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Heather Michaels

Latest posts by Heather Michaels

Seasoned gardeners

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 15:35

Hi nutcutlet and fairygirl. Now yours are names I've seen on here a lot, you guys know your stuff! Great to meet you.;

A thread for a name......I might give it a go and I think I might be able to cope with the odd cheeky suggestion

Addict - another name I recognise! Good to know you. Def going to get some seeds, especially for the veg patch, which as we speak is 7 feet high in bramles and goodness alone knows what else. That's my next challenge!

Seasoned gardeners

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 15:03

Hi Margaret7, good to meet you. This site is fantastic isn't it, I love it. Happy gardening x

Seasoned gardeners

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 15:02

Thanks Archiepem. To our complete surprise come spring this year, our barren dead looking bank of "mud" around the patio in the back garden came to life, so we do thankfully have an element of perennials out back (assuming perennials is the right term!) which is helping an awful lot, its out of control to say the least, and one plant in particular (yellow flowering Lysimachia, can't remember the exact name) certainly likes to take over however its pretty enough and fills a space. Hopefully when it starts to come up next spring, now I know what it is, I can try to tame it a bit. Several places do need planting however so I will aim for cuttings I think. I've paid out a bit for some plants for the front but obviously big jobs and endless payout isn't going to be the way to go. x


Seasoned gardeners

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 14:48

Good afternoon everyone,

I've just spent another wadge of time just trawling through the posts on here and I have to say that I'm just so in awe of you all. I see there are some very experienced gardeners on here who seem to have all of the answers, and so quickly! You're all amazing and I know that any time I get stuck (which trust me is going to be an awful lot) you'll all be on hand with invaluable help and advice. I'm enjoying gardening more than I ever thought I would but I'm not so great at it! And as for identifying anything or suggesting if it's friend or foe, or where it should or shouldn't grow *sigh* maybe one day! That said, I haven't killed anything (though I'm sure there will be lots of opportunity!) and my garden is looking healthier than when we moved in just under a year ago. Only problem is its rented we don't own. How I wish we did. Have to be a little careful what I do and of course spending a lot isn't wise but if I keep chipping away at it I think I'll have a garden to be reasonably proud of - with all of your help and expertise of course! Heather. I've gotta get me a catchy screen name! xx

Not getting notification e mails

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 13:51

I've never had a single email notification since I joined the site. I think it's getting personal with me

New name wanted

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 13:47

Lotsapots! Just read your profile!

Flying Flowers.

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 13:35

I've also noticed a massive increase in the number of butterflies in my garden over the last couple of weeks, there has been a few since spring but of late, lots. Not mad keen on them myself (I can't abide moths and scream like a girl if one comes near me and it then spread to butterflies!) so I try to avoid them but I appreciate that they are certainly a "friend" and not a foe.

Saw Flies

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 13:30

Really sorry for the appaling grammar and typo's there! As usual, I'm thinking way too far ahead of myself and my fingers are falling over themselves!

Saw Flies

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 13:29

Soapy water does seem to help with the sawflies/larvae but not completely eliminate them, looks like its a bit of a battle to get rid of them! And as ladygardener2 says, they don't just like you're roses. Grrr! I also have holes in a lot of my plants (and some of my herbs) and they I'm sure aren't sawflies so I'm looking for a different culprint for those, and as you Sara 4, they shall remain invisible!

Saw Flies

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 06:39

Hi Sara 4, sorry for the late response. Yes I can see the larvae but in fairness you have to look closely to see them, they're not too obvious unless you're up close and personal! They just look like very small green caterpillars. Nothing like that on your rose bushes? I have some odd holes in a few leaves but they seem to like on patch in particular and have now eaten their way through most of them and up until yesterday it was only one rosebush. This morning I see that the little demons have started on another one! I'm sure I can pick them off (with gloves of course, yucky little things lol) but I was hoping for a more definitive solution than that. I do however remember watching the Victorian Farm a while back and there was a very old fashioned remedy for dealing with saw flies so I'm going to hunt it out and see if it does work. I'll let you know what it is, can't hurt to try it and see if it helps.


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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