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Latest posts by Palaisglide

Longest lived plant

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 20:41

"Well" does this count? I have a Peony cutting in my garden that came from Dads Garden, he knew it as a child and it was a mature bush then we think it went into the garden pre 1900 possibly 10-20 years prior so does a cutting count.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 11:39

It is a dance competition for people who dance or I should say danced, a very niche pastime now for proper dancing couples. It is a TV show for the rest hence Judy and Alison still being in the show. I love them both but do not expect to see dancing, Caroline now there you see real dancing, watch the feet.

My own Grandchildren following in Granddad and Nana's footsteps go to ball room dancing classes which have full capacity, they are very good I watch the video's, children dance naturally, my Daughter is also learning  at a dance school and go on Dance cruises or Hotel breaks, I can see the difference between those learning early and those later, not as stiff as Judy but not free and easy either. I do think some of the professional dancers will not be there next year, the young ones are more energetic which seems to be what people want?


Strictly 2014

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 10:04

"Phew" thank goodness Scott has gone and he thought he was good?? Judy, well for some reason the public keep voting her in and it is their choice, when it comes to the bigger show dances then Judy will go as will Alison, she is fun but has come to the end of the line, Asjaz is never going to lift her is he. Still Caroline for me among the men I am turning towards Simon, he is definitely improving.

Well said Dove, some of us do watch the dancing feet and judge from that. Good Dancers through my Dancing life came in all sizes and shapes the best not being the most glamorous and some of the bigger girls very light on their feet. Watch the dancing I say.


Carrot bed

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 12:09

I grow my carrots in pots that way I can mix a fine compost with washed sand and lift them onto a bench away from low flying carrot fly. Get some bags of washed sand and some bags of compost mix the two together and add to your raised bed, that should do the trick. You could also sow small carrots which to me taste better and do not need such a deep bed. Good luck.


Bonkers weather

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 13:13

Just in from the garden on a warm sunny 1st November, Bush Fuchsia still in full bloom with the insects making hay while the sun shines. Noticed something odd under an outside bench I had cleaned and put my Strawberries in pots away for the winter, some have flowers on and one a ripening fruit, it is indeed barmy weather in both meanings of the word.

Getting ready for a family party now, may be slightly the worse for wear when I get home.


Hot composting

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 23:42

Hostafan, something with a nice tight cap will stop the smell and keep the flies out, saying that with a watering can you will not need the funnel-- to stop the splashes of course.


The Supernatural

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 10:23

My thoughts are we all have more senses than people think, it does not stop at 5 or 6 or more. I always obeyed the hairs on my neck which did stand up telling you to back off, pretty handy as a Soldier. Mother was fey but did not talk about it and I do believe children are born with knowledge that leaves them as they get older, probably an ancient defence mechanism who knows. Things have happened that make me stop and think and you keep quiet because people may or may not mock you. All I will say I knew to the second when my Mother died though I was not with her and also to the second when my mother in law died, she was here in a dementia ward and I was in Cyprus. She knew no one but when I went in her hand would come out and she would whisper "I knew you would come Charles" ? she lost three boy friends during the first world war but who Charles was we never knew, she just hung on to my hand until we had to leave.  What do we know, you cannot destroy energy and that last spark must be there with us as it leaves the body for the last time. more things in heaven and on earth as they say.



Posted: 31/10/2014 at 00:16

Digger, that sounds petty to me, I am half Yorkshire and heard it all, big oh the arm big oh the head tight oh the pocket, you laugh it off.

This week the regulars including me replied to a lady with a broken tree, Various compost and leaf mould queries, Chrysanthemum and lawn plus how to take cuttings and should someone plant a Victoria Plum and it is only Thursday. Many other queries got multiple replies and yes there was some chit chat at the same time, if you had ever been on an allotment you would know that they work hard and talk often, as they have a communal tea break every subject under the sun comes up as well as gardening. When I write in reply I do not expect any come back though it is nice to get a thank you which often happens, three times to me this week. The colleges now know this forum is a hot bed of information and again this week we were asked for information from a student who got lots of answers. Clique? a harsh word not earned by the people on here who give time and patience answering the same questions over and over why? because we too were once rookies.



Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 19:58

I know what you mean Verdun, getting people to do what they really do not wish to do needs at times aggressive behaviour. I would start with explanation as to why as voluntary compliance is always best if that failed it came down to a full order with the backing of Queens regulations. On a couple of occasions it came down to jacket off in the Gym, I am a big lad who boxed, no contest as they say. Out of the Army as a manager of a heavy maintenance squad I mellowed to full explanations then expectation the people would do as required if not then the full weight off my soft voiced dissemination of their behaviour, it rarely came to that. Talking it out face to face was often the best way and you would find the behaviour was down to some other problem. We never really know why people behave the way the do  but then we all carry baggage.

Frank. PS see you at the Party, I will be the very good looking Zombie.

Can I save this tree?

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 15:44

Hannah, I blew the picture up trying to make out what it is, the nearest I can come up with is Cedrus atlantica Blue Atlas Cedar a silvery blue foliage that is really bright in spring and will have cones in Autumn. that is a guess. The bad news is on the blown up picture the damage looks bad and the other side branch could also come down in a high wind. It is a ragged tear which could allow water to lay  and slowly rot the wound.

It could be sawn off on a slope at the wound taking the other side branch off then allowed to grow on or pollade  over a good period of time the lower branches will grow up. It is really up to you whether the tree is worth saving as it will look odd for a year or so, but nature can recover, it just takes time.


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Grew up with them then could not get them 
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