Latest posts by Palaisglide

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.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:03

Dave Arch and his singers are fantastic, it takes some doing getting the music down to one minute thirty seconds yet still keep the gist of it. Any Organ music from church to popular makes my day I had a Yamaha for many years. Elgar any time and most of the Classics not all and this modern stuff leaves me cold more like cacophony to my ears. We had a classical pianist came to play a concert for the troops many years ago and I got, "you are a pianist go with him and see he gets what is needed" he tuned the Officers mess piano at least four times and practiced with me turning the pages six hours, we stopped to eat. For the concert I sat to one side with the music and he played from memory, I was mesmerised, he never missed a note and gave me a pound note a lot of money to a young soldier, quite an experience.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 10:23

What about me David? some of the stuff you lot listen to brings tears to my eye's for all the wrong reasons, apart from the pain in the ears I wonder what happened to music, something I heard Saturday (by mistake wrong button on TV) was not only the lyric repeated over and over but the same six notes hammered out to a screaming audience. Another question why must the audience scream and applaud when the singers are on Strictly, it sends me so far up the wall I turn the sound off.

Yours, totally flummoxed Frank.

A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 09:46

Dove sorry to hear about your misfortunate acrobatics, a net comes in handy and saves a lot of pain. The North Sea mist came back yesterday so it was not a good day in the garden, instead it was chat and laughter in the house with three grandchildren and two Daughters all making those rubber band bangle thingees. They ate my cake and biscuits though a small price to pay for the joy of seeing them all.

Today has not started any better, it was dull and dark when I got up, at least I now feel up to cooking Sunday lunch, the last two were NHS though must say very good considering the press they get, now where is all that veg I was not allowed to eat before the op.


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