David Matthews2

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Posted: 16/12/2015 at 17:12

Many thanks for your (multiple) kind comments on the "Deliarised" cake imaged earlier. Sadly the 2015 edition did not rise in the baking as Mrs M had expected it to - it was declared a 'disaster', would not have kept & had to be consumed immediately - with single cream/ custard just like Christmas pudding!! *It's replacement has now been maturing for a month & will be decorated by myself on Christmas Day afternoon. **I'll take photos & post to forum (before the ravening hordes descend!!) 

tastiest cherry tomatoes to grow recommendations?

Posted: 15/12/2015 at 20:08

Revisiting the "Cherry Toms" thread: although a big fan of Gardeners' Delight, I'm also rather taken by Cherry Belle and, more recently by Chocolate Cherry. Good results on all three varieties when grown indoors, indifferent outdoors though.


Posted: 15/12/2015 at 20:00

Dove: I'm often called "Dave" -'fact is I prefer it - when I'm called "David" by people who know me well, I KNOW I'm in big TROUBLE!! [esp by Mrs M....]. lol


Posted: 15/12/2015 at 19:35

Here's something seasonal for Dove & all you 'cake-fancying' gardeners to get the juices flowing...

 Btw: It's based on an original idea from the "Sainted Delia" - I've been improving my 'decco' skills over the 20+++ years we've been working on 'em!! Enjoy!! [So good, it rarely survives into New Year!!].


Posted: 14/12/2015 at 19:21

Well "Hello there!" BellaC & Pompeyboy: I'm sure you'll both settle in here quite quickly - lots of folk who are mad keen to share how they're 'getting on' with their gardens & ever happy to id bushes, buds, bugs etc and to discuss the multiple trials & tribulations that often beset us as diverse gardeners. Not to mention the partying & cake eating that goes on when no-ones watching......I hope you enjoy the ride!!

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 07/12/2015 at 19:20

Very nice effect, Frumpy: like yours, my 'main tree' divides into two for storage - but when it's bedecked & lit you can't see the join! (even in a well-lit room).

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.

Discussions started by David Matthews2

Insect Hotels in Austria (revisited)

Update photos of previously posted 'deluxe' insect accommodation in Fuschl, Salzkammergut, Austria. 
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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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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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