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Heather Michaels

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Posted: 11/02/2015 at 10:00

Buttercupdays, here is to Spring, and safer passage through our gardens 

What am I?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 09:05

That helps a lot ladies, thank you. I'll just give it a little TLC for the time being and see how it goes. It would be lovely if it gives us a bloom this year, fingers crossed 

What am I?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:58

Thank you so much Bekkie and Nutcutlet.

OK, now I need to learn what if anything I need to do to take of it, assuming it actually recovers from the shock of being dug up and having it's roots exposed for a week in frosty weather and being rather severely cut back. It isn't in the most sheltered spot right now, but its the best I have and I just couldn't stand to see what is (hopefully), still a perfectly healthy shrub. 


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:50

Indeed Verdun. And I guess it wouldn't be any fun at all if we weren't presented with a certain amount of frustration and challenges! 

What am I?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:49


I've attached a couple of pictures here of a shrub (tree?) that we acquired just a few days ago. It was donated kindly by someone who'd dug it out of their garden and asking if we want it.

Said shrub (tree) is now transplanted into our garden but it was much larger than we realised and we had to cut the poor thing back by quite a bit to get it into the van so we could get it home. It was also out of the ground completely for a good week before we collected it. So, only time will tell if it will recover or not.

But I need an ID please. I think it may be a Ceanothus (Californian Lilac) and luckily it still has one small blue flower on it which should help with the ID.

 All I'm seeing here is blank boxes so fingers crossed you all can see the images.

Thank you




Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:41

Hi Verdun!!

Thanks for the welcome back!

Good to see you that you've lost none of your modesty in my time away !


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:39

I'm not Winter's biggest fan, that's true! But unfortunately, every time we have a very wet Autumn, as we did this year, it turns our entire garden into a swamp and it stays that way for months on end, trying to put down your feet, or walk in certain areas of the garden, quite literally means taking your life in your hands, it's deadly. You either slip or sink into the equivalent of a bog, it's awful. We have managed in parts, the odd hit here and there, to clear some sections, but its been very hit and miss. And I hate it. But, we live where we live and this is England and it rains a lot sometimes so we just have to go with the flow and do what we can when we can. 


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:31

A quick hi and hello to you all!

It's been, I think, some six months since my last visit to this site. Imagine that! How did that happen?

Oh how I'm looking forward to the Spring! My garden at this point in time is looking a very sorry state indeed, barren for the most part, still swamped in mud due to all the rain, despite it being very cold, snowy and frosty, still covered in Autumn's leaf fall and in need of some serious TLC. Calling Spring!!

What am I?

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 21:11

Oh dear! Bad shredder! 

What am I?

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 20:58

Sorry pansy face really not sure. It was here when we took over the tenancy and is clearly quite old and not well tended before we came. I've had to much to do I haven't given it full attention either ashamed to say. I've kept it cut back a little, but it doesn't seem to have improved it much. I'm working with it again now, or trying to but I've been afraid of cutting it back too hard for fear of killing it! And right now I'm thinking that the only thing that would save it is Nut's shredder!



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Identification please 
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Am I a baddie? 
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Wisteria "Amethyst Falls" - is it ill?

Was doing great, now I'm not sure if its ailing 
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Is this trying to die?

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What am I?

Needing an ID please 
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What are these infiltrators?

I need an ID on these please 
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Can anyone help ID this little beauty please

Another ID required please 
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Identification required please

Can someone help me identify these two please? 
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Bees, Wasps and Hornets

What a HUGE topic! 
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