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David Matthews2

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Posted: 16/12/2014 at 19:32

All my hellebores got a severe 'haircut' last month, then a thickish mulch of about 6" home-made compost..should rot / settle dw to about 2" by early spring, say Jan 2nd here in SW coastal Pembs. Then I await those gorgeous early-season blooms!!

According to Pidge the Toad we're in for a white Christmas

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 19:48

Here in below snow-level SW Pembs, we have a number of informal weather indicators: The ducks on the millpond around the castle in Pembroke generally float on the water's surface. If their progress toward the proffered foodstuffs seems to be impeded, they're probably frozen solid into the ice!

  Being coastal, we have the benefit of copious supplies of variously shaped / coloured seaweeds nearby- if it's flying past the the windows below head height, it's a bit windy - above head high, it's a full gale and probably best to carry a spare beanie hat in your pocket for when the first one blows away.

Rain can generally be expected, sooner or later - but almost universally 5 minutes before you've gotten all the washing in off the line! 

The sun is there, most days around 93,000,000 miles away.

The 'fine detail' of daily existence we make up as we go along; but most folk who've been here longer than a 12-month place more credence on the 'met forecasts' off Irish radio, as the London-oriented 'beeb' forecasts aren't all that pertinent!


Black Friday bargains

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 20:39

Response to Cangran.. & Topbird: may I echo your appreciations for this forum - such a breadth of experience and knowledge 'on tap'. I've gained enormously and love the informality of the 'drop-in chat atmos' that develops within the threads...!!

Talkback: Cooking green tomatoes

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 20:02

Thanks for the 'terrifying tips', EDD: my assistant & I jammed the toms this morning without too much trouble. The resultant 'goo' has the working title of "5G (NT)" - this translates as "Grandad's Ghastly Green Ghoulish Goo (non toxic)" - the girls will probably love its olive green colour and the floating 'bits' are reminiscent of slugs, spiders and bats' teeth (pips). [my cautious pre-tasting reveals a surprisingly sweet, vaguely tomatoey flavour, with near treacle viscosity!]. Should be a winner??? 

Talkback: Cooking green tomatoes

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 19:45

I brought the very last 3lb of green tomatoes from my greenhouses today: currently they're steeping in sugar, ready for 'jamming' tomorrow. * I'm hoping for a really gungy-looking green jam for next year's Hallowe'en teatime treats for my two granddaughters (9.5 & 5.5 yo by then) - I'm sure to come up with a suitably ghastly name for it by then! ?? any suggestions????

Black Friday bargains

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 19:32

Thanks for your reciprocated wishes, ladies. I've had the cards for over 20 years*; now mounted and displayed in my hallway / porch. I believe that they date from the mid- Victorian era, but I can't establish a firm age for them. *[a quixotic 'junk shop' purchase from waaaay back when they cost only a few pence - I've seen similar at between £5- £10 but they were modern reprints, not original cards with messages on the back!].

Black Friday bargains

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 20:36

Especially for topbird and Fairygirl & all the other lovely people I've 'met' on this forum over the last 2+ years....

 Wishing you all that you would wish for yourselves.

Christmas Door Garland/Wreath

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 19:54

Great to see all your lovely efforts - gorgeous garlands, swags, wreaths etc, and such a wide range of 'creative' approaches using home-grown and foraged materials!

*I feel the creative juices begining to stir; so I might just do the basic 'plaiting' with hazel & dogwood, palm and phormium this weekend....

Christmas Door Garland/Wreath

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 17:51

 LesleyK & SueP; I've grown some red dogwood this year , plus the 'annual' crop of hazel, so I'm musing on a somewhat more modest wreath. I'll still have plenty of Bay wands to weave in - gorgeous when it gets warmth from the radiators in the hallway! *I don't use holly, even though mine have virtually prickle-less leaves - they dry out too quickly & tend to disintegrate long before 12th Night! * I delay making the wreath until about late 'teens, early 'twenties of December, 'cos I prefer an intensive Festive Season rather than a overlong, drawn out trudge from late October [post Hallowe'en], that the commercial world tries & tries to foist on weaker-willed members of society!!!

*I'll post this year's efforts in due course.....

Christmas Door Garland/Wreath

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 17:00

 Here's one I made earlier - last Christmas, in fact. Base is plaited Phormium & palm fronds, plus grape vine and hazel 'wands' woven in between. Greenery is principally Bay, plus Hydrangea heads after drying in the garage since early October/ November. The only 'imports' were the robins - scrumped from the Xmas tree decorations box. Great fun, & only took 2 days to manufacture! [Yes, I am retired, so time is not at a premium!!].

Hope you have enough time & home-found materials to be able to fabricate your own personal wreath. 

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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