David Matthews2

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Cats in the vegetable beds!

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 19:12

PhiippaS: You have my (deepest) sympathies - we had a similar problem in our kitchen from a cold water feed (ie high pressure) pipe which appeared to have been 'kinked' by some object when the concrete floor was cast. The pipe section was less than 2" under the surface, yet had lasted over 20 years before disgracing itself (cue: indoor water feature). Outcome: re-positioned pipework & complete kitchen refit [thankfully covered by our insurers]. Let's hope that your current travails are sorted fairly soon. Big Hugs!!

Cats in the vegetable beds!

Posted: 18/12/2015 at 18:51

Alie4 to Dave Morgan's recent comment: IO favour 'decorating' areas of loose soil with closely-spaced sprigs of extreemly prickly holly! As Corporal Jones was wont to say "They don't like it up 'em!!"

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Posted: 18/12/2015 at 17:54



 *These cards reflect the changing approach to celebrating Christmastide through the ages. May you all have a wonderful, relaxing & refreshing time over the entire Yuletide  - and enjoy the lengthening daylight which is now only a few days away!.


Stanley has a mate!!

Posted: 18/12/2015 at 16:15

How true, Kathy: Labs (any colour!) often have a good 'nose' for certain things, especially contraband food items!! My former boss at a Surrey field centre had to stop taking his black lab on guided walks with students  as the 'hound' would cadge mercilessly; crusts, sausages (from breakfast), apples, even orange peel (!). The dog's girth was becoming embarassing as she couldn't pass through the gap in dog-friendly 'dagger board' stiles aroung Box Hill & Headley Heath - and her owner was incapable of lifting her (unaided) to launch the podgy pooch over the top rail!

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 17/12/2015 at 16:37

Love your diminutive tree, Daryl. May you & it continue to prosper for years to come, both indoors & out (for its summer holidays!).

Stanley has a mate!!

Posted: 17/12/2015 at 16:33

That heron is a real beaut, Kathy! He'd scare the bejazus out of the various seagulls, jackdaws & starlings that make up the 'heavy' brigade of my feral bird visitors!! Note your helpful comment re: pig sculpture - for me as a native Tamworthian, it would have to be made of rusty metal to simulate the orange 'furry' colour of that named breed! ? Maybe you'll remember the "Tamworth Two" that escaped from a butchers (& earned a reprieve) before being nearly turned into pork??

What's in your bag?

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 20:33

Quite correct, Jo47. *Though there were once rumoured to be 'gold-bearing' veins closer (to me) in mid and NW coastal Pembrokeshire..... I'm ever hopeful when I get out on foot along the Pembs Coast Path National Trail!! Just remember that "all that glistens is not gold"...*[secret locations know to only a very few, extremely careful 'close' people].

Bumble bee but what's the flower?

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 20:24

Too true, DyersEnd: I'm currently giving the thrushes, blackbirds, starlings etc the run of my berry bushes/ trees - but I think I'd better 'bag' a few of the branches with nice clusters on so that they don't get 'sampled' by the birds! * I construct several 'natural' wreaths for doorways & porches, so I need quite a plentiful supply once I get going!


Stanley has a mate!!

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 18:25

What marvellous deer studies! Love the soapstone statuette, too! My tiny mid-town mid-terrace garden would never accommodate anything as large, but I'm on the lookout for modestly-priced terracotta tortoises or non-vegetarian rabbits!!  

What's in your bag?

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 18:16

Hi Nora, welcome to the forum: re bought-in compost - I've encountered all the usual 'stuff': wood chippings, string, plastic strip (mostly blue!), bits of bottle glass and a tidy range of pebbles. *As a professional geologist, I can readily identify most granites, quartz and sandstones, at least to 'region of origin'. Sadly no sizeable nuggets of gold, silver or diamond-bearing ore as yet, but I live in hope!!

Discussions started by David Matthews2

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What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

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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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Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

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