Palaisglide


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Full or partial sun?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 22:24

Michael, five and a half hours in my book is full sun, light is the essential be it dappled or full. My Herbs recommended in books as full sun and dry soil well drained and not too rich thrive. The soil is dry and the sun is shaded by the house for half the day so are the books wrong no, I have learned over many years what I can grow where and it works, our own experience is what counts. There are plants that need full sun but if we had an overnight frost they do not want early morning sun, that is what kills the plant thawing too quickly. Gardening is the proverbial minefield what works is because your position is right in my case out of the bitter Northerly winds and a brick wall to take in heat and give it back. There will be lots of advice and most of it will be correct for that persons particular garden, we can only take the bits that appertain to our own environment.

Frank.

Stump Removal

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 17:27

Without the help of a JCB you are in trouble. I had two about that size although they could be left so drilling pouring in root killer then covering was my way, they took five years but did rot down.

You can hire a stump chomper if money is not tight it will reduce the stump to shavings with a lot of effort needed. On the farm we had to use a winch and haulage rope to get stumps that size out of the ground, sorry I cannot give you an easy way, it is just jolly hard work.

Frank.

Full or partial sun?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 17:14

Michael, A fully South Facing Garden would get full sun  from sun  up to sunset, in some seasons that would be almost desert conditions with the need for sun loving plants.

My Garden is South facing although the house on the East side blocks off the sun until around 09-30 then it gets the sun all day until the last rays at sun set.

On the South boundary is a 4 foot fence so that border is sheltered from the sun until around 15-00 hours so is partial sun. The front lawn is on the East side so gets the sun from sun up to around 11-00 hours, partial sun. The North side of the house has  a wall away from the house that gets the first sun, then is blocked until 15-30 hours until sun set so partial to full sun and my Herb bed is in that plot and thrives, Partial to full sun I call it and the ground is very dry, I need watch the watering.

Full sun is all day or nearly all day, Partial sun can vary from a few hours or depending on what will cast a shadow on that part of the garden. Shade is my South fence behind which the sun only reaches at the end of the day for a hour or so.

Hope this helps.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 19:06

Today was Tango day, work done sitting drinking tea in the conservatory Daughter looking among, my selection of LP's found a Tango record. Blue Tango, jealousy, La Paloma and more, Granddaughter four showed us how it should be done. Nearly an hour of fun and laughter, now that is what music means to me.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 11:00

Today is dull yet warm, I opened the conservatory to let some air through popped a disc on and sat looking up the garden. Suddenly the music was "If I Loved You" from Carousel and memories just flooded back.

On a course near London I got a long weekends leave every weekend, into London stopped with my relatives up Brixton Hill (posh then) and the Streatham Locarno just over the hill Friday and Saturday. An older woman (I thought in terms of my mother but she was probably late twenties old to me) asked me to dance and we danced most of the dances each night most weekends. "If I loved you" was top of the pops at the time and she went all sentimental on me as we danced, but so did the girls in the Nuffield Club at the Sunday Tea Dances, there was something about that tune.

Came the time to move on and I told her it was our last dance together unluckily for me just before they played that tune, she cried the whole dance, to an 18 year old rather embarrassing, I had to crowbar her off and she was on Waterloo Station looking for me on the Sunday night. Oh Dear that song, I got the train with whoops from the servicemen heading back to Barracks as she clung on to the last then Bentley and on to the single track Borden Bullet, badly misnamed and gone on the Monday.

Yet the music plays (I did replay it this morning) memories never fade and I wonder where are they now. I have a head full of tunes all with meaning, it is a wonder I remember anything else? Now what day is it today??

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 22:12

Listening without really hearing the radio today suddenly "Oh my beloved Father" came on, that made me sit up and notice. It is one of my all time favourite Aria's, I did not catch who was singing though it was quite beautiful. It has many memories for me plus I needed to wake up and get tea ready.

Frank.

Crocks in Pots - A Waste of Time ?

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 13:39

I use them if I have them if not it is commando style or as they are. Does it help I have no idea, will I still do it? If there are any broken pots probably although have used all sorts from foam to gravel. They also said we are better off using sand in the bottom to hold excess water and feed it back as the pot dries out? Surely  you then need to crock the pot to hold the sand in, it would wash out.

If it works for you do it your way, experts in everything have been so wrong so many times I no longer trust any of them, says he who had a fried breakfast every day of his long life, I should have gone long ago according to experts, "err" where are they now???

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:15

Sorry folks, I went up the garden and it rattled in my head, I had it wrong, the Dinah Shaw song was "MY BELLE AMIE" plus Shaw not Shore. My brain was addled.

Today it was Vivaldi and Shostakovich via Classic FM.

Beeb 2 was all talk for some reason.

Frank.

Cold frame sighting and building.

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 11:07

Nin, I would say well done as a gardener with a large greenhouse and plenty of room it is still hard work, for you with none of those things and to succeed is a labour of love indeed.

Yes the frame will do nicely and toughened glass is OK with no children about, I have young grandchildren and have to watch them near the greenhouse. Up against the wall will as you say give residual heat, you will find you need to remove the glass early morning or at least lift it on blocks to let the air in, put it all back in the evening and if there looks like a frost then a couple of feet of bubble wrap or blanket is reasonable in price and worth pounds in saved plants, lift that as soon as the day warms up.

Some people seem to make progress against all odds you appear to be one of them, good luck and one more thought a cold frame can also be made from old cardboard boxes with some plastic sheet stretched over, we gardeners make do and mend on occasion.

Frank.

Cold frame sighting and building.

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 10:22

Nin, A question. Do you have a greenhouse? some of those things you have grown need cover until we get the hot weather at least. Most people would site the cold frame next to the greenhouse for ease of moving stuff in and out as does Monty on GW.

The idea of a cold frame is to ease the plants from the warmth of its birth to a place where it can be hardened to the weather so on normal days the glass would be opened cold wet days kept closed or just an inch open to breath.

Glass needs to be in frames as it is easily broken and not a good thing if children are around, most use plastic the idea is the plants are on the soil usually much warmer than high up on a shelf so do not need much insulation. Up against a wall would be good, some sunshine also good, they are shaded by the wall of the cold frame. a warning, watch out for snails and slugs.

Frank.

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