David Matthews2


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Garden pictures 2016: 2

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 20:27

Here's "Robbie Robin" - my apprentice Under Gardener. He inspects ALL my diggings & plantings to make sure that I'm doing it properly & to his entire satisfaction. [BirdieHSE would have a fit - he's generally less than 5 cms from my border fork tines/ trowel/ hoe...].

Neighbour cut beech hedge back hard

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 19:49

This is what happens when you plant a beech 'hedge' ...and then leave it alone for about 30 years!!


[It was a 'tied' cottage that I lived in from 1977 > 1988]. New occupants obviously thought it ok to 'leave it a while' before topping it?

barbed wire plant

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 21:19

Duchess: I bought similarly at Lidl PD two weeks ago, so Fidgetbones id link is spot-on. I've planted them outside in a deeply-dug shady border to complement young heathers, pansies, violas & a few 'mature' primroses & small, well-behaved ferns as a backdrop. *btw; there is the little matter of an 8' high limestone wall just to the south side, hence the 'shady' position!!


Assistant Undergardener "Robby Robin" checking that each plant is properly 'firmed up' in the newly-planted bed!!

Pembrokeshire coastal villages

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 20:35

Colby Woodland Gardens (managed by National Trust). Well worth a visit at almost any time of year - Oct half-term break beckons - but don't forget February ht is also good as the gardens are very sheltered & come into bloom very early on in Spring!!

Cannas and dahlias going free

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 20:40

Hi Rosie 31: I'd like to take you up on your kind offer for both cannas and whatever dahlias you can spare? [could we operate on the same basis as earlier this year?]. *Btw: the early season red / russet dahlias I had from you did quite well - about 6/8 blooms on the stools in one bucket. Sadly the 'lates' only made copious foliage but no blooms - maybe by next season they'll have matured and will actually come into bloom? Trust you're well - pm me if you are willing/ able.

ID on fragrant shrub please

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 18:49

Around this time of year that councils are apt to 'tidy' their shrubs, Guybrush: I'd go for a stroll with a poly bag and see if their follow-up team have left a few 'cuttings' under the skirts of the shrub you're interested in...??  (time passes...) If the rooted cuttings 'take', there should be enough to pot up after a winter in a sheltered corner or coldframe. Good luck!

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??

Discussions started by David Matthews2

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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Last Post: 16/12/2016 at 17:54

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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Last Post: 19/10/2015 at 19:03

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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