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Music in the Garden

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 15:41

Orchid Lady "The Dansette Record Player" we bought one for the kids so they could play it anywhere there was a plug, they would have had a job moving the Radiogram around, a very solid bit of furniture.

And today I bring you a song I was playing yesterday in practice from the family song book. "With a Song in my Heart" 4/4 time and three flats Orchid Lady so get that practice in. It was a long time before your little number above, around forty years I think but still good.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 19:25

Imagine SGL, a bunch of lads who's only female sightings were the female camels as the camel trains passed our Beau Geste residence in the arid Desert, suddenly whipped on to a troopship and transhipped through the worst storm ever in the Med to Cyprus, we thought we had died and gone to heaven. Even more so when we escaped into the flesh pots and found out the girls had one ambition, marry a Soldier and go to England. It was Bridgend with a lot more cream. I was posted there twice Larnaca and then Dekhelia  making the most of it.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 12:12

David "Pick yourself up, dust yourself down and start all over again" they could write a song about it??

That is OK Orchid Lady, relax and do your best.

Todays tune is so full of memory it would take all the space on the forum. "White Rose of Athens" a very young Nana Mouscurie and the Island of love Cyprus a very long time ago, but what memories!!!

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 00:04

Orchid Lady an exam is only a test of your efficiency, In some one else's mind, you practice then sit down compose your self, start when you are ready and play as well as you can. A couple of times my mind on other things I messed up, each time I stopped sorry may I play that again and did passing each time.

Be confident in your ability, forget the examiner and play to yourself, remember they cannot shoot you, well not yet and they are human.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 23:08

David, sad moments for you but I played it and the memories tumbled back. The music exams were usually a piece that tested the technical side but as you went up started to include the tests pieces scales and a piece of your own choice. Claire de Lune had been in a film and touched a nerve, the music was bought my teacher made sure I could play note perfect with the constant use of her one foot long pencil on my knuckles though I knew it should not be the mechanical mood she wanted, my Father a pianist took me through it and the one thing he wanted were the pauses, "go as if to play but pause then stroke the notes". The exam came and I played the piece as Dad said, the examiner pulled his chair next to the piano and told me to play it again, my thoughts were I had messed up so tried harder. Very good he said only the first time it flowed much better, never try too hard then. Who is your teacher, "Miss Cook", I do not think she taught you to play like that, so I blurted out no she did not, well thank you for playing it with feeling and I got my Certificate with top marks.

Music to me is a library of memories, not all good though all with meaning.

Frank.

Help needed

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 13:56

A house or greenhouse plant, needs a fairly constant temperature, I cannot see but they are usually wound round a cane support. It may need to be potted on slightly larger pot with a John Innes compost number three. It will need to be in a saucer topped up with water as they need a humid atmosphere, if you put gravel in the saucer it will keep the pot out of the water. It should be throwing out flower spikes at ten inches high they will be trumpet shaped probably pink.

In winter keep it fairly dry, damp it enough to keep it going not wet, Prune right back before setting it up for the winter months and do feed weekly from now to September.

Hope this helps, Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 11:51

Orchid Lady, My very first colour film, to us then a miracle, it is a song I often play for the Grandchildren, one of those evergreen tunes we all know and add memories to.

Frank.

tree peony leaves limp

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 14:04

In that case MNG it looks as if it has taken and is settling, the early morning sun damages the flower buds so it will be OK for a year or so in the meanwhile you could put some other plant in place to shade it from that early sun.

They are slow to build up and will not flower for a while though I have known them get one single flower in  the early years, I have one now five years old with three flowers on though the main ones are a mass of buds, they have been in many years.

Good Luck with them, Frank.

tree peony leaves limp

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 11:17

Depends on which picture you call first, the top picture looks as if some TLC is needed the bottom picture what I would expect from a plant that is taking.

Paeonia tree or otherwise are hungry plants, it is policy to prepare the ground with plenty of fibrous and well rotted compost first. The plant needs to be planted at exactly the same level it was in the pot, do not cover the root ball with soil or anything, water it in.

Spread a mulch of compost around the root ball although not touching it and water that in.

Position should be late morning and evening sun so South and West facing never East facing as they can be damage by early morning frosts which we are still getting then the early sun thaws them too quickly. It could lay dormant for a couple of years then take off and last a lifetime, if you did it all by the book it would flower in three to five years though only a few flowers at first. Give it time.

Frank.

How old are your gardens

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 10:59

Artjak, My Father moved things all the time as he gardened on a rotation basis, each year permanent plants or some of them would be moved as he prepared the soil for the rotation it would go:- Right Son prepare the hole for this plant there, I would dig out the new hole mix in plenty of well rotted compost from the midden and then we wou;ld dig well away from the root ball and with spade or fork would gently ease the root ball free. It would go onto a potato sack back then be carried to the new position and planted firmly well watered in and watered daily after, we got used to moving things and I never knew him lose anything. The Geum was moved from back to front then each side of the house, it just sulked, on its last move I told it, thrive or the compost and it is glorious at this moment. The Deutzia was in full sun and hated it so got moved to shade and hated it the final move part sun part shade is what it wanted and looks like a bridal gown as I look up the garden.

Verdun I could see your garden as you described it and as we are also on a hill near the North East Coast I know the salt problem, quite often we can taste the salt in the sea mist that turns to sunshine half a mile behind me.

Most of my early gardens were vegetable for the simple reason I was away a lot, over the years I did the Modern touch everything new, Roses with no scent, bedding add nausium flowers that were here and gone because the position or weather did not suit them until retirement and a good old sort out. My Daughter has gone all minimal and I will not let her touch my garden, maximum use of every space plus pots galore.

The gardens reflect out souls, we become part of it knowing the plants as we would old and trusted friends, our own Eden on earth what could be better.

Frank

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