David Matthews2


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Flowering Ivy

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 20:47

DianeH: Quite a number of garden birds will be attracted to the (black) ivy berries over the late Autumn & Winter months - blackbirds, pigeons, even redstarts as they migrate through Britain. Keep you eyes peeled & you may get some 'welcome' visitors!!

Found this at the beach? when can i plant it and what is it from?

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 20:41

Archie: I'm pretty sure that your 'mystery' seed is from a peach or nectarine! Pop it into gritty compost in a pot, place on a sunny windowsill & watch what may emerge from the soil.... in due course!! Enjoy!!

Using grass cuttings as mulch

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 21:10

DerekP: Fairygirl got it right; additionally they can act as a terrific 'mollusc' haunt!! Best mixed into the compost bin & stirred frequently to incorporate with 'brown' stuff (imho).

Other Hobbies

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 20:29

Looks like these guys have been 'snacking' on some of those slighly dodgy tomatoes/ foliage??

Other Hobbies

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 19:28

Thanks for your several comments DHR, Fidgetbones & KT53. *Btw: I used 'PhostroPhotoboost' or something similar on the tomatoes this year....dramatic results, eh? Normally I play it quite 'straight' with my photos, but I was bored on a really grotty day - so I decided to tweak the colours somewhat...normal service now resumed, honest!!


A rather floppy sunflower from 2015 ... unfortunately the slugs edited most of this year's crop at the seedlings/ young plant stage.

Plume Moth

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 19:59

Congratulations, Sheps: what a cracking photograph!! Brilliant colours & definition too.

Other Hobbies

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 19:48

As several of the 'regulars' will have noted, I'm also quite keen on messing about with a camera - many subjects tickle my fancy; from the mundane all the way to the 'gorbimey'....!! Categorically: Landscapes are a big favourite, with natural history fauna & flora a close second.


Partially fledged Robin 'friend' who's just hoping the rain will let up for a while!!

My roses

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 20:52

Lovely photos, Bulkherb - I feel that I probably know many of the roses: my father & grandfather had quite extensive collections when we lived in the English Midlands. Might it be worthwhile naming each one when you get to the final selection for your calendar??


Iris - partially highlighted by backlight (soft muslin 'reflector' {out of sight}).

Last edited: 01 September 2016 21:00:22

Dark coloured Tomato with smoky flavour

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 21:02

Note to Pete8: You might also consider  heritage tomato "Indigo Apple" for 2017 season - I'm growing several this year in a tiny unheated greehouse: VERY dark in colour - all the way through the fruit & to my mind 'quite smokey' in flavour. [fruit is 4" diameter]


When fully ripened the upper surface is almost black, whilst the underside is deep scarlet/crimson!! Give it a whirl?? [Btw: I have saved a few ripened seeds on tissue - pm me with your address & I'll send 'em over to you?].

Last edited: 31 August 2016 21:06:13

Clematis "Freckles" in flower so early??

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 19:54

Thanks for your comments AYM, DoveFA & RichardH: I've had the plant for about 5 years now - I just leave it alone & it seems happy to 'romp' around the shady side of the yard using several very large potted shrubs for support - myrtle, griselinia, phormium, azalea, verbena etc...Btw: I've noticed that the similarly located Jasmine is also beginning to flower for the second time this year (spring to early summer is more usual, I believe??).

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Clematis "Freckles" in flower so early??

Long-established plant coming into flower already - normally 'winter' flowering type.  
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Last Post: 29/08/2016 at 19:54

Mystery Moth in garden foliage

Found deep in the shrub border (aka 'the jungle') - I've not seen the like before?? 
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Last Post: 12/08/2016 at 21:14

What should "Indigo Apple" tomatoes look like??

First time of growing this variety & it looks really odd - colour, shape & slow-to-ripen behaviour all weird!! 
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Last Post: 10/08/2016 at 19:28

Insect Hotels in Austria (revisited)

Update photos of previously posted 'deluxe' insect accommodation in Fuschl, Salzkammergut, Austria. 
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Moth, myth or mithuss?

Recent visitor to my greenhouse 
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Last Post: 27/08/2016 at 21:19

I've got a luverly bunch of ? Definitely not coconuts!

So I've grown gourds this season & needing to know whether these are edible, or merely ornamental?? Positive information would be most welcome - before I poison aybody!! 
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What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 19:47

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Small evergreen shrub withsharply-pointed glossy leaves and white 'malteser-sized' bobbles supported on short stems. 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 18:17

Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 06:47

Getting Crafty in my old age...

Planting and discussing spring bulbs with my grand-daughters prompted an ad hoc craft session with them the playroom 
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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 21:26

Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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