David Matthews2

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what plants will you use from the garden as Christmas decoration?

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 18:51

Sorry to startle you, Pansyface: "dried papier mache robins" is what I had in mind!! [It must have lost something in translation - did you realise that my first language is Gibberish??].

what plants will you use from the garden as Christmas decoration?

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 16:40

 Principally bay, (woven into a dogwood plaited base), plus dried (glycerine treatment) hydrangea heads. The dried robins are hardy perennials filched off the main "decco box" surpus. Felted stockings made by MrsM when our little boy was six - now going on 38!! - there's value, eh??

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 16:28

Thanks for the 'adjustments', Frumpy: gremlins seem to be interfering with my feeds recently!!


"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 18:39

 This (sadly sideways) tree is our 'Perestroika' or 'Friendship' tree; gifted to our family by folk I met during an exchange town-twinning visit to Uman in the Ukraine [as it then was part of USSR] back in 1982!! It lives in a shoebox & descends from the attic once we reach the late-teens (or early twenties) of December. *Last year it was decorated by our two young granddaughters, so that will become a family 'tradition' in due course this year aswell. [btw:The fairy's name is Doris].

 This is our 'main tree' (again sadly sideways). It too has a history as I 'rescued' it from an 'end-of-lease' shop clearance skip in Pembroke over 25 years ago!! It stands over 6' tall & gets redecorated each year when it emerges from its binbag shroud in the attic. *The single star goes up first of all on Advent Sunday, but the two trees follow later on in mid - late December.

New visitor to my bird feeders

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 19:28

"Chapeau", Mr/s Berghill! Brilliant shots.

a funny little corner

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 21:36

Perhaps OP could strew thistle or teasel seeds over the area until the suggested holly, pyracantha etc come to fruition? The local goldfinches would love the resultant seedheads if the plants made it though the 'watering' season??

Hellebore seedlings in winter

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 16:12

True words, Dove: the little b***s seem to take a delight in molesting my favourite plants, wherever I hide them! *Winter weather here in coastal SW Wales is soo mild, they seem to be hungry all year and never 'go to earth' as they ought! Grrrrh!

Hellebore seedlings in winter

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 16:43

Like Tetley, I have 'naturalised' seedlings at the edge of my main hellebore bed: plan is to leave them 'while spring & 'tiffle' around their roots as I tidy the bed at flowering time (anytime soonish late Dec - Jan 2016  with us). *The bigger seedlings might get their own 6" pot, else 3 titchy ones in ditto to grow on and make a separate bed late spring....? working plan with minimal disturbance, I hope??

Clematis Coming of Age

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 15:59

All the better for your ample tlc! Enjoy!!

Slugs and snails getting smaller

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 21:17




 Just to show that Continental Europe has a few 'species' we can well do without in our cloistered "insular" gardens! Be afraid, be very afraid: what if they should ever get organised and invade??!!

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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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Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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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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Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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