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Heather Michaels

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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


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.

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