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Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 22:22

Now art - that's fighting talk telling me you're not a fan of Mr Kelly! 

I love The Bandwagon with Fred - I was always envious of Cyd Charisse in that red dress!

Another favourite for me to sing along with is the original Broadway soundtrack from Mack and Mabel by Jerry Herman (he wrote Hello Dolly). Torvill and Dean used it for one of their earlier routines and I've loved it ever since.  

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 21:19

art - you'll have to fight Dove and me for him!  

I just love him. He seems so genuine and delightful in every way as well as being one of  the true greats of all time. Have you heard the soprano Sonya Yoncheva who won his Operalia competition a few years ago? I think she's remarkable. Not made any recordings as yet but I hope she does. 

I don't care if people hear me sing. There is no greater feeling than to sing along with something you love - even if you can't hit all the notes perfectly!

That sort of reminds me of the Morecambe and Wise show with Andrew Preview. 

I also love the great MGM musicals with those wonderful songs. You can't help but smile at Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont when she does Singin in the Rain at the end with Debbie Reynolds behind the curtain. It's the arm movements. If you know the film - you'll know what I mean 


Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:48

archie - you're right

Night night. Make sure Mrs archie's taking the tablets too!  

Camera Corner

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:37

Absolutely David. I have mesh on the fence for ivy to cling onto and it doesn't cause any issues, but yes, if it's on borders it's not good for birds if their little feet get caught 

Lovely pix Tracey! I think David's started something with the TV background 

The one you're not sure of looks like a Columbine to me - Aquilegia.

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:19

Ahh Verd - so many flowers, so little time... 

Those lilac Hosta ones as well  


Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:16

Very bonny Andy. I bought Blue Lady yesterday which is a dark  purple 

Lily - what nut and Dove said. They have wisdom beyond their  (many) years...

I know - I know - the coat's on 

Pound Shop Lupins

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:08

It's why I no longer bother with them either Yvonne! Or delphiniums - they're both slug dinner heaven here- a combination of too much rain and therefore too much soft new growth! 

Help save my ivy!

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:06

That's a shame Jim. I'd say you'd be wasting your time unfortunately. Only new growth will attach so the rest would have to be fixed in place very securely with something like vine eyes and wire, and with the weight of it, I wouldn't be confident of any success. Assuming it's all still rooted at the base, you could cut it back to a couple of feet and fix that in place  securely, then put a wire,or netting, at the top of that  (close to the wall)  for new growth to cling onto. Once that establishes, it would carry on doing it's thing by itself. It just needs to be guided onto the wall initially. You may need to tie a few strands in from time to time to keep them heading the right way.  

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:54

Anne Folkard is a favourite of mine. I've grown it with Euphorbias which picked up the foliage colour , Sedum sp 'Brilliant', and a  bronze dwarf Phormium. I think some of the purple foliage plants can be a bit dull if they're not teamed up well with other things. I don't like the Cotinus flowers Verd so I've not grown it for a while - the Sambucus is the same for me - I'd have to go round chopping the flowers off! 

Cleaning patio

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:13


I used to use a sweeping brush with some washing up liquid for decks and patios, and a bit of elbow grease! You need caution if you have planting nearby whatever you're using though .  I'm not overly keen on the jet washers for paving, for the  reasons already mentioned, but they are good on decks.   We had a large one at last house and it was in the wrong place so a lot of it was slippy most of the time.The jet washer was fine as there was a gravelled area and privet hedge next to it , so we didn't have to worry about protecting anything precious.


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