David Matthews2


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Little green extraterrestrial plant

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 20:48

Further to Papi Jo's comments  (& star pic!), until recently I had a large, extensive colony of the same liverwort on the wall above my (very damp) cellar steps!! Ongoing renovations have meant that the cracked render had to be scraped clear, dislodging the plants. Now they're living in my compost bin!! {btw: I'm sure there'll be enough spores & embryonic plantlets for the colony to reestablish itself ere long...??}.

Last edited: 06 October 2017 20:51:03

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!!

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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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