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David Matthews2

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what are you excited about?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 18:38

I'm excited 'cos today's my birthday AND my wife's birthday too!! Furthermore some of the sunflower seeds that Soulboy sent me have 'risen' in the natural warmth of my unheated greenhouse!! [+ assorted weeds that must have been in the soil I used, tut!].



Posted: 26/02/2015 at 19:54

 Just two of my favourites - so refreshing after all the snow, rain & gales! [They obviously love the 'diet' of hg compost I gave them after their severe 'haircut' last December!!!].

Lawn mower, 55 and overs needed.

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 21:20


Ancient hydrangea?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 20:50

 The accompanying photo shows a large 'mophead' hydrangea which was planted by Mum & Dad in the mid-'1950's: I remember rollerskating (badly) and ended up nose-diving into it one Christmas morning when I was seven or eight years old - just after taking the bungalow over from the builders. It's still going strong nowadays & I have brought cuttings to root in my west-Walian garden.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 20:00

Gave my gh-overwintered Broad Bean plants their 'freedom' in prepared/ sheltered sunny beds: Bunyards Exhibition and The Sutton (dwarf) as they're becoming quite tall & in need of supporting sticks. Also started the 'spuds-in-buckets' plantation with 1st early Premiere. They too start off life in the small gh, then go up against sheltered S-facing stone wall later on as the tops develop. Filled a 4' trough with dozen primrose plants brought by oh for Valentines Day [half price at Homebase on Monday] -- trough will go on sunny windowledge (just wide enough) after the plants 'perk' up a bit!


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 18:24

Rosemummy: I've sent you a pm with my suggestions.


Posted: 30/12/2014 at 20:25

Monday 29th*: started with intense frost covering all cars, rooftops and any 'shadey' places. Tried to defrost car windows (& door rubbers) for 1/2 hour - my navigator decided that we could postpone intended superstore grocery trip until later, after wintry sun had 'caressed' the car for an hour or so!! pm saw intensely blue sky & light winds - frost melting off all sunlit surfaces.

*Tweenty-umteenth wedding anniversary - similar weather to 'the great day' as I recall.

Tuesday 30th: much milder here in sunny SW Pembs - light SW breeze, no frost left from yesterday, even deeply shadowed borders have defrosted. Broken cloud throughout daytime, building & closing over toward nightfall.

I got lucky last night...

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 15:25

I've had two of those lightweight 'seedtray' shelters utterly destroyed: (plastic cover torn to shreds, frame sections 'disassembled') in recent gales. No, I'm not on a windy SW-facing clifftop - but slap in the middle of PD town; mid-terrace and as 'sheltered' as one could imagine!! Still, mustn't grumble! It's so mild here the question of GH heating doesn't arise. Best wishes for 2015/6 growing season to all forkers!!


Posted: 19/12/2014 at 19:08

I must confess to a long-term relationship with Nora wellies - it started when I moved to wet West Pembrokeshire in 1976. My role as tutor was dominated by fieldwork sessions involving 4-5 days per week working on either seaweedy seashores and/ or jumping in & out of rivers AND driving minibuses for the student groups. It would have been a quick (and expensive death) to my decent leather walking boots if subjected to immersion in seawater, so Noras were recommended by a neighbourly farmer friend. I sped to the nearby Farmers' Cooperative & bought two pairs, (one to wear and one to dry out). Result!! Those first boots* cost about £5 each pair and lasted until I wore the soles to 'racing slick' condition - over a 12 year period!

*Their replacements were a bit more expensive, but lasted far longer as my work as a walk leader for the National Park needed walking boots far more frequently than wellies.

Shrub ID

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 20:27

How nice it is that we have so many willing 'assistant' gardeners that grant use free seedlings, either or growing on in more favoured locations, or being left to grow within a diverse hedgeline??? "Good on them", I say. I'm quite willing to share the annual berry feast with them (& their continental cousins)!!

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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