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David Matthews2

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Whats in my Keyhole!

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 20:57

Last late-summer (mid September) I noticed several of the window box fuchsias had neat circular portions of leaf removed. Over the next several days I had multiple visits from the same Leaf-cutter Bee; working steadily and ferrying its cargo away to its nest site (it always flew away in the same direction over the rooftops!). No photos, but there's always this year?

Wind damaged Buddlea

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:56

Thanks, Fishy: good luck with your 'bonsaied' buddlea! [plenty of cuttings materials there, no doubt!]. The multi-caned outdoor tomatoes have fared rather better than my italicised single cordons.

Wind damaged Buddlea

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:18

Today's strong winds have 'beheaded' some of the larger hydrangea 'mopheads' and toppled the taller runner & climbing French bean obelisks. By tying the outdoor tomatoes to each other (& nearby trees!) they are at lest no worse than 30 degrees off vertical! I'll settle for that at the present.

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:47

Thanks, Bob, for prompt reply: I'll give them a go in a raised bed that I can 'cover' if the weather deteriorates. Maybe they'll get to the stage of resembling Spring Onions?? (-before Autumn comes??).

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 18:49

 Could these growths be the embryonic 'pips' that could form new onions if planted in fresh soil?

Whats happening?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 17:56

The forecast was spot on for SW Wales: the heavy rain came through o/n Sat/Sun & mostly today you need TWO pegs in your hat anywhere exposed to the near-gale NW wind + gorgeous wall-to-wall blue skies! Toasty inside the greenhouses!! circa 18C outside air temp. Enjoy whatever comes your way!!

wasp residue on damsons

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 21:05

Fidget: That 'cheesey' preparation sounds yummy! I'm just off to inspect the damsons at my 'home away from home' in the Midlands - Plum and damson fruit ripening is generally a little later up there, I find.

Our Silent Fliers.

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:48

Species numbers still fairly low here in inner-urban coastal Pembs: Red Admiral, Peacock, Small & Large Whites, smallish blue, plus Speckled Wood in latest warm/sunny spell. Tiger Moth and Maybugs still fairly unusual sightings for me.

Horticultural Films

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 21:22

Try these for size:

TV programmes: Carnation Street, The Old Grey Thistle Test [with good old Bob!], Dicksonia of Dock (leaf) Green, What's My Lime? Top of the Poppies, Pick of the Crops.

Films: For a Fuchsia Dollars More, The Grape Escape, Lord of the Flies [pick any colour that fits: green, black etc...], Up the Juncus.

Tiny Holes in My Spuds

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 19:40

My 'Rocket' earlies have been 'mined' by slugs, too! I'm just about to uplift my 'Osprey' 2nd earlies - I'm half expecting similar damage as the local slug population is pretty high, especially after a very mild, wet wintertime & early spring. Maybe the only way is with 'resistant' species AND nematode treatments next season?

Discussions started by David Matthews2

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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