David Matthews2

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Sparrows on a Hot Tin (Conservatory ) Roof

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 20:41

Although we're in the middle of town, we're still quite close to the estuary - that would explain why a crafty jackdaw might have helped itself to a closed cockle shell and was hammering it in the gutter near my bedroom window around 05.30 this morning! The bird flew off as I opened the curtain - but could be seen continuing his task atop a neighbouring chimney when I reached and opened a velux skylight in the attic bedroom!!

Lost garden tools

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 21:44

I occasionally garden at my parental home over 180 miles from my normal 'scene': this gives me the opportunity to loose/ find/ fail to find various tools, large & small in two different locations with a total of 3 greenhouses and 3 sheds/ garages - each offering innumerable hideyholes for the wayward tools to roost in!! Is there any hope for me??

early tatties

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 21:26

My 'earliest earlies' had a cossetted life in bags and big buckets in an unheated greenhouse with various start dates from 3/3/14 - 4/4/14: "Rocket" and "Premiere" have already been sampled and are yielding nice clean 'hens egg - lemon-sized' tubers. Both have a lovely taste, though I do have to watch out for 'slacking' in the boiling water if not monitored closely.

Something eating potato plants

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 21:15

I too can attest to the little b+++++'s munching on my potato haulm - the more adventurous ones climb up to the fresh top growth, whereas the sly ones prefer to 'fell' a foot or so and chomp away nearer to ground level! GRRH!!!

Shy butts

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 20:36

My water butts are largely 'hidden' behind the 5' high potato haulm on Pink Fir Apple tubers sown quite late this spring! Otherwise a hardy shrub like lilac helps as the foliage spreads quite freely.

Pumpkin Magic

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 21:42

Well done, Caral (& the boys): more staking would help steer the plant toward the sunlight. Bear in mind that the fruits (might) eventually be quite heavy & if still well off the ground will need specific support...? spare staging/ strong crates (inverted)??

slugs, slugs and more slugs

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 20:59


 Just spotted this 'special' beer - it's even called Brain's SA = 'Slug Attack' - I'll give it a try over the next few days and report results back to the forum!

Cane tops

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 20:48

In the past I've used a wide variety of 'cane toppers': GC pukka green and yellow rubber 'doofahs', yoghurt pots, Smartie tubes, small soft drink and mineral water bottles, small flower pots, odd socks, even redundant babies drinker beakers and rattles - these last have the added effect of bird scarers! [enclosed dried peas/ rice need replacing periodically, though!].


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 20:27


 This is the only 'drumstick' that has appeared in my garden so far this year - I normally have 20-30 spikes per annum, so perhaps it's still rather early?

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 20:19


 One bloom in a relatively sheltered corner of my windswept garden!

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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