Latest posts by Palaisglide

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 09:39

The sun shines down on Stockton's fields, the birds feed hungrily on the hedgerow berries, the squirrels dash up the garden fences collecting for their winter larder, tis Autumn and a typical scene for the time of year. The inland frost gave us a miss thanks to the North Sea our winter radiator and summer fridge. Our North East has a lot going for it.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 09:20

Star gaze Lily I say, such Language, Len would have said "Well pickle me walnuts, that was a longer walk than the Old Kent Road" saying which my language has been some what army at times.

Aston is a top runner because he is young and acrobatic what ever that has to do with Ballroom Dancing, I like Gemma but do not think she will survive the lifts she is a well made girl. Jonny has the determination and Mollie got a wake up call last night, some of the not quite there dancers will probably come to the fore as they progress, anyones guess.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 21:10

Talk about over kill, the costumes were outlandish, the acting pure ham, the dancing barely existing. Head Judge was correct in saying she wanted some dancing as well as a so called performance, it was not my cup of tea when combined with music that was unrecognisable although the singers did their best as usual. OK rant over.

Debby deserved top spot, a well performed dance with proper content and steps, Susan makes me smile and not in a bad way Gemma puts her heart into it although she got some of it wrong. The dance off was a shock the right one went and I am with Obelixx those silly supposedly surprise episodes in the training period want scrapping. Definitely a show of two halves now, those who can and those who cannot.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 10:05

Woke up the usual time, looked at the clock which resets itself for time shifts and realised my body was saying breakfast time although the clock was saying it is only six thirty? What to do? I did try laying a while, the bedroom meanwhile lit up like a stage set what a difference going back an hour makes.

The sun is shining, the Coastal front is over the Coast, I can see the Hills across the Valley and it is definitely warmer at the moment, will it stay this way in Stockton N.E.? we will see.


Potting bench opinions...

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 09:54

The saying goes needs must. Where I have not had the facility's I have now it was make do and mend one season I used the wheel barrow, tip the compost in and using one of those plastic kneel and stool things would sit potting on or sowing seeds, it did the job at the time. Once settled where I am now then came the Rolls Royce of benches, radio, tea maker come steamer and a facility for moving outside when the N.E. weather allowed such luxury. Gardeners have always been make do and mend people, watching my Father as he knocked things up, Hyponic Tomato's before it was invented, home built greenhouses and heating system, Hot boxes to name but a few. There is always a way and often the cheapest way is the best.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 09:57

Stockton N.E. Definitely cooler although fairly bright, a Northerly wind and the Coastal front is well inland where it certainly looks darker. A proper Autumn day in these parts I would say, the trees are really shedding leaves now.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 27/10/2017 at 10:08

Stockton N.E. Same as you GWRS woke up thinking I had slept in it was so light, The garden is lapping up the sunshine and you can see the plants turning their faces to the sunshine, me too.

GWRS I have to put N.E. as I am confused as to where we actually are on the map. I was born in County Durham, then this part became Teesside as we were taken over by Middlesbrough, that changed to Stockton Borough much to the horror of places such as Yarm Billingham and other parts once their own people. Now we appear to be Durham Tees Valley if you are to believe the nearly defunct Airport and yet appear to have changed back to Stockton with no other designation that I am aware of. All that yet never moving more than three miles from where i was born. Am I stateless i ask?



Posted: 27/10/2017 at 09:53

Iamweedy, we have a fuchsia nursery up here in the N.E. and the variety is endless, it also means we get plants that are used to our often chaotic weather as the North Sea and Westerly systems fight it out. My plants are well over thirty years old and apart from a good haircut around now and then a trim down in spring that is all I do. My problem is more stopping them taking over the whole garden so they may also get a summer trim. A good mulch once a year some water when it is too dry that is all, they certainly keep the area weed free. A lovely long flowering period in summer and Autumn is my reward and long may that be so.


Peony plant. Is it dying?

Posted: 27/10/2017 at 09:38

Melissa, My Peony's are well established bushes that have been in years, after cutting off the flowering stalks once the flowers are finished I leave well alone. In time the leaves turn brown the stalks wither but i leave the top alone as a frost guard over the root stock.

In Spring as Dove says you will see life begin with what look like red buds that is when I carefully cut back all the old growth and with a small brush clean around those buds. Then put a good mulch around the root stock but not touching it, I put some of my Compost mixed with a handful of granular fertiliser and water it in. The only other thing I do is once the new growth starts to spring up put in some support for when it flowers those heads are big and heavy, we usually get the winds that time of years and your lovely flower heads will fall down. Once I see the buds I string between the stakes criss crossing the string and find it keeps the heads up. Hopes this helps.



Posted: 26/10/2017 at 11:33

Hardy outdoor Fuchsia can go straight into the garden where they will bush up. my oldest one around thirty years is still flowering it stands almost five feet high and around five feet across, the other two around fifteen years old also reach a good height. The top growth is left until spring then cut right back by then it will look almost dead a bunch of dry twigs but as the weather warms you will see the buds on those twigs fatten and grow to come into bloom late July and through until the first frost. 

The reason I cut back in Spring rather than now is as a frost guard for the root ball, my plants have gone through some bad winters here in the N.E. and always come back stronger each year. The oldest one was a cutting from a very old plant in the first place as were my Peony's I like old fashioned plants. You can put the plants in containers in a sheltered place and leave them until spring, if they look dead believe me they are not, they will awaken again in spring warmth, tough old plants indeed.


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