David Matthews2


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What should "Indigo Apple" tomatoes look like??

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 19:28

Thank for your prompt responses, Pete8 & Pansyface: I bought 3" potted seedling/ 8" plants from Wyevale Garden Centre in Carmarthen. *The plantlets were a trifle 'leggy' (half-price reduced), but I potted them on immediately - so they romped away into tallish, healthy-looking plants before going into deep earth beds in my greenhouse. The fruits are 'clean' but as I was concerned about blight, I have only watered into sunken 4 pint milk containers upended (minus bottoms!). *Tasting notes will follow as I've yet to have any 'samples' deemed ripe enough!


BTW: I bought "Artisan Pink" plants at the same time - they have yet to produce any ripened fruits...??


**Have now read the reviews in the link offered, Pansyface: seems folk either love 'em or can't abide!! Await tasting with added interest...!!

What should "Indigo Apple" tomatoes look like??

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 20:45

Hopefully the photos will illustrate my point: are these 'ok' or just the weirdness of the summer growing season being reflected in the fruits in my tiny unheated greenhouse??



What's On Your Desk Top?

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 20:26

I tend to use 'dark sky' sunsets from my most recent holiday. They have the advantage of dark areas to left, right, top & bottom to 'store' the various desktop icons - without spoiling the overall image!! A happy reminder of pleasant days spent by my favourite Austrian lakeside resort, Fuschl am See, Salzkammergut.

Last edited: 30 July 2016 20:28:07

Camera Talk

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 20:37


Four recent shots from Fuschlsee lakeside walks, Salzkammergut.


Thanks for your previous kind comment, Sheps.

Camera Talk

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 20:11

Just love your green beetle, Sheps: here's one I 'snapped' whilst in Salzkammergut, Austria.....


He & I were wandering around the lakeside village of Strobl on Wolfgangsee.

Camera Talk

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 20:19

Thanks, Fairygirl. I'd had to wait for a hefty thunderstorm to clear & I fancy the 'dragon' flew off during the confusion!! Your glen & Pentlands wildlife sound quite magical, btw.



These two characters were quite happy to pose for my camera, though I doubt their genealogy??



Back to reality for my final offering today.

Last edited: 17 July 2016 20:21:24

Camera Talk

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 19:45


This one was more 'lively', but he rested just long enough for a snapshot from 3 metres away!

Camera Talk

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 19:41


I missed seeing the actual 'dragon', but this is the embryonic shell he/ she/ it left behind!


Love the recent wildlife pics - magnificent captures, my earnest/ envious congrats to one & all!!

Insect Hotels in Austria (revisited)

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 19:04

The annual mid-summer visit to my favourite Austrian waterhole offered an opportunity to revisit the Ruming Mill (near Fuschl am See) 'insect hotel' and see just "who's at home" this summer...



*The first frame is a 'ringer' that, frankly, is not what it's all about! - [the commercially inspired answer perhaps???].


The more traditional structure has various cells/ compartments that seem to be dominated by several lone Mason Bee cells  (partially & fully waxed in). Spiders and earwigs find a home in the corners, nooks & crannies. The ants' nest seen last year (June 2015) has now 'moved on' - pehaps they didn't get on with their close neighbours??!!

Slugs and snails getting smaller

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 20:30

On a recent visit to my favourite part of Austria, I noticed some unusually LARGE snails!!



Next picture shows one alongside a 'little owl' for size comparison....



As a result of their strangely nutritious diet, the local ducks have grown to truly HUGE proportions.....



*These two specimens were peering at me over a 1.5 metre high hedge!!


Laugh, I nearly w*t myself!!!

Discussions started by David Matthews2

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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Last Post: 17/07/2016 at 11:15

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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