David Matthews2

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Camera Talk

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 20:19

Thanks, Fairygirl. I'd had to wait for a hefty thunderstorm to clear & I fancy the 'dragon' flew off during the confusion!! Your glen & Pentlands wildlife sound quite magical, btw.

These two characters were quite happy to pose for my camera, though I doubt their genealogy??

Back to reality for my final offering today.

Last edited: 17 July 2016 20:21:24

Camera Talk

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 19:45

This one was more 'lively', but he rested just long enough for a snapshot from 3 metres away!

Camera Talk

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 19:41

I missed seeing the actual 'dragon', but this is the embryonic shell he/ she/ it left behind!

Love the recent wildlife pics - magnificent captures, my earnest/ envious congrats to one & all!!

Insect Hotels in Austria (revisited)

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 19:04

The annual mid-summer visit to my favourite Austrian waterhole offered an opportunity to revisit the Ruming Mill (near Fuschl am See) 'insect hotel' and see just "who's at home" this summer...

*The first frame is a 'ringer' that, frankly, is not what it's all about! - [the commercially inspired answer perhaps???].

The more traditional structure has various cells/ compartments that seem to be dominated by several lone Mason Bee cells  (partially & fully waxed in). Spiders and earwigs find a home in the corners, nooks & crannies. The ants' nest seen last year (June 2015) has now 'moved on' - pehaps they didn't get on with their close neighbours??!!

Slugs and snails getting smaller

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 20:30

On a recent visit to my favourite part of Austria, I noticed some unusually LARGE snails!!

Next picture shows one alongside a 'little owl' for size comparison....

As a result of their strangely nutritious diet, the local ducks have grown to truly HUGE proportions.....

*These two specimens were peering at me over a 1.5 metre high hedge!!

Laugh, I nearly w*t myself!!!

What's Your Most Self-Indulgent Unnecessary "Toy?"

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 21:13

I love all my 'toys' to complete abstraction: many of them might be described as "p***Ographic" - especially as they can keep me happily amused/ occupied for hours, if not whole days on end, even weeks if the weather is right.....!!

Have you guessed what they all do yet???

Moth, myth or mithuss?

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 19:15

Thanks for your prompt responses, folks! Another 'first' for my garden. I will just have to guard my toms re: caterpillars (if/when they start flowering?! No eggs spotted on plants in gh, as yet!

Last edited: 20 June 2016 19:15:52

Moth, myth or mithuss?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 21:26

Can anyone put a name to this friendly character, spotted in the eves of my greenhouse the other evening? [over 2cm long, quite heavy-bodied] A near match in colour for my 'rufty-tufty' garden gloves!


Posted: 01/06/2016 at 20:09

Sadly I made a 'right botch' of my first attempt to register, hence when I succeeded I became DM2 - never have felt the need/ use of pseudonyms...

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 19:05

Note for Andy Leeds: sorry to disappoint you but the 'hole in the side of their heads' is wot they breathe through! Maybe the nematode treatment is working, but it all goes on internally....

Discussions started by David Matthews2

Urgently Looking for a Doll for indoor game!

Attached photo shows the nature of my genuine need as game is incomplete by 1 crucial piece!! 
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Last Post: 16/12/2016 at 17:54

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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