David Matthews2

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Wind damaged Buddlea

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:56

Thanks, Fishy: good luck with your 'bonsaied' buddlea! [plenty of cuttings materials there, no doubt!]. The multi-caned outdoor tomatoes have fared rather better than my italicised single cordons.

Wind damaged Buddlea

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:18

Today's strong winds have 'beheaded' some of the larger hydrangea 'mopheads' and toppled the taller runner & climbing French bean obelisks. By tying the outdoor tomatoes to each other (& nearby trees!) they are at lest no worse than 30 degrees off vertical! I'll settle for that at the present.

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:47

Thanks, Bob, for prompt reply: I'll give them a go in a raised bed that I can 'cover' if the weather deteriorates. Maybe they'll get to the stage of resembling Spring Onions?? (-before Autumn comes??).

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 18:49


 Could these growths be the embryonic 'pips' that could form new onions if planted in fresh soil?

Whats happening?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 17:56

The forecast was spot on for SW Wales: the heavy rain came through o/n Sat/Sun & mostly today you need TWO pegs in your hat anywhere exposed to the near-gale NW wind + gorgeous wall-to-wall blue skies! Toasty inside the greenhouses!! circa 18C outside air temp. Enjoy whatever comes your way!!

wasp residue on damsons

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 21:05

Fidget: That 'cheesey' preparation sounds yummy! I'm just off to inspect the damsons at my 'home away from home' in the Midlands - Plum and damson fruit ripening is generally a little later up there, I find.

Our Silent Fliers.

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:48

Species numbers still fairly low here in inner-urban coastal Pembs: Red Admiral, Peacock, Small & Large Whites, smallish blue, plus Speckled Wood in latest warm/sunny spell. Tiger Moth and Maybugs still fairly unusual sightings for me.

Horticultural Films

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 21:22

Try these for size:

TV programmes: Carnation Street, The Old Grey Thistle Test [with good old Bob!], Dicksonia of Dock (leaf) Green, What's My Lime? Top of the Poppies, Pick of the Crops.

Films: For a Fuchsia Dollars More, The Grape Escape, Lord of the Flies [pick any colour that fits: green, black etc...], Up the Juncus.

Tiny Holes in My Spuds

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 19:40

My 'Rocket' earlies have been 'mined' by slugs, too! I'm just about to uplift my 'Osprey' 2nd earlies - I'm half expecting similar damage as the local slug population is pretty high, especially after a very mild, wet wintertime & early spring. Maybe the only way is with 'resistant' species AND nematode treatments next season?

Hi All from Wales!

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 22:02

Croeso, JayH. Look forward to seeing something of your garden (and views) from Ynys Mon!!

Discussions started by David Matthews2

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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Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 06:56
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