David Matthews2

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Bumble bee but what's the flower?

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 20:24

Too true, DyersEnd: I'm currently giving the thrushes, blackbirds, starlings etc the run of my berry bushes/ trees - but I think I'd better 'bag' a few of the branches with nice clusters on so that they don't get 'sampled' by the birds! * I construct several 'natural' wreaths for doorways & porches, so I need quite a plentiful supply once I get going!


Stanley has a mate!!

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 18:25

What marvellous deer studies! Love the soapstone statuette, too! My tiny mid-town mid-terrace garden would never accommodate anything as large, but I'm on the lookout for modestly-priced terracotta tortoises or non-vegetarian rabbits!!  

What's in your bag?

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 18:16

Hi Nora, welcome to the forum: re bought-in compost - I've encountered all the usual 'stuff': wood chippings, string, plastic strip (mostly blue!), bits of bottle glass and a tidy range of pebbles. *As a professional geologist, I can readily identify most granites, quartz and sandstones, at least to 'region of origin'. Sadly no sizeable nuggets of gold, silver or diamond-bearing ore as yet, but I live in hope!!

Bumble bee but what's the flower?

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 17:54

Sadly  I missed photographing the bumble bee - but all this week a fine Mr Bumble has been visiting each of the clematis "Freckles" flowerheads in turn!! Great stuff for mid-December!!


Posted: 16/12/2015 at 17:12

Many thanks for your (multiple) kind comments on the "Deliarised" cake imaged earlier. Sadly the 2015 edition did not rise in the baking as Mrs M had expected it to - it was declared a 'disaster', would not have kept & had to be consumed immediately - with single cream/ custard just like Christmas pudding!! *It's replacement has now been maturing for a month & will be decorated by myself on Christmas Day afternoon. **I'll take photos & post to forum (before the ravening hordes descend!!) 

tastiest cherry tomatoes to grow recommendations?

Posted: 15/12/2015 at 20:08

Revisiting the "Cherry Toms" thread: although a big fan of Gardeners' Delight, I'm also rather taken by Cherry Belle and, more recently by Chocolate Cherry. Good results on all three varieties when grown indoors, indifferent outdoors though.


Posted: 15/12/2015 at 20:00

Dove: I'm often called "Dave" -'fact is I prefer it - when I'm called "David" by people who know me well, I KNOW I'm in big TROUBLE!! [esp by Mrs M....]. lol


Posted: 15/12/2015 at 19:35

Here's something seasonal for Dove & all you 'cake-fancying' gardeners to get the juices flowing...

 Btw: It's based on an original idea from the "Sainted Delia" - I've been improving my 'decco' skills over the 20+++ years we've been working on 'em!! Enjoy!! [So good, it rarely survives into New Year!!].


Posted: 14/12/2015 at 19:21

Well "Hello there!" BellaC & Pompeyboy: I'm sure you'll both settle in here quite quickly - lots of folk who are mad keen to share how they're 'getting on' with their gardens & ever happy to id bushes, buds, bugs etc and to discuss the multiple trials & tribulations that often beset us as diverse gardeners. Not to mention the partying & cake eating that goes on when no-ones watching......I hope you enjoy the ride!!

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 07/12/2015 at 19:20

Very nice effect, Frumpy: like yours, my 'main tree' divides into two for storage - but when it's bedecked & lit you can't see the join! (even in a well-lit room).

Discussions started by David Matthews2

Moth, myth or mithuss?

Recent visitor to my greenhouse 
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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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What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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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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