David Matthews2

Latest posts by David Matthews2

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.....??].

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 20:19

I was forced into 'bonsai-ing' my 8' hardy fuchsia "Lady Boothby" after Storm Imogen paid a call! Still in full leaf & with new blooms forming, such a shame really. However plus-side is that Mrs M now has deep red vase of cuttings material which will hardly open for Valentine's Day, but will certainly be opened up in time for our joint birthday on March 4th!! Have a Hippostraea coming into bud (two stems), so with 'storm orphan' daffodils from the garden the place is looking quite cosily decorated!!!

Other outdoor action was to prepare ground for Broad Beans, using Wilco CM pellets. Seed is started in troughs in unheated greenhouse as defence against pigeons, slugs, cats & jackdaws!!

Fuschia: "Lady Boothby"





CM Pellets

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 20:05

Only outdoor action was to prepare ground for Broad Beans, using Wilco CM pellets. Seed is started in troughs in unheated greenhouse as defence against pigeons, slugs, cats & jackdaws!!

Hello fellow gardeners :)

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 19:07

Hello/ Croeso, THG: welcome back! * Whereabouts are you gardening? 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 20:55

Re-covered frame over one of my (smaller) raised beds after Storm Imogen 'visited' coastal Pembrokeshire. Topped up compost over first new shoots of 'bucketed' potatoes inside greenhouse. *[Air temp inside gh 20c in full sun early pm, BUT 5c minimum recorded over past week though!!].

Used Tea Bags

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 21:15

Hola/ Croeso Androo!! As Steve 309 mentions, the pyramidal teabags survive intact through several composting cycles with me too! Standard paper bags are 'no problemo'. Admiring your 'cage' structure - it should stop most fruit predators & allow for good pollination/ light & airflow. [btw: ?where in Spain are you?].

Camera Talk

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 21:00

Thankyou both, Fairygirl & Lesley: I'm drooling over the mountain pic even more than the Squ. Nutkin & Mr Bumble/ knapweed shots - well spotted, both of you!

*I'm rather like DavidK; simple cropping & 'tidying' where necessary, but avoid overPShopping et al like the plagues that they represent. Rant over...

 More 'Undergardening Crew' - youth wing ready for compost rotovation duties!!


Camera Talk

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 18:11

 Here's a recent shot of one of my 'under gardeners' reporting for slug erradication duty! *She was a late 2015 nestling & has 'adopted' my back shrubbery as her favourite 'scruffling' area!  Currently checking out the overwintered windowboxes for any tasty morsels....

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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