Latest posts by Palaisglide

Music in the Garden

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 10:48

Orchid Lady, could be leaf hopper which in turn can cause bud blast disease.

What the modern treatment is I do not know my cure is now banned H&S, good job they cannot see what I have hidden.

You can prune them down a bit although that will set them back a year or so.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 09:51

Rosemummy, today Glorious sunshine and in the garden only bird song and insects.

My Rhododendrons in full bloom, Primroses still smiling at me. Tulips coming the Daf's going and fresh life everywhere, in my head "Roses of Spring" in my ears nature, what a wonderful sound.

The neighbours must be Easter Shopping.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 00:44

I stand corrected Shakespeare was never my writer of choice, nor the poetry of John Dunne people rave about, Sir Walter Scott, Alexander Dumas, Wordsworth and other lyricists driven into me by Miss English my English Teacher for five years who saw something in the rebellious boy who asked questions and would not stand down when told "I am the teacher and it is because I say so", what they did not know my Mother bought me the complete set of Arthur Mee's Encyclopaedias which I read avidly. I knew they were wrong and too idle to look it up.

Every word I write now for the Local History library at one time a researcher in History for the BBC, the family history I am writing and on this forum comes down to that wonderful Lady, who I did not bless at the time, she sowed the seed. Life has some strange twists and turns.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:18

Orchid Lady tell your sons that music will always mean they have joy in their lives, I played piano in Naafi's Sergeants messes and even in hospital then convalescent camp, sleeping under the piano stool after a long night and a piano top filled with drink was not abnormal. My accordion provided entertainment at many Christmas and New years Eve parties. All happy memories as they say "if music be the food of life then play on" not sure who said it but true it is.


Do you really need special seed compost?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 15:57

Laura, Depends on the seeds many plant and flower seeds are very fine where as Vegetables are bulkier. I watched my Dad as a lad steaming garden soil or heating it in old biscuit tins on his greenhouse wood burner for the fine seeds sown in old fruit boxes no plastic back then either. He lost very little after he sifted the sterilised soil and mixed it with washed sand, we lived next to a sand pit and he washed it himself, no GC or bags of grit and sand, "gosh" they were hard times.

I buy John Innes number two compost which is soil based then mix my own to suit what I am doing. One third compost one third fine grit one third washed sand for seeds, they contain their own nutrient and do not need any feed until they shoot, they will seed in sand I have done it many times.

Prick out into half compost and half made up of washed sand and fine grit, that is enough nutrient and the sand and grit gives drainage.

Pot on to three quarters compost a quarter sand and grit it works for me and as an engineer if it works then leave it. Many seeds are expensive why risk them cutting back on compost.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 14:03

Puncdoc true yet again, I travel through my fairly new digital radio and there is music for all tastes, mainly Classic FM though on occasion one of the oldies programmes and I mean 40-50-60, not on any account 70-80-90. I will admit there are now some songs I recognise as Music!!! and singers I listen to more Adele definitely not boy bands or withered twitchy rehashed pensioners still trying to gyrate as if being stung by a swarm of bees. Vive Le Difference and long may it be so.

Orchid Lady go wash your mouth out Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, mentioned on the same page as Bing "agh" I never liked Sinatra and after hearing Chick Henderson the Hartlepool crooner you would not compare them either, Bing said Chick was the best crooner of his day.

My Daughters said you never play the, piano when we are here, well no, they are usually talking twenty to the dozen, the grandchildren playing or wrapped up in their technocrat toys, Hannah has two funny looking dolls that actually talk to each other cost a fortune and do not need any one to play with them, what is the point? So I sat down and played, what I know, the grandchildren on each side open mouthed, we did not know your piano could do that, no children I am doing that, the piano is the voice of my fingers. A voice from the gods, dad can you play some three chord boy band number I had never heard of, no piano lid closed I gave up.

Music was, still is my life, dancing, going through the big band era was an education in itself dancing to those wonderful live bands in the huge Locarno;s and Palais it was our time as was probably the noughties to some of you, what ever we think of as good music is our business as long as we get enjoyment from it.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:33

Puncdoc, I would never disagree with that thought we fought a war for freedom. My beef is people who force their own choices on others who have no choice but to listen. A garden to some is a place of solace as are open spaces parks busses trains and planes some prefer the sound of the life around and not the racket from noise machines where you can even hear their ear phones, are they asking to go deaf?

I wrote my post tongue in cheek knowing most of the posters from years of interaction and that they would take it as meant, I did not set out to upset people so sorry.

Protest songs poetry or script do not stir my fires, using my voting rights writing to the papers or grabbing hold of my local or parliamentary representatives and giving them an earful is my way. We must agree to disagree then.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 10:06

"OMG" what on earth are you lot talking about?

Music my lovely people is Vienna, Handel, Mozart Wagner, or if letting the hair down Glen Miller, Bing Crosby, Chick Henderson, Tauber, Henry Hall.

All the above whilst relaxing not supposedly working in the garden with free bird song, the noise of continuous mobile phone tunes and the chatter of people who seem to need to be in continuous communication with some one, "hi, yer all right, yeh just weeding" NO YOU ARE NOT, you are gassing on the phone and disturbing the old chap next door, "gerroffff", who on earth needs noise when as some one pointed out we have the sound of strimmers, lawn mowers and chain saws.

Once we could hear the mooing of the animals in the fields, the chirrup of the insects buzzing of bees, all in the past overtaken by three chords on loud electrical ear busters in the hands of kids who never studied music as we all did as kids.

Driven in by the racket I at times ease my tensed up feelings by playing my Piano and yes you guessed it Vienna is the music to do that.

Is it possible to have a forced silence for at least an hour say on Sundays, no phones, no I-poddi thingees and no old radios in the greenhouse please. Oh the joy of that peace.

Frank, hope this does not upset people "err" or do I.


Posted: 15/04/2014 at 09:40

Rosemummy "Paeonia" can self seed it would take several years before you had a plant and it would not come true in most cases. They can Layer themselves though usually need help and they can be divided, if in the digging of the drains a bit was cut off with dormant buds then cast aside it could be the answer.

My Paeonia have been in the same spots for well over thirty years and one a Rubra red is a cutting from a plant put in before my Father was born that would make it over a hundred years old.

When starting they can disappear in the case of one of mine for two years then it suddenly bushed again and had flowers now it is a normal plant after thinking I had lost it.

If you dig them out to place them in a better position they want to be out of the early morning sun frost damage can be caused by rapid thaw. Make sure the plant is at the same level they do not like the root crown covered once they grow. Fertilize with a ring of manure or good compost around the crown and not on it, no need to dig it in as that could cause root damage. Tall varieties need staking, once flowered leave the foliage over winter as a frost guard for the crown.

If you are using cut flowers it is best to cut them just before the petals open then lay flat in a cool place for a day then cut a bit more from the stem and place in a bucket of water, once in a vase they will last a lot longer.


Protecting railway sleepers, what have you used?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 13:00

My question is why????

The sleepers will have been pressure tannalised which will last for years gradually mellowing with time. You buy sleepers as a focus point lifting plants to a higher viewing point, if you want fancy colours then do not waste money, build raised boxes and paint them. Remember the paint as with a fence will need renewing every couple of years to keep it looking fresh, once started it becomes a continuous job.

Run ferns and lichens over the edges of the sleepers to soften them, ivy and creeping plants trailing down will give colour, you could always do what the railway do and tar them, OK silly though I think you would live to regret painting them.


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