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RIP Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 10:49

My wife and I would have two or three days a year in the area often walking our Westie in the grounds which was how we came to meet the Duchess, the first time she was walking the course for a horse trial next day. She was a very down to earth Lady she and my wife talked about Tapestry Joan's Hobby, she gave Benji a biscuit I just listened. A couple of times she was with her hens which roamed free near the main entrance to the house she always chatted. I knew the history of the family as it was a big scandal but the Duchess as she said herself was a normal housewife? some house. I would always go to see what the new art works were and most were in their own niches in the gardens which I never tired of. I would say to FB we all have differing tastes some were wonderful. A lovely Lady who did marvels with the Chatsworth estate and house.

Frank.

Growing grass paths...

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 23:22

Glad some body missed me whilst I had my NHS holiday, all well now and back cooking housework and some gardening. The weather from the North Sea has been atrocious all week, fine day yesterday and a lock down today, had the lights on to write.

Methinks you need to reassess your allotment paths though, you do not need more work than the growing section will provide, grass paths probably a step too far.

Frank.

Lawn problems

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:01

Pennypat, sounds like a fairy ring of toadstools and the cause will be wood roots left in the ground after removing the trees. I cut some trees down and it is impossible to dig out all the root which rot down and produce mycelia or mushroom type spores. I found brushing them off as soon as they appeared and before they spawn got rid of them but it took about three years. There are no sprays for them and apart from digging up the lawn and getting the old rotted wood out not much you can do. I gave a weekly cut, used feed and weed and as I said brushed them off as soon as they showed. Sorry no quick fix available for that.

Frank.

Should I risk it or not?

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 12:13

I do not grow Chrysanthemum now because the damp weather in the North East one foot in the North sea caused many viral problems. The best advice is destroy the plants, do not put them in the greenhouse, sprays did not work for me, I dislike them anyway. You could put them in a sheltered spot near a wall or fence and see what happens. As a lad we always had Chrysanthemums for Christmas time but we had a walled garden with its own micro climate, I do not have that luxury and would get rid of diseased plants at the first sign.

Frank.

Growing grass paths...

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 11:58

Hello Zoomer, saw the post last night and thought about it. grass as with any seed does not need rich soil, imagine sowing your spring seeds part soil part sand part grit, a grass patch needs digging levelling compressing then sowing and raking in and yes now is the time to do it. You would need at least a two foot clear ring around the fruit trees and do not forget the tree roots and grass will fight for water. Most allotments have skinny paths, either wood edges and gravel or you can get one foot by two foot slabs, easily laid and permanent though can be moved if required. Just a thought, as another poster says grass has to be maintained edged and on an allotment weeded, all something to think about when there is never enough time for everything in a garden. Good luck what ever you decide.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 12:28

The hoover was running to "Tales from the Vienna Woods" much more sedate, the lamb is in the oven just had a good basting so it looks as if I am up and running again, good old NHS.

Frank.

It's all quite shameful...

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 11:42

Probably David but she was under the impression Gin and Tonic was a medicine.

Welshonion we all went to a very posh restaurant where the waitress made such a fuss of me the family asked it they should leave us to it, "the song Jealousy comes to mind"!

Frank.

It's all quite shameful...

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 10:28

Well David she has gone up in the world from the drummer to the pianist. Bekkie we have two local clubs who do afternoon tea dances, those in the 70's are classed as youngsters and they are always full. Dancing and music are the way to a long active life so get out there. My Grandchildren 12 and 9 are into ballroom dancing as I was at that age so go for it.

Frank.

It's all quite shameful...

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 10:01

Your clock must be wrong David, I got her back before midnight but she decided the night was not yet over, some time later she got out of the car singing and I went home in a bedraggled state.

Frank.

gardeners world theme tune

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 10:11

It will not be past your bedtime next week David unless you have your Horlicks at eight. Saying that the theme tune is so memorable at this moment I cannot even hum it. Must take less pills with my porridge.

Frank.

Discussions started by Palaisglide

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Who needs change 
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Grew up with them then could not get them 
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Poetry Thread

Describe your garden, your thoughts, in verse. 
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The wrod according to Bob Flowerdew. 
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Some of the plants seem to love this weather? 
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Gardeners world weather

We are to get a 7 day forecast? 
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