Latest posts by Palaisglide

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 09:27

Joyce, diven need me ganzi t'day, took it off and stood it in't garden, I am down to the blue woad and Rabbit skin Sporran, could not stop grinning so took it off and put the fur side out, we do have exciting lives.

Sunshine Blue skies they got the forecast right, the mist over the Tees is lifting I will be able to see the Cleveland Hills soon. The garden is blooming and my beloved Peony's are shooting up, the Rhododendron flowers have opened right up the bush a blaze of colour, the Pieris is turning some of the flowers red now, it will need repotting after it finishes blooming, always work to do.


Report or not?

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 13:37

If it helps, one way is to start with the large pot as I do with tomato's. Put in drainage then compost half way up the larger pot then sink the smaller pot into that so the tops are level. Let the plant grow on then lift the small pot remove the plant and drop it back into the hole the small pot was in and water. This allows for adding more compost every ten days or so feeding the plant as it starts to flower and fruit as it allows the roots to grow into the larger pot. This has worked for me with all kinds of plants for many years with little set back to the plants.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 11:32

Stockton, warm with some sun, almost a week of sunshine is this a heat wave I ask? It is for us on the NE coast, I have had to take a coat of woad and a goat skin off, it will be down to the Ganzi shortly,"err" we never take them off even when we shower once a year, the girls up here like their men smelly.


Replace stones against house brickwork?

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 11:24

Those stones are there for a reason, they are keeping the soil away from the Damp Course and also to stop rain splashing up against the bricks causing erosion. I know this to my cost after living in an older house with paves right up to the wall. Rain splashing off the paves made the bricks start to disintegrate and I had to have a new damp course right round the house, not easy not cheap.

If you do not like the stones that are there then replace them with gravel coloured or otherwise. Stand some pots or containers along it and fill with plants. My Daughters all live in recent new builds and they all have the same loose filler next to the walls as I have in this bungalow built thirty odd years ago. Some things we have to put up with when it is there for a reason.



Posted: 07/04/2017 at 11:11

Ada, What kind of conifers are they do you know. Where in the garden are they. How high are they now.

Conifers come in many forms and can be trained with a very light trimming, never go back to bare wood, they can be topped as I do with my own, they are Lawsonia, fairly slow growing and now thirty five years old they get topped every three years.

Some are bush shaped some Pillars and they can be kept in trim with light shearing, if you shear them too hard they never get their needles back you are left with a brown mess. I love the small ornamental slow growers that come in all shades of green to Golden. Here in the North and up in Scotland people have beds of ornamental Pines.


Ultimate Alphabet 'T'

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 10:11

Thoughtfully taking up my talisman tambourine then trilling in a trembling basso de trumpet as per (local patois) T'auld T'elephants, My thoughts went off on a tangent to the Tankard set to tantalise me just out of touch. As I tango on the tarmac to a tune technically and meant to tease, my temperament being put to the test I managed to break some Terracotta as I dodged round the Tarantula to the theatre to continue the thespian arts.

Well that is my story what is yours.


Sorry I've Been AWOL

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 20:00

Hello D.D. I have crossed things I did not even know I could cross, it may take a little while to uncross them all 'ouch"? I know what you are going through my Son has just moved to France and at last have bought a place, not the house of their dreams but near enough, the registration is somewhat archaic.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 11:12

It's a lovely day in Stockton today is such a lovely day, the skies are blue above its a day to fall in love.

"yup" if your are young pretty or Handsome, not craggy like me.

The Garden is a picture I have been sitting out there each day enjoying the warmth and topping up the vitamin C, well someone has to do it.


Planting ideas for a war memorial

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 11:01

Angie, Get well soon, all the family had the same a few weeks ago know how you feel.

If the Council are going to make a major make over next year why not just use planters, ask for donations of planters and make a feature of them. As an old soldier and seeing the state of some memorials anything would be an improvement to most. Tidy it up fill some planters with flowering plants then wait until you see what the Council intend doing next year. Knowing Councils and their budget worries it may not happen, ask for more details. Just a thought.


Ideas on what veg i can grown in a dust bin

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 22:07

Giddy, there is nothing to stop you trying, my point being it would take a lot more of everything to fill it when normal pots do the job. We never have too much compost so why not use the third bin for the overflow from your other compost maker. We have long lanes of trees of all kinds so leaf gathering in Autumn is a local sport. I fill black bags punch holes in them then hide them behind the bushes or put them in a quiet corner for a year or more. If you keep it going year on year you have continuous and lovely planting medium. You could use your bin and would get leaf mould but it would have to stand for at least a year, black bags can be hidden more easily, compost more needed.

If you have a Green House why not have new potato's for Christmas from your bin. The usual way is to put some good compost in the bottom then three potato's that you have chitted then cover with more compost and leave a while. As the green tops grow keep adding soil up to near the top of the green growth until it has grown out of the top of the bin, if it is in the greenhouse you will need to water but not over water. I had new potato's at Christmas yearly until my wife passed away now I do not bother.


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