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Talkback: The best crops for flavour

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 09:44

Hilary this year I found the tomato's my Dad always grew Ailsa Craig they are not as abundant as Money maker but the taste is as I remembered wonderful still eating the last now. Gardeners delight is a must as the Grandchildren love eating them off the bush. Shirley have more taste than money maker though still not as mouth watering as the Ailsa Craig. Why graft tomato's when a packet of seed gives far more than you need, never tried them and doubt I ever will.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 09:34

Orchid Lady you should hear the eclectic styles and types of music I play when practicing on the piano, anything goes may be the title of a song but it also describes my selection. I love classics though not all and find many of the 60-70-80 musical styles now becoming classics. Stockton had large immigrant sections from Ireland Scotland and Wales so the parties I played at often included the music of the people which I still play and love. Music has helped my recovery which is now quite rapid, mind it would help if the North Sea weather we are getting would abate whilst the rest of the country has a heat wave. Still sitting in the conservatory with Gold on the radio gazing at the garden and noting all the jobs needing to be done does more good than a thousand pills.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 13:08

Lily David, no not taking it seriously pointing out an alternative way and probably the difference in musical tastes from my time forward. Had one Daughter went mad for the Beatles another thought that old hat and went for the Bay City Rollers, still have the long players. (never play them). Sometime catch the retro music on BBC4, in their early days I would have torn my hair out at the antics and music now think it dated and not very daring after all. Tastes change we all have photo's we thought great at the time and now cringe seeing them, some music is like that then we have last night of the Proms and we Brits let our hair down, where are the modernist's then I ask??

Tongue in cheek Frank.

Insect pest of Viburnum Tinus

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 10:52

White fly also infest the underside of Viburnum tinus they leave black scales and aphids love them. Wash down and remove badly infested leaves. They do not need pruning though removing old damaged or dead wood helps. If you spray use the spray pointing up to get the underside of the leaf, I know daft but some do use sprays wrongly.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 09:58

Taste David and Lily comes in many forms from what we eat through what we listen to and even what we wear plus our manners. Never wore Jeans in my life, think this need to wear cut off below the knee trousers mad also. Picking my Daughters up from Night Clubs wondered why young women went out half dressed no coat no handbag in the middle of winter, but it is what they did. Taught at school good taste meant standing if a lady came in the room, giving up your seat on transport, opening doors for them now often gets a retort using the sort of language I had no idea ladies knew and which I never even used in the army as a Drill Sergeant.

Musical taste is what we are brought up with and I had a classical Dad and musical's Mother. Entertainment was round the piano after Sunday tea and all the family singing the latest songs from the films or such as "Come into the garden Maud" "Roses are blooming in Picardie" plus Roll out the barrel and such wartime songs, it was full blast with favourite Hymns in the compulsory Church going. We raised our voices, take the mikes away and half those people you mention would be gone.

So Lily and David I like what I like, you are free to like what you wish although Cliff along with Boy Bands and the Spice girls types I would quite happily drown.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 23:04

David, "Aghaaaaa" never.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 15:20

David, Big surprise, listening to the radio with one ear turned off yesterday suddenly they were playing retro Blondie, turned both ears back on and enjoyed, she was good and still is so not all classics then.



Posted: 17/09/2014 at 13:31

Rough dig a couple of plots and leave to let winter do its thing. Root veg can be left in the ground we always had cabbage winter and spring, sprouts taste better for a frosting, if you have a green house plenty to do inside. Still plenty to do between now and end of October when most growth stops. I always used the time to tidy up prune or cut back, clean pots and trays, put extra cover over the compost to keep it warm and working. Question, when did we find time to grow anything?


Music in the Garden

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 23:45

Orchid Lady refers to the "Last Night of the Proms" when it follows the Brits in full war paint belting out "Land of hope and Glory" followed by  "And did those feet in ancient times" plus I must say the best National Anthem arrangement yet. Been in the Albert Hall many times and it never fails to amaze me as to how many they can pack in the place and they all let their hair down and go for it, now that is what music does for the psyche.


Replacing old lawn with flower border

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 16:37

Rodge, How much lawn and would you hire a rotivator? If it is a lot of lawn you can hire a lawn lifter which will slice the top off the lawn which you stack in a corner somewhere grass side down is the way I always did it, it gave me wonderful loam for seed trays a year later. It can be dug in by digging a trench and laying the turf in the base then covering with top soil this is hard work depending on how much grass you are taking up. You could just double dig it in making sure the grass is facing down after all farmers plough it in, problem would be dormant weeds, you would need to keep on top of those for a couple of years.

Good luck with your border, any new feature will initially be hard work but then you sit back and enjoy your labours.


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