David Matthews2

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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??

Other Hobbies

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 19:28

Thanks for your several comments DHR, Fidgetbones & KT53. *Btw: I used 'PhostroPhotoboost' or something similar on the tomatoes this year....dramatic results, eh? Normally I play it quite 'straight' with my photos, but I was bored on a really grotty day - so I decided to tweak the colours somewhat...normal service now resumed, honest!!

A rather floppy sunflower from 2015 ... unfortunately the slugs edited most of this year's crop at the seedlings/ young plant stage.

Plume Moth

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 19:59

Congratulations, Sheps: what a cracking photograph!! Brilliant colours & definition too.

Other Hobbies

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 19:48

As several of the 'regulars' will have noted, I'm also quite keen on messing about with a camera - many subjects tickle my fancy; from the mundane all the way to the 'gorbimey'....!! Categorically: Landscapes are a big favourite, with natural history fauna & flora a close second.

Partially fledged Robin 'friend' who's just hoping the rain will let up for a while!!

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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