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David Matthews2

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Posted: 08/02/2016 at 18:02

Few weeks to go before mine - BUT it's a 'double-header' as it's my wife's birthday too!! [Easy to remember; so no nasty slipups, eh??]. [Just after the Ides of March].


Posted: 06/02/2016 at 15:37

I favour a 'defensive' approach similar to Pansyface's: invert a largish (8" or 10") plastic flowerpot and then add the inverted drip tray on top before reaffixing the table - this 'belt & braces' construction has worked for me!

Iris flowering - is this a problem

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 21:02

I've had several clumps of Dwarf Iris flowering in a sheltered, shady border for about two weeks now. I doubt whether they'll 'recur' later in the spring, so I'll just enjoy them as they are brightening up an otherwise dull area right now! * It's raining heavily today, pic may follow - when it improves.....??


Posted: 20/01/2016 at 18:10

Here's hoping you can stay strong, Verdun: the truth will out - no doubt your existing plant stock will prove worthy in the long run!!

Proposal on the local gardening show!

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 15:27

What brilliant news! Congratulations to the pair of you. May your future lives bring you much happiness together!


Posted: 17/01/2016 at 15:20

Hi, Verdun: I trust that you don't have a nut allery? I could select a 'portion' that's more cherry than nut re: topping, if you prefer? I hope that you enjoy the virtual experience anyway!!


Posted: 16/01/2016 at 18:41

 For all you cake-fanciers [aka gardeners]: herewith the 2015/6 edition of the 'Deliarised' cake!! *It happens to have survived well into the New Year this time.....? must be something amiss?? **I'll have to keep on 'sampling' it just in case.... Beats gardening in xxxx wet weather anyway!

This crazy climate

Posted: 09/01/2016 at 16:27

Nanny Beach: I'm not certain about variety - I cadged some seeds of an ex-work colleague from his carving session! [*If you pm me, I'll pop a few of those in the post??]. Otherwise, try something modest-sized - I gather (from forum comments) that the 'monster' varieties need lots of tlc, feeding & watering etc. Good luck with your self-imposed task! [Tip: get the kids involved at all stages....].

This crazy climate

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 20:37

Interesting that you've been feeding up the blackbirds on 'tethered' apples, Fairygirl: I've used both apples and pears from my store. Also, experimentally, I left out a few very late gourds to see if anything would be tempted by them. So far they've been ignored, other than by slugs shaving the outermost veneer off as they pass! [Can't say I blame them - when I tried roasting a couple they were foul!!]. I'll be sticking to regular pumpkins in future.

This crazy climate

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 17:04

 So pleased for you, Fairygirl: our weather has turned much chillier today with stiff NW winds. So I've redoubled the number of peanut feeders and fatball/ slab mesh feeders today to reduce 'queueing' time of my regulars. *Neighbours feed with nyger seed also, so I often have overflying goldfinch twittering as they pass through...!!

Last season, my garden appeared to be at the margins of three blackbird territories - the 'fellas' were often to be heard giving it large well into the dusk at evening time - a real delight as I was putting the greenhouses & cold frames to bed for the night.

Discussions started by David Matthews2

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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