Latest posts by Matty2

New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 14:09

Oh Heck

Now, let me see

Violas, various colour ways


Roses: The fairy pink and white, white goose, Malvern Hills




Arabis Ferdinand-Coburg

Skimmia buds  - aways look better than the flowers In think

Hellebore corsicus in bud but not yet opened



Posted: 02/01/2014 at 14:00

Good day All 

First  Happy New Year

Sorry not been here.

Sorry about your MIL Fidget - dementia is a terrible thing -and it is so hard to explain to them what is happening and what is going on.

Sorry also about the tree Chicky, beautiful magnolia, i hope the tree surgeons create a great space for you and your magnolia survives.

Just extreme water logging here, and one of my roses was bending too much in the wind so will have to have some tlc if we ever get dry enough to do it - bad forecast for the weekend.

White fly in compost

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 13:49

Every time I open my current compost bin (a dalek) to put debris in I am swamped with white fly which seem to have taken up residence in it.

I suspect I put some brassica leaves in a while ago which had them, as I had white fly in the summer.

Any one any suggestions how to get rid of them before they take over the garden when the weather warms up??

How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 13:21

So exciting. Our patch was totally overgrown as well. The brambles were a big problem but we tackle it in areas. Digging, then digging over what we had done until virtually clear.

I agree with Verdun, get your lawn down it will give you some structure

Keep an eye open all the time , you never know what plant gems may have survived.

Buy some good gardening books to guide you and of course use  forums


Posted: 18/12/2013 at 16:46

Thanks all - feel really pleased with myself. Have heard the 5/2 can work, But WW worked for me, hardest part now is to maintain it, especially over Christmas

Raking leaves also helps , bins fullls of the things, I know it will be good in a couple of years but at moment just hard work. Wet and windy now so means more clearing when it dries.


Posted: 18/12/2013 at 15:27

Oscar is 13 1/2 so I know it may be it. but we are not giving up yet.

As a result we are unable to leave him so the present delivering trip planned fro the weekend was cancelled. SIL and husband have said they will come down to us tomorrow to do the exchanges instead so I am now having a present wrapping frenzy - well having a break - so they can have all the rels pressies to distribute when they feel they can

Have marzipanned Cake

Oh Big news -As you know I have been attempting to lose weight the WW way - have succeeded, have become a gold member this week - lost 50lb. To celebrate went out and bought a dress and trousers etc. Before weight loss would never wear a dress.


Posted: 18/12/2013 at 13:42

Good day All

Sorry again for not popping in more often. Life is just getting in the way.

Eye is slowly improving, although can't drive (that is so frustrating especially at this time of year)

My lovely dog, Oscar,  had a stroke on Sunday, we have not said goodbye to him. It is a case of wait and see and keep visiting vets (£££) His legs have gone and is slowly learning to walk again. It is not funny having to carry him at 25KG. This morning he asked to go out and managed to get onto the grass by himself . The vet says as he already has a leg problem the prognosis may not be that good, but we are not to give up on him yet, 

Sorry not very seasonal, so to brighten things up here is a photo of my wreath this year




Posted: 11/12/2013 at 09:58


I know not often here first thing

Off to buy c. tree.

I didn't know eringinums were hard to move. I swapped a red foliage one from back to front and a 'grey' one the other way - just dug them up and stuck them in, perhaps it was a case of 'ignorance is bliss', because they have both taken 

Have to do a , what I hope will be, a final leaf clearing.

Moving a Rose Bush

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 20:00

Mycorrhizal fungi goes by a trade name of 'Rootgrow' if you are not sure what it is. can buy it in B&Q


Posted: 10/12/2013 at 19:09

OH has said we can go to a Christmas Tree Farm on tomorrow to buy a tree. As we have never been before, not sure of the way so could be Verrry Interrrresting!!

Still better than going to the farm shop we went to last year.

Feeling a bit more perky today, still can't see. guess I must be getting used to it, was miserable when trying to shop earlier, feels odd 'peering' at everything

We put up Christmas in dining room today except for the tree (pretend) as that is where my winter project is. Does anyone re-arrange furniture as well, I have, now in new permanent positions, well swapped rooms with a couple of little bits 

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Beautiful flower but .... 
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I understand it is a fried egg plant but what precisely is it? 
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Plant ID please

Hope some one can help! 
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