David Matthews2

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Moth, myth or mithuss?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 21:19

Yep, Welshonion - my 'guest' obviously likes a more balanced diet with extra 'greens' included!! [ note the frass in the pic - that looks more like digested leaf material]. *The snails & slugs are the only ones I've caught 'sampling' the tomatoes whilst they're still green. 

Moth, myth or mithuss?

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 21:30

At least one egg must have been laid by the adult as this fella is gradually reducing the foliage on the tomato plants...

I think he'll have his work cut out to have any real effect, so maybe we'll leave him be & look out for his pupa in the soil when I 'clear out' at the end of the season?


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:00
Lantana says:


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 Sadly that clematis is no more - it just decided not to grow this season. No disturbance or obvious reason 'cos its 'climbing frame' tree is still there (holly) & doing well. I'll just have to find a replacement [?maybe in Homebase or similar outlet...].

An extra dose of 'plush comfort', especially for you duvet lovers!!


Posted: 23/08/2016 at 19:37

You are right about the Tiger Beetle, Pansyface - they are fairly common (by mid-summer) in sub-Alpine Austria. We meet them most year's during our annual visit to Salzkammergut.

Something a bit nearer home this time - busy bumble having a 'reheat' during early morning on my white clematis (the plant climbs 20' up a holly tree).


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 21:30

This little fella's all got up in his Sunday best!! [just outside a disco too!!].

feeding the birds

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 20:24

This is a representative 'flight' of Team Spuggie at their favourite feedingpost outside my kitchen. On times we have up to a dozen adults & youngsters; dashing in & out of the foliage (just out of camera) - taking it in turns to cling to the feeder or the roughcast wall to wait their turn! *Principal feedstuff is whole peanuts with a relatively fine mesh - I believe this is key as the birds cannot obtain whole nuts, only fragments. Two similar feeders are maintained throughout the summer at widely-spaced locations near shrubbery elswhere in the mid-terrace garden.

Mystery Moth in garden foliage

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 21:09

Thanks for your 'unanimous' responses, Ladybird4, Nutcutlet & Sheps!! Terrific response times!!, (as ever). *Yes, I did use flash when I went indoors - else the fluorescent overhead would have given a very different rendition of the kitchen wall as background (primrose, I think!). [Note to self: full flash can be a bit overpowering at close quarters for detailed insect/ flower photography].

Mystery Moth in garden foliage

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 20:07

I moved it out of the foliage & it settled quite naturally into this 'open' position: actual size about 3cm across. (note swept back antennae - is this usual?).

Any ideas as to species? [I'm in coastal SW Wales].

What should "Indigo Apple" tomatoes look like??

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 19:28

Thank for your prompt responses, Pete8 & Pansyface: I bought 3" potted seedling/ 8" plants from Wyevale Garden Centre in Carmarthen. *The plantlets were a trifle 'leggy' (half-price reduced), but I potted them on immediately - so they romped away into tallish, healthy-looking plants before going into deep earth beds in my greenhouse. The fruits are 'clean' but as I was concerned about blight, I have only watered into sunken 4 pint milk containers upended (minus bottoms!). *Tasting notes will follow as I've yet to have any 'samples' deemed ripe enough!

BTW: I bought "Artisan Pink" plants at the same time - they have yet to produce any ripened fruits...??

**Have now read the reviews in the link offered, Pansyface: seems folk either love 'em or can't abide!! Await tasting with added interest...!!

What should "Indigo Apple" tomatoes look like??

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 20:45

Hopefully the photos will illustrate my point: are these 'ok' or just the weirdness of the summer growing season being reflected in the fruits in my tiny unheated greenhouse??

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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Clematis "Freckles" in flower so early??

Long-established plant coming into flower already - normally 'winter' flowering type.  
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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

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Update photos of previously posted 'deluxe' insect accommodation in Fuschl, Salzkammergut, Austria. 
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Moth, myth or mithuss?

Recent visitor to my greenhouse 
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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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Small evergreen shrub withsharply-pointed glossy leaves and white 'malteser-sized' bobbles supported on short stems. 
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Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Planting and discussing spring bulbs with my grand-daughters prompted an ad hoc craft session with them the playroom 
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Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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