David Matthews2

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What is your weather like?

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 19:53

Blissfully blue sky & clear sunshine all day while 4pm. Cloud moving in from nw/n after 4.30pm. Chilly o/n expected...?

ID bird please

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 17:26

Blackcaps are often quite 'furtive' - they only visit with us when the weather is harsh and then sculk around the shrubbery, tidying up after the more 'outgoing' birds like sparrows, chaffinch & goldfinches.


Posted: 06/03/2016 at 16:46

I'll definitely count you in, Hazel - particularly as you've the same name as the elder of our two grand-daughters!


Posted: 05/03/2016 at 19:16

Hazel: The cake was a 're-imagined' Deliarised effort, similar to the Christmas one already featured/ EATEN!! All gone now, I'm afraid. We'll just have to make an even bigger one next time - so that there'll be enough left for worthy Forkers...? 


Posted: 05/03/2016 at 16:21

Thanks one & all for the later birthday wishes - we finally managed to blow out all 136 candles before the chocolate/ icing melted too much!


Posted: 04/03/2016 at 18:22

Thanks one & all for your kind birthday wishes: that cake looks yummy, Fairygirl!! [The number of candles is probably just about right - (for our combined age of 136!!)].


Posted: 04/03/2016 at 17:42

Today is the special "double birthday" of myself & MrsM (aka Grandad & Nanny Boo!): we tend to keep things pretty low key - until we get together with the rest of the family, then.....things 'let rip' with a vengeance!! Cake & chocolate will be consumed in modest quantities but booze is 'off' for the time being!!

Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 20:19

Hi Philippa: might you still have some spare tickets on offer, please?


Posted: 19/02/2016 at 18:15

 This 'gang' of sparrows live just next door to me and often spend quite some time clinging to the pebbledash surface of my house...They appear to be 'grazing' on the tiny shell and sandy grit particles within the render cement!! Have others noticed similar behaviour??


Posted: 15/02/2016 at 20:52

Compuadd: Might be worth putting a 'request' out on your local Freecycle site - you might strike lucky & save yourself a few quid?? [BTW: I did just that when 'restoring' an old g/house & needed lots of W clips - I clicked with about 2 dozen standard wire clips, (plus a dozen or so really heavy duty, ie with much thicker wire*).*If those are the gauge/ type you need, PM me with your address.....??].

Discussions started by David Matthews2

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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