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David Matthews2

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Posted: 25/06/2014 at 19:44

Really very skinny on butterfly sightings here in coastal SW Wales - a few Whites 'skulking' around the pea foliage; prospecting for laying opportunities, no doubt?? Otherwise nice views of Speckled Wood Brown (on several days in full sunshine, woods nearby), also single Red Admiral AND THAT'S ALL, FOLKS!!

What is this plant?

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 21:36

The Phormium may be "Harlequin" or "Jester": the proper name escapes me...? Wiser heads may come up with a firmer answer for you, Big Mike. *The flower spikes can be quite impressive - be sure to take photos as they develop! [Beware: plant may wither after flowering - can be helped by giving a liquid feed into the soil, not on the foliage, though]. Enjoy!!

Composting green seed heads

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 21:40

Hi, DKD: Shredding the material prior to composting would definitely speed the process, and might help raise the temperature of the 'mix' somewhat? Getting enough'browns' to equate with the 'greens' in the pile can be a challenge at this time of the year: torn-up cardboard, newspaper will help swell the bulk.

greenhouse shelves

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 21:32

Hi Jody: I bought and fitted GH shelving after setting up earlier this year. Wilko sell a simple shelf kit which can be slotted into the uprights (uses cropped bolts). Rather limited in placement, but I was only looking to offer a small elevated area for seedlings to get max. daylight early in the growing season. 

My proposed book

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 21:24

More strength to your elbow/ typing finger(s), Mike! We all give (& take) advice so freely on this site that I feel your measured response and considered opinion is generally well worth attention. If you happen to need any aspect covered by a whole gamut of 'free-range' opinion, just pen a line to us all on the forum site and you're sure of at least five different answers in very short order!! In short: "Go for it!"

Norwegian Flax flowering for the first time

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 19:52

Hi MattyP: here in coastal SW Wales I've a NZ Flax in flower for the first time in 20+ years!! It's similar in stature to your own example pictured earlier. Enjoy!!

 *There are a total of four large spikes arising from the single 'stool' - it's tucked away in a shady, dampish corner between a garage (white painted West) and a 6' high stone wall immediately to the south. So you see that it's had a hard life so far & is thriving on total neglect!!


Growing Roses

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 18:50

Thanks for the ID of "Peace", BekkyH. I believe hat there is a "Pink Peace" in the collection too, but it wasn't in bloom when I was up there gardening last week. Hopefully I'll take some more photos (when the second bloom gets going) and try to 'map' out the various bed contents before they fade...Glad also that the old names stirred some fond memories for you, DavidK.

Growing Roses

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 21:51

So many wonderful images of gorgeous roses - my congratulations to all who have contributed to a truly beautiful thread, with such well-reasoned /seasoned knowledge to boot!! I have recently inherited a rose garden that dates to the late 1950's, with some rootstock that probably came from my great-grandfather's gardens of the early '20's and '30's. I attach some recent photos with the fervent hope that some more knowledgeable people (with good memories) may be able to put names to some of the roses featured:


 * I recall Dad mentioning Peace, Rose Gujard, ?Evelyn Cussons amongst many others that escape me now.

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??

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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