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Music in the Garden

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 19:34

Yarrow2, Told you I loved her and so did Dad so I got dragged to see all her pictures from being a pup. The film you are talking about was a wartime one called His Butlers Sister, but favourites were Cant help Singing, Mad about Music (who isn't) Three Smart Girls. She broke my heart when she stopped making musicals some where in the late 1940's. The correct name by the way was Deanna Durbin and the other one is Andre Rieu I have some of his discs and DVD's.

Joan once dragged me kicking and screaming into a puppet theatre in Salzburg, it just was not me, I had the best night ever, it was a wonderful experience. We danced our way round Austria quite a few times often with requests for us to demonstrate what they called the English Waltz, the night in Vienna came right out of the blue, we shot on the floor as the leader raised his baton and did a solo, why, did they think we were part of the show? we were in best bib and tucker. As I said the place was jam packed yet when we went on the floor again it partly cleared and we got space to Viennese Waltz, glorious memories.  Something similar happened in Munchen, we had been up dancing a couple of times then we got up and the floor was empty they stood around and watched, we were told later the German Waltz was staid they all did the same moves we rang the changes, the English way they called it. I think I remember it as the free drinks flowed, I do not know who held who up as we made our way to bed.

My Granddaughter 4 was here today we were out in the garden and she sang to me, every word of a pop song and all the expressions, music is for all ages.



Posted: 19/05/2014 at 15:07

Rosemummy, 1) Seeds do not need strong compost, mix  some fine compost with grit and washed sand about one third of each, sow the seed, always read the packet some seeds need to be deep some barely covered, water from the bottom and they need warmth a window sill or greenhouse. 2) like babies they need weaning, you cannot put them onto rich compost, as soon as they show two proper leaves move them on, a mix of half compost half sand and grit, when they have a true leafy top then pot them on into larger pots of compost with some sand and grit. 3) harden off the plants, put them out during the day cover at night for a couple of weeks then plant out.

I know you are a busy lady but seeds and seedlings need attention you cannot leave them or they are gone. The best way for you would be to sow just enough in a pot so you can get it on a window sill then prick out as soon as the two true leaves show, keep watering from the bottom (stand in a dish until the top shows damp) over watering will kill anything except pond weeds. Little and often is better than a lot and no time to prick out or pot on, a waste of time and money, it is OK for us old retired  lads we have time some people do not, so cut your coat as they say up here.



Posted: 19/05/2014 at 10:09

Lisa, Tree Paeonia are the same genus as floral or bush Paeonia and need the same treatment.

Always keep the root ball at the same level, do not cover with soil or mulch, scatter it and fertiliser around the root ball about a foot away. They do not like to be moved and will sulk for a couple of years then suddenly flower as one of mine did, it nearly got thrown out, mind I do talk to them, "Flower this year you @------ or you are on the compost" it worked. They can be damaged by late frost they will not then flower. They love full sun though will take partial shade and they are hungry beasts so a nice rich mulch around but away from the main root stock is needed.

They are wonderful flowers I love them and have them covering a period of time with different types though with the bush type stake them as a shower of rain soaking the large flower then a gust of wind will flatten them, who said gardening was easy?



Posted: 19/05/2014 at 09:52

Rosemummy, Tomato seeds need a steady warmth, window sill or green house and mine get bottom heat from a sand bed. An East facing plastic tent which you say you leave open is not the place.

It is really too late now for your seedlings but keep trying and as suggested buy a couple of plants for early tom's, put them round the other side among the Paeonia somewhere, they will have more chance.


Watering can that won't drown seedlings and plants

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 09:44

Like Andy I water from the bottom as watering can roses do tend to leak big drops and also have a large spray which is pumped up to pressure, the nozzle can be set from very fine to deluge. Even using the can on pots and baskets I water onto the soil though will use the fine spray of the bottle on the foliage early morning not in full sun.

A good metal watering can will have a welded Rose or two, fine and more open, it is all down to what you are prepared to pay.



Posted: 18/05/2014 at 10:30

Rosemummy Do not move Paeonia yet September is the proper time though I have moved them when it has been urgent. East facing early sun is not good for them as early morning frost would be melted off too quickly and damage the flowers, mine are in full bloom, well some of them and we do get early frosts up here.

Prepare the ground before a move with plenty of compost and a dressing of bone meal. Cut round the root taking as large a root ball as you can handle and replant, they will take semi shade though a west or south west facing position is best. Make sure you place the surface of the root ball at exactly the same height as it was previously, in other words do not put a covering of compost on it, heel in and water in and then sit back, they sulk not liking being moved, one of mine did not flower for three years, I was about to dig it out and this year it is a mass of blooms.

I have them over thirty years old and one is a cutting from a huge bushy plant there in my childhood and my Dad's we reckon over one hundred years old, growing up with them they are my favourite flower though short lived and prone to being blown about they make me smile.


Buy cheap pay twice...

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 22:54

Zoomer, always take things back they will be happy if you are upgrading to a better fork. My fork is my old dads and all of sixty years old if not more, it is shorter than it was but the tines still straight and sharp. I do oil the steel and the wood after cleaning which is why I got so annoyed when Toby from the old GW threw his tools on the ground, they need respect.

Boiling day over here today the tomato's and strawberries are loving it.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 11:11

Orchid Lady, never mind North of the Border give a thought to us lot the other side, I need my beauty sleep (badly) so keep it low, "err" well ish.

Yarrow2, Deanna Durban was my first love I must have been all of ten at the time, I remember seeing one film three times in a week because my Parents loved musicals too.

All the years I have listened, Danced to, and played music some of it sticks for no particular reason. Cowboy films as a lad were a must and in one I heard South of the Border and it stuck, why. Clair de Lune was the first classical piece I played on the piano and it still tugs when I hear it. The Continental and all the things you are the musicals we saw in wartime. Carousel, Oklahoma, Blue Danube that was the night my late wife Joan and I danced in Vienna on an empty floor in a packed hall, why that happened I never worked out but we certainly got applause, unforgettable.

Music these days tends to be wall paper though every now and then one grabs you, last week on an old time show "The last time I saw Paris" we sang that after the fall of France and straight after "Smoke gets in your eye's" as a none smoking cinema goer that one hit base. Wonderful memories. Now I will go give my Ailsa Craig tomato's some TLC, may even sing to them, maybe not they might droop.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 22:20

Star gaze lily, How about "This old House" the Animals that is 225 years ago Rosemummy.

My wife and I were both dancers so it was big live band music for us mainly, as she got progressively more ill I would play DVD's of musicals for her she was happy to see the dancing and hear the music. Alone now I play Classical or old favourites out of my old vynal albums you do not feel alone with them.


New Helenium not come up...

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 17:26

If you cut Helenium back after the first flush of flowers you should get a second flowering. Divide the plants after October and increase your plants, slugs love them and some caterpillars will weave the leaves into nests you need keep an eye out for them.


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