David Matthews2

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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??

What's On Your Desk Top?

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 20:26

I tend to use 'dark sky' sunsets from my most recent holiday. They have the advantage of dark areas to left, right, top & bottom to 'store' the various desktop icons - without spoiling the overall image!! A happy reminder of pleasant days spent by my favourite Austrian lakeside resort, Fuschl am See, Salzkammergut.

Last edited: 30 July 2016 20:28:07

Camera Talk

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 20:37

Four recent shots from Fuschlsee lakeside walks, Salzkammergut.

Thanks for your previous kind comment, Sheps.

Camera Talk

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 20:11

Just love your green beetle, Sheps: here's one I 'snapped' whilst in Salzkammergut, Austria.....

He & I were wandering around the lakeside village of Strobl on Wolfgangsee.

Camera Talk

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 20:19

Thanks, Fairygirl. I'd had to wait for a hefty thunderstorm to clear & I fancy the 'dragon' flew off during the confusion!! Your glen & Pentlands wildlife sound quite magical, btw.

These two characters were quite happy to pose for my camera, though I doubt their genealogy??

Back to reality for my final offering today.

Last edited: 17 July 2016 20:21:24

Camera Talk

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 19:45

This one was more 'lively', but he rested just long enough for a snapshot from 3 metres away!

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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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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