for all of it. Have a great rest of the day, speak soon. x

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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