David Matthews2

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Dark coloured Tomato with smoky flavour

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 21:02

Note to Pete8: You might also consider  heritage tomato "Indigo Apple" for 2017 season - I'm growing several this year in a tiny unheated greehouse: VERY dark in colour - all the way through the fruit & to my mind 'quite smokey' in flavour. [fruit is 4" diameter]

When fully ripened the upper surface is almost black, whilst the underside is deep scarlet/crimson!! Give it a whirl?? [Btw: I have saved a few ripened seeds on tissue - pm me with your address & I'll send 'em over to you?].

Last edited: 31 August 2016 21:06:13

Clematis "Freckles" in flower so early??

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 19:54

Thanks for your comments AYM, DoveFA & RichardH: I've had the plant for about 5 years now - I just leave it alone & it seems happy to 'romp' around the shady side of the yard using several very large potted shrubs for support - myrtle, griselinia, phormium, azalea, verbena etc...Btw: I've noticed that the similarly located Jasmine is also beginning to flower for the second time this year (spring to early summer is more usual, I believe??).

Clematis "Freckles" in flower so early??

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 21:00

This plant is in a fairly sheltered courtyard, so it is spared the worst of any wild weather. [Snails obviously like the favourable conditions too!].

Camera Talk

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 21:27

For GD & other lovers of 'skyscapes: Here's a sky for you, plus the lake scenery that goes with it in Fuschl am See, Salzkammergut, Austria.

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:


See original post

 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.

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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Last Post: 16/12/2016 at 17:54

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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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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