David Matthews2

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"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??!!

Top 3 plants

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 19:56

My current 'favs' have to be headed by Clematis "Freckles" - it's just coming into flower ready for winter! Early season here is dominated by the heleborines that nestle around the sunny sidewall of the greenhouse, whilst mid - late season sees the multi-headed asiatic lilies and the big blousy 'mophead' hydrangeas coming to the fore.

Dahlias going free!

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 19:14

Hi Rosie31: I'd love to take you up on an extremely kind offer of dahlia tubers. Snag is I'm in far SW Pembs and rarely touch SE Wales...(Lyn suggests using 2nd class parcel post, so I'd be happy to cover expected p&p at £2.80), [up to 2kg weight]. I'll pm you my details as bona fides and send my remittance when you respond? Hope this is possible.

Pumpkin varieties

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 16:34

Chicky: No problem - I'll scout the shelves for 'new stock' seeds of MrF's 'Charmant' and see how we get on! [Failure isn't an option from me either; there are two visiting granddaughters who also love carving our 'own grown' pumpkins].

Discussions started by David Matthews2

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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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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