David Matthews2

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Iris flowering - is this a problem

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 21:02

I've had several clumps of Dwarf Iris flowering in a sheltered, shady border for about two weeks now. I doubt whether they'll 'recur' later in the spring, so I'll just enjoy them as they are brightening up an otherwise dull area right now! * It's raining heavily today, pic may follow - when it improves.....??


Posted: 20/01/2016 at 18:10

Here's hoping you can stay strong, Verdun: the truth will out - no doubt your existing plant stock will prove worthy in the long run!!

Proposal on the local gardening show!

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 15:27

What brilliant news! Congratulations to the pair of you. May your future lives bring you much happiness together!


Posted: 17/01/2016 at 15:20

Hi, Verdun: I trust that you don't have a nut allery? I could select a 'portion' that's more cherry than nut re: topping, if you prefer? I hope that you enjoy the virtual experience anyway!!


Posted: 16/01/2016 at 18:41

 For all you cake-fanciers [aka gardeners]: herewith the 2015/6 edition of the 'Deliarised' cake!! *It happens to have survived well into the New Year this time.....? must be something amiss?? **I'll have to keep on 'sampling' it just in case.... Beats gardening in xxxx wet weather anyway!

This crazy climate

Posted: 09/01/2016 at 16:27

Nanny Beach: I'm not certain about variety - I cadged some seeds of an ex-work colleague from his carving session! [*If you pm me, I'll pop a few of those in the post??]. Otherwise, try something modest-sized - I gather (from forum comments) that the 'monster' varieties need lots of tlc, feeding & watering etc. Good luck with your self-imposed task! [Tip: get the kids involved at all stages....].

This crazy climate

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 20:37

Interesting that you've been feeding up the blackbirds on 'tethered' apples, Fairygirl: I've used both apples and pears from my store. Also, experimentally, I left out a few very late gourds to see if anything would be tempted by them. So far they've been ignored, other than by slugs shaving the outermost veneer off as they pass! [Can't say I blame them - when I tried roasting a couple they were foul!!]. I'll be sticking to regular pumpkins in future.

This crazy climate

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 17:04

 So pleased for you, Fairygirl: our weather has turned much chillier today with stiff NW winds. So I've redoubled the number of peanut feeders and fatball/ slab mesh feeders today to reduce 'queueing' time of my regulars. *Neighbours feed with nyger seed also, so I often have overflying goldfinch twittering as they pass through...!!

Last season, my garden appeared to be at the margins of three blackbird territories - the 'fellas' were often to be heard giving it large well into the dusk at evening time - a real delight as I was putting the greenhouses & cold frames to bed for the night.

This crazy climate

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 20:51


 This 'pair' of blackbirds have been demonstrating courtship behaviour around my garden since mid-December. No sign of nesting as yet, but it's probably only a matter of time...? [The heavy rainfall & gales do not appear to have deterred them!].


Posted: 28/12/2015 at 18:34

Oops, Hazel: at least you spotted the signs before total disaster!! Best treat yourself (& OH) to a 'restorative' tot + tonic & a couple of mince pies whilst you count your blessings!

Thanking you, both Frank & Hazel for your kind wishes for our anniversary. We haven't any family in Wales now, so we re-import our exported son, Aidan & his family when we get a chance to celebrate! Both our parental homes were in adjacent villages on the N Warwicks / S Staffs border, so the diminishing tribal survivors are a full 200 miles from us. Each gathering therefore, is full of significance for all of us.

 *We none of us like icing, but we do love nuts n' fruit toppings, so this is the 'Deliarised' Christmas / cum Anniversary cake which we will all be setting about over the next few days [it rarely sees the New Year!! (Mrs M does the baking, I am responsible for the 'decor'].

Discussions started by David Matthews2

Clematis "Freckles" in flower so early??

Long-established plant coming into flower already - normally 'winter' flowering type.  
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Last Post: 29/08/2016 at 19:54

Mystery Moth in garden foliage

Found deep in the shrub border (aka 'the jungle') - I've not seen the like before?? 
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Last Post: 12/08/2016 at 21:14

What should "Indigo Apple" tomatoes look like??

First time of growing this variety & it looks really odd - colour, shape & slow-to-ripen behaviour all weird!! 
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Last Post: 10/08/2016 at 19:28

Insect Hotels in Austria (revisited)

Update photos of previously posted 'deluxe' insect accommodation in Fuschl, Salzkammergut, Austria. 
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Last Post: 17/07/2016 at 11:15

Moth, myth or mithuss?

Recent visitor to my greenhouse 
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Last Post: 27/08/2016 at 21:19

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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Last Post: 19/10/2015 at 19:03

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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