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David Matthews2

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Camera Corner

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 19:40

Thanks for your kind remarks, Fairygirl & DavidK, Here's another 'snap' from yesterday's mini-outing to my soggy garden!

 This plant, although a near neighbour of the deep-purple/ plum H pictured yesterday, is in a slightly less favoured position and is generally a week or two behind in its flowering cycle. I love them all and only wish I had scope for more cultivars. *All were bought at the same time about five years ago; sadly their name tags all long gone, but I think the were in the "Ellen" stable?

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 19:12

 Hi Forester2, Photo shows the same border last July. 'Fraid I can't name the hebe - maybe a 'fellow forker' will oblige? *I have six or seven bushes of this hebe dotted around the borders - it grows quite quickly & rapidly overtops the hydrangeas if I don't 'top' it fairly severely!

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 19:50

 Thanks Dove & FairyG, I'm trying to 'diversify' a vey shaded border with a 2 metre limestone wall due south !! The laurels & bay are doing quite well, but I'm looking to infill with more variety of form colour & hopefully a few tasty berries for my birdy friends!! Any recommendations for other subjects that would blend and prosper would be welcome?

Camera Corner

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 19:31

 Hi DavidK & all Forkers! Something is stirring (at last) in my waterlogged garden - the sun came out for ten minutes so I dashed out with my camera to 'snap' this welcome sight. I treat my H plants to the most sheltered & sunniest spot in the borders & they generally repay each early spring! Roll on a few more sunny spells & drier conditions and maybe a few more H will come into bloom.

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 19:11

Many, many thanks to Dove & Fairygirl! Delighted by your prompt responses & equally knowledgeable input - the good folk at the GC couldn't offer any firm ideas as the label had blown away in recent gales; so this poor nameless orphan needed 'rescuing' from the Dregs Bench (as I call it). (along with a named Escallonia, I had the two for a fiver!!) *My garden soil is based on red marl/ siltstone, so I reckon they'll live their lives as pot subjects on my patio.

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 17:36

 Plant is currently 20cm x 20cm, has just been repotted into 6" plastic pot (temp) - ultimately I'll put it into a hefty terracotta. I'd like to know if it requires any special compost, presently rather gritty loam was used. Thanks in advance for ever-helpful advice.

Noob from Lincolnshire

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 19:05

Hi Pignut, A hearty "Welcome" from an honorary West Walian (nearly 40 years residency for qualification nearly completed). I do hope you get the 'Green Light' on purchase and your restoration project soon! With lots of (?willing) helpers it could be a lot of fun - and well worthwhile educationally. [I retired from environmental teaching and general landscape interpretation in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park fairly recently]. Be sure to take LOTS of photos and keep a log of the successive stages of the development - could become a 'family heirloom' of the future...!


Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 21:19

Quite windy but at least it was dry today here in coastal SW Wales. However the forecast is for exceptional amounts of rain, accompanied by strong winds tomorrow and Monday. Roll on Spring! (at least then there'll be a chance of longer daylight length and slightly higher temperatures).

cold frame wood or brick

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 20:41

Hi Rich, I'd endorse Nutc's comment but also suggest that you might consider a third option whereby you have a foundation course of bricks, topped off by the wooden framework - thus the susceptible wood is raised away from direct contact with the underlying soil? *You might also line the frame with sheets of rigid polystyrene foam, overlapping in the corners and rising to just under the top edges of framework? **Builders and shopfitters often have sizeable 'offcuts' which I'm sure would oblige you if approached in a friendly, enquiring manner? Do give us a look at the finished item.... 

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 20:28

I'd just started my count by 15 mins when the ndn decided to erect an anemometer and other meteorological paraphinalia on one of his washing line support poles...! By the time he'd finished the hour was nearly up AND the forecast rain squalls were becoming more aggressive. I'll just have to try again tomorrow (weather permitting), so have topped-up all feeders at dusk today and pre-baited for action on all fronts surrounding my greenhouse/ hide! tomorrow morning! [Forecast is for heavy continuous rain & strong westerly winds all day. Ugh!!]

Discussions started by David Matthews2

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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