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Heather Michaels

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Not Gardening but.....

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 13:39

Thanks for this thread. I've been seeing a lot of these in my porchway at home (and one in the house the other day) and steering well clear thinking they were some real nasties. I can't keep up with home much their is to learn when you live in a rural area, in particular which beasties you need to be afraid of and which you dont. If only I wasn't such a total wimp when it comes to anything creepy crawly and anything winged it would be so much easier!


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 13:29

We had a Brambling visit us yesterday for about a half hour. Just gorgeous!. Bird song in spring is one of the finest sounds their is. Apart from the bird song I just love this time of year when everything is starting to spring back to life after the dormant winter months. It was a tad chilly for us this morning too, but I never complain about it on a day when its blue skied and sunny, something about those cold bright days that makes you feel so invigorated.

Help needed

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 13:00

Nick it looks suspiciously like the "unidentified" I have growing in my garden too! Posted a thread on here yesterday. Said plant hereto remains unidentified lol I'm hoping its a Day Lily. I've decided to wait until next spring when it starts to poke through again and relocate it and hopefully, finally, I'll see some flowers which will make identification soo much easier!

Identification required please

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 12:45

Wow so many responses here! Sorry to be so late replying, got busy yesterday and didnt find the time to get back on here.

It does seem that my plant a) is indeed Symphytum ibericum. And yes it can be a little invasive and grows rapidly however I've no aversion to it. Where it grows in my garden it covers half of an almost impossible to plant in banked area and as I'm a busy lady, I love the fact that it just gets on with it and doesn't need a lot of attention. How its quite so hardy I don't know, since we've lived there its had it all, frost, ice, snow, rain and lots of it and gale force winds and yet it still just does its thing. Its not a plant I would ever have chosen myself, but its working well where it is so I'll happily leave it, cut it back once a year and see how it goes. I especially don't want to uproot it as the bumble bees really do love it!

Plant b will be dug up and relocated early next spring when it starts to poke back through again and hopefully then it will flower.

Thank you all again so much for your help, Heather x

Identification required please

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 13:25

Thank you so much everyone. Plant number 2 will be moved next spring when it starts to peep though, hopefully that way it will actually flower, I'd love to see it in flower, I did suspect that it wasn't a grass but flowers do tend to help with ID!

Plant No. 2, it did always look bluebell shaped but I'm so ignorant I didn't realise there was more than one variety so dismissed it!

Thanks again everyone you've been, as always, very helpful. 

Identification required please

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 12:58

hmmm curiouser and curiouser! It looks like I might have to hoik them out and move them when they start coming through next year and see what happens. 


Identification required please

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 12:56

Oh I'd be so pleased if they were some sort of lily. If only they'd flower then I might have more of a clue!

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


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?

Discussions started by Heather Michaels

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Was doing great, now I'm not sure if its ailing 
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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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What a HUGE topic! 
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Advice needed for a ground covering plant please.

Advice needed for a ground covering plant please. 
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Where is the best place to look for information on ferns?

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These guys sprang back up yesterday!

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My new profile picture

My new profile picture 
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Absolutely nothing working properly today

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