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David Matthews2

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This Strange and Wonerful Weather System

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 20:38

Well described, Mike. I really enjoyed the 'walkaround' in your spring garden! So glad that you mentioned the birdsong - such a feature of spring mornings right now in West Wales (as elsewhere). Hope the slight 'wobble' in your personal health balance readjusts quickly.

Repositioning a Hebe

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 20:13

Meomye: I have found that giving the hebe a 'haircut' at the time of moving helps reduce the shock effect. [The cuttings get bobbed in along the side of the planting hole and can act as a safeguard should disaster strike the main subject]. (What I call 'belt & braces' gardening). [In the past I've treated Wiri Charm in this manner and it's always responded well, so far].

Favourite vegetable to grow?

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 20:06

Hi Zoomer, a fair point. Maybe I did interpret the posed question rather liberally? But subtly I left out garlic, wild garlic (also know as ramsomes, hence Ramsey island in Pembs = 'wild garlic island') and maybe oe or two others....

Favourite vegetable to grow?

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 19:41

Like Dove, I'd have to vote for a whole 'family' of vegetables - but I say "Let's hear it for ONIONS!" : shallots (round and long 'uns), spring onions, sets, Cibou, Chives, Welsh onions, everlasting and annual too! Such a versatile group and tasty too boot!

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:02

Thanks, Rosie. Have received address via pm  -will parcel later this week: I have one or two friends locally wanting to contribute 'anomalously' !!

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 21:16

I too have packets of seeds which I'm willing to donate. Just give me the address for posting on. Rooted cuttings of hydrangea, dogwood and small bay also available as/ when/ where required. **pms not working too well for me at present, though??

How long do bulbs take to sprout?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 21:28

That reminds me; I've a big parcel of lily bulbs (arrived in the post last week). Must get them sorted and into their flowering troughs and buckets - which I tow around the patios as they come into bloom, then 'retiring' them to shadier parts of the garden as they enter 'eclipse' after flowering.

Weed seedling web page

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 21:22

Thanks, Peanuts - very timely, especially as all the 'little perishers' are just getting going again!!

North facing wall.

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 21:06

I strongly recommend Jasmine spp as an easily trained 'filler' - horizontal wires spaced 12" apart will help you keep it under control. I transferred an established plant onto a similar wall last spring and it's now romping all over the wires I placed there BEFORE the move.


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 21:13

Called in at local LIDL store (after visit to Wilco's - just opposite!): good range of composts, seeds, toools etc BUT were already sold out of extending loppers by 12 noon!! * I asked a staff member to check but apparently only one pack reached the store. May be able to locate at one or other of their stores elswhere in county, but that involves extra mileage, bridge tolls, parking charges etc etc!!

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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