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Identification required please

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 12:55

4thPanda, the leaves on the second pic grow to about a foot tall, I perhaps should have mentioned that!. Would bluebells grow that tall? 

Identification required please

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 12:51

Hi all,

I've attached some pictures of a couple of plants growing in my garden. I have no clue what they're called. I've taken more than one picture of each which may or may not help but hopefully will.

The first grows like a carpet up to about 8-10 inches tall and there is plenty of it. I like it as it seems to be completely hardy and just gets on with it and the bees love it. But no idea what its called.

The second grew up last year, to about the same state you can see in the pictures. Is this just a funky boring old grass? Or is it something that should flower? It didn't flower at all last year if its supposed to so I'm not sure whether I need to move it somewhere or just dig it up.

Thanks for your help, Heather x

 

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Garden lighting.

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 12:44

There's a dog grooming centre on an unlit road which I have to drive through on my way home from work that fairly recently had a make over. They now have green lighting everywhere. I have to say, for a halloween party, or a murder mystery weekend it would be perfect. But otherwise, well its just downright scary to be honest!

I have to say for lighting in gardens I prefer natural soft white but each to their own. I can see what you want Jack so perhaps try Red or Purple?

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:43

Zoomer, I also read yesterday that more people are allergic to Hornet stings than Wasp stings and that a Hornet's sting is far worse than anything you can get from a Wasp - who knew?!

I also learned that the male drone Bumble Bees that suddenly appear in quite large numbers mid to end of summer don't even have stings!

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 07:50

Welshionion 

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 17:00

Smiffy G. Thanks for the link I'll definitely have a look. 

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 16:59

Sorry Welshonion no can do. I just cannot learn to love wasps. I'm not comfortable with Bees to be honest although they just make me nervous,  I don't dislike them.  I think I'm too old to learn to love wasps, they're aggressive little things that always make a bee line for my face! But I do acknowledge that if I'm going to move into their environment I co exist with them I have to learn to understand them. Will that do?! 

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 13:51

Hello all,

I decided it was high time that I tried to learn the difference between the different types of bee and learn a bit more about wasps, hornets etc.

Oh my goodness! I had no idea just how many different varieties of each there are! I've just filled up an hour and a half of my time just looking at different images and trying to take in some of the information I was faced with.

Bumble bees - I think I'm largely ok now, although I've managed to reach the grand old age of 46 without realising that a Bumble Bee wont die after it stings you!

Honey bees - I'm still wading my way through but I learned some things. Like the fact that they die after they sting you!

Wasps - urgh! Nothing endearing about them whatsoever. I don't like them. Never will. Malevalent little horrors. Just looking at the pictures gives me the eebee geebees to be quite honest. They do look an awful lot like a honey bee though on a quick glance so I'll have to look a bit harder.

Still can't see the obvious differences between a Wasp and a Leatherjacket Wasp and I can't tell the difference between a Wasp and a Hornet yet either.

I guess I'll have to keep on looking and reading but to anyone that's already got to grips with all of this, I am applauding you.

gardening and mental health

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 12:46

Great thread! As a panic attack / anxiety attack sufferer (though thankfully, largely under control right now), I've found that there is nothing more effective at lifting my spirits than spending time outside in the garden. And until quite recently I'd never had called myself an outdoor girl (perhaps though that's not living anywhere where I've had an oustide). And sometimes I don't even do anything. I simply take my cup of tea, and my cigarette outside, sit on the bench, watch and listen. Nothing more. I'm lucky that I live in a rural area I know but the sound of bird song, priceless. I also find that on days when I'm really struggling to get through, and so tired I could drop, that forcing myself outside and getting on with something, somehow, without fail, picks me up. If only they could write all of that on a prescription.....

The mystery of pH.

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 09:46

AllotmentMax

"Me too Heather.  I just try my best and usually it works.  I'm not very scientific either.  I have read most of these posts though, so some of it should filter to my brain at some point"

You're one up on me lol I read it all too, and it won't compute!

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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