David Matthews2


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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!!!

What's Your Most Self-Indulgent Unnecessary "Toy?"

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 21:13

I love all my 'toys' to complete abstraction: many of them might be described as "p***Ographic" - especially as they can keep me happily amused/ occupied for hours, if not whole days on end, even weeks if the weather is right.....!!



Have you guessed what they all do yet???

Moth, myth or mithuss?

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 19:15

Thanks for your prompt responses, folks! Another 'first' for my garden. I will just have to guard my toms re: caterpillars (if/when they start flowering?! No eggs spotted on plants in gh, as yet!

Last edited: 20 June 2016 19:15:52

Moth, myth or mithuss?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 21:26


Can anyone put a name to this friendly character, spotted in the eves of my greenhouse the other evening? [over 2cm long, quite heavy-bodied] A near match in colour for my 'rufty-tufty' garden gloves!

Usernames

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 20:09

Sadly I made a 'right botch' of my first attempt to register, hence when I succeeded I became DM2 - never have felt the need/ use of pseudonyms...

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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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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