Latest posts by Palaisglide

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 18:09

Italophile, meals ready to eat then, lovely place Italy from Easter on, much worse than the UK in winter though.
Still have sunshine here on Teesside as it has been all day, not done me much good though with a touch of gout, better stay off the Port Wine and Lobster then or was it the Devon-Somerset scones.


Unknown plants

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 13:53

OK Frank, in future check out your reference books when making a guess, Quince I should have know having eaten plenty of quince jam.
Hibiscus I am afraid I would never have guessed coming from the North East it would be either an indoor plant or grown in a sheltered very sunny spot, I saw plenty of it  and Neria (Oleander) abroad with the army with its wonderful scent.
As it is inhereted the person putting the plant in must have known what they were doing. No more guesses then.


Unknown plants

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 11:19

Flowers looks very like Magnolia although they would have flowered by now.
The fruit is Apple looking at the leaves and shape.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 11:12

Wecome Sunnydays, we are having one here on Teesside with blue sky and some cloud although cooler.
You will find a friendly lot, willing to help so join in what ever is going on at the time.


Mystery Purchase- Beautiful..dusky maroon umbels

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 15:59

OK Gracie, never heard of it, are you thinking of Eupatorium "Joe pye weed" it is a semi shrub and likes some shade and damp although they are more red-pinkish flowers.


Mystery Purchase- Beautiful..dusky maroon umbels

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 12:07

Actaea is Baneberry which should grow to two or three feet high, Alba or Red, fluffy flowers and poisonous berry's.
This plant is probably a hybrid and with this years weather could have sprouted beyond its potential. Likes shaded conditions and peaty soil, it has found its ideal position. I sugest you approach it whith a whip and a chair.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 09:04

Teesside has sunshine blue sky with some white cloud, so no lights needed this morning.
The windows are open and it is warm, I think some of the light must be from the huge golden glow of the Crocosmia Jackanapes which this year has gone wild, most of it will need to come out after it has flowered.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 23:05

"Err I pass" Posh, Scones Jam and Clotted cream with Lapsang Souchong on top no thanks. Sounds a bit like those Camel pies we once had to eat although they always tasted of Bully Beef..
We Northern woad warriors eat some wonderful concoctions often wrapped in pastry but I like my Scones with cream and jam nothing else. My daughter was here for lunch and she mentioned the scones we got at Windermere, they were indeed good but although they served a jug of clotted cream they spoilt it with one of those little pots of Hotel Jam, I was telling her the Devon-Somerset Jam always strawberry came warm and runny you spooned it on.
The weather here in Stocken did brighten to a grey sky and rain then when that passed over we got blue sky and sun, it all looks more promising for tomorrow we will see.


Beware combustible compost

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 21:38

Honeysuckle2, I for one am not judging you or calling you anything, what I am saying is that in all my years gardening and much of that with peat before the greens got at it I have never known compost self ignite.
I have known Hay and Straw stacks self ignite because the hay-straw was not dried properly and it heated up from the centre. As none of these apply to your GH I am intrigued as to what would cause it.
The sun was low it being nine in the morning is there some glass or reflecting ornament in the garden that would concentrate a beam onto the plastic which would then burn, some plastics do burn fast and furious once started, As a lad I worked at ICI plastics, we built a burner that burned plastic to recover the monomer and believe me it took no firing up, I thought it dangerous stuff back then.
There must be some explanation and I would like to know the answer. Nothing like a mystery to get these pages moving.


Beware combustible compost

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 16:35

Strange indeed, if it had peat in it you would have got possibly smouldering, in the days we could burn garden rubbish I would damp it down with old compost, that killed any miscreants and we used it again but I never knew it to blaze.
We can take it there were no electrics in the GH, was the plastic the double glaze type, plastic does gas off under heat although it was nine on a Sunday morning the sun would be low in the sky and not up to full heat.
I would be asking how near to a road or field where vandals could strike, was there a smell of petrol or other oils, also ask the neighbours if they saw any one watching, arsonists like to watch what they started.


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