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Latest posts by Palaisglide

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 10:13

Teesside, no sun as yet but no rain either. Windows open to let the light breeze through the house very warm and guess what the sun came out as I write.
Swarms of bees on the Peony's and cranes bill which are in full colour right now, the foxgloves still have a few flowers left for them too.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 16:12

Teesside, it turned out nice again as you could tell by the buzz and whine of lawn mowers.
I thought I was getting my daughters dog today for a few hours but my grandson came in with him, "I would rather stay with you than go to a craft fair" he knew I would be cooking lunch. He had two helpings of everything and is now eating iced lollies and the dog is flaked out full of chicken.
"oh well" two satisfied customers and the sun is shining.


Do I need to deadhead Begonias?

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 11:39

Bev, there are no silly questions in gardening, the flower head is the seed box for the plant and when it sets seed it gives up, job done. We nip the head off to keep it up to speed doing its job for us producing more flowers.
The answer is keep nipping the dead flowers off and the plant will keep doing its stuff.
I suppose to young gardeners us elderly know Al's do come across as a bit comical, the thing is even at my age well past retirement we are still learning from each other, we all have our own methods so at times it can sound a bit like a world war as we argue it out, we are harmless though.


Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 11:29

Bob it is not consolida (larkspur) the flowers on that form a mass up the stem, the ones in the picture are individual stem flowers.
I looked up Borago officinalis (Borage) out of curiosity and it not that either.
The leaf is a bit like Anchusa, they grow to 12 inches well some species do.
I know I have none.


Fork Handles

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 23:30

Watched the Bourne Ultimatum which I have seen a few times.
Anything is better than watching two grown up blokes smashing a tiny ball that cannot fight back, even if I had to turn the sound off every ten minutes for four minutes adverts.
A glass of Spitfire Kentish Ale helped, another week of this and I will need to join the AA.

Fork Handles

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 18:43

My prediction is the BBC will vanish under a mountain of brickbats from those of us who hate tennis, I would rather watch paint dry. They have just closed down the film on Beeb 1 so both channels are now showing the idiotic game.
why is that wellington boot sticking out of my TV screen???

Disgusted and fed up Frank.

Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 15:25

Looks very much like Borage to me although it is a long time since I saw any so could be well wrong.



Posted: 30/06/2012 at 15:18

Jean if a cat sat on my head it would be instantly airborne through a closed window, we do not get on.
Erythronium dens-canis likes organic rich deep soil and hate being waterlogged, not good this summer then. Once set in position in late summer they can be left for years and they do like semi shade. If you do move them wait until the leaves die down and in your case of no leaves showing it may be as well having a look at the bulbs to see if they are showing any life at all.


|Just learned a new trick

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 15:04

Ken, I never peel new potato's but have discovered quite a few uses for my pressure washer besides giving me pristine white paves.
With the long handle the Conservatory roof gets a polish without needing a ladder and it is the full length of the house.
When I removed ivy from the wall after many years I found it difficult to remove those small wisps of root from the brickwork. Holding the pressure pipe at a very narrow angle to the bricks it removed and cleaned the bricks without water logging them, the chap over the road cleaned his bricks with a scrubbing brush and water taking nearly a week, mine took two hours.
Apart from its many uses it keeps the grandkids amused and very wet, I am in the kitchen and can turn the outside tap off before going to get them and clean them up, as I said many uses.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 14:53

Teesside hot muggy and heavy cloud when I went for my paper. We then had a violent rainstorm followed by sunshine which is still with us.
The local nursery has a plant sale on, two for one, never known that happen before things must be tight. They do have own grown and very good plants, I have never had to take any back which I have done at the well known GC's, must admit they always oblige with cash back. Will pay them a visit as I have several empty boxes and pots.


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