David Matthews2

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Bites in the garden

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 20:42

I'd like to add to Pansyface's comment: my wife & I have each been bitten by Shield Bugs (generic) whilst pottering in our West Wales (coastal) garden & in haymeadows (alms) in Austria. When it's warm enough for them to fly, the little rascals can get quite 'peckish'!! Beware!!

Last edited: 21 August 2017 20:43:09

Cucumbers - what to do with the side shoots?

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 20:52

Hi, Pete: I'd like to wish you "Good Luck" with your 'maiden' growing season in your new greenhouse - by the sounds of it your plants/ crops are heading in the right direction! [ Btw: my 'cues are at 6-leaf stage, but no side shoots yet]. I'd leave the tendrils alone as they all help to spread the loading once the fruits start to enlarge. As regards shortening the sideshoots - do shorten any that get in the way. With the massive pot/ rootrun you've given the plant(s), they're bound to become 'very adventurous'!! Enjoy!!

Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 19:50

Rosemummy: May I request a few of each of the orange poppy, sunflowers & campanulas you're kindly offering? *[I'll pm my address if you are still able to oblige me?, thanks in advance].

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 18:12

Let's hope the lurgy eases & allows you to move off the sofa fairly soon, Dove. *I spotted a male & female Blackcap pair during the recent 'chilly' days in S Pembs, then added a Bullfinch pair today; my first in many a year...Maybe they'll all stick around for inclusion in the Birdcount w/e???

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 21:16

Thanks, Joyce21: Glamorous is not the only word - she has developed very expensive tastes since migrating to the far western edge of Europe - she's worn out/ lost THREE tiaras, & quite likes the odd nifty flute of 'fizzy wine' (when no-one is looking!).

Guernsey Donkey: I quite like your stories too. Adds a 'personal' dimention with each successive turn around the calendar!

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 19:34

Here's a 'rescued' picture of Doris' Ukrainian tree (from a couple of years ago). *The 'junior helpers/ elves' had far less influence then as they were much, much younger in elf years. 

BTW: The 'tree' dismantles totally & the complonents fit into a slim box about 40x10x10 cms, including all decorations. We were gifted it about 25 years ago during an exchange visit to Uman, 100+ kms south of Kiev. [Uman was 'twinned' with Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire at that time].

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 19:21

Meet "Doris" - the charming fairy atop our 2nd 'alternative reality tree' -her original home was in the Ukraine...[I'm afraid the Little Helpers deployed their 'Invisibility Cloaks' & covered not only themselves but Doris' tree as well!!]. *I'll try coaxing them with fairy cakes, maybe there'll be a picture of their tree-dressing soon....?

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 17:36

Thanks folks, your comments much appreciated! *The main tree has led a 'charmed life' since its 'out-of-skip' resurrection in the late '80s.....I like to think that it has now reached its "Forever Home" with our family? **(Still more 'alternative tree'  pics to follow soon  - my junior helpers haven't turned up yet!!).

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 21:13

'Yer tis, then: 2016 edition + "Eternal Star". Enjoy.

'Subdued light' version - which do you prefer??

*Note the true character of the 'sparkly sock' o' top the tree!!

Last edited: 18 December 2016 21:19:12

GW Magazine January 2017

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 18:06

Richard; my subscription copy reached SW Wales today via Christmas post!! Shop copies should be around soonish, I'da thought??

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Urgently Looking for a Doll for indoor game!

Attached photo shows the nature of my genuine need as game is incomplete by 1 crucial piece!! 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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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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Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

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