Latest posts by Palaisglide

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 16:29

Daydaisy. it is best to think of the good times and fun we had together with those friends now gone, Elsie was a dance partner among many. Few boys of my age learned to dance and as I also boxed any comments were made well out of hearing distance. Taking flowers for my late wife passing plots of girls I knew thinking of the fun we had has me smiling lifts the spirit. Innocence was because we knew most dads in our village owned 12 bore shotguns, we would walk back from the dance halls as a crowd, grab a quick kiss before reaching the green where the dads would be waiting, no hanky panky not that we knew what it meant. Did we have the best of it? Knowing the pressures on my Grandchildren I think it was some thing we did not have to worry about, the consequences were too horrific. Those good old days had something going for them it seems, " err" apart from the old tin bath on the back yard wall, fifth in after parents sister the dog and cat was a let down to the ego.


Will a garden get the same amount of sun each year?

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 12:00

I wish. Having a south facing garden two sides, North facing one side and East tother we get to see four differing aspects. We watch the sun get higher in the sky as the days pass to its zenith which is not what I saw in the Desert where the sun rose to a point above where for a brief moment we had no shadow. There you knew the day would be twelves hours long where as our day can be four in the morning to very late evening or eight hours in winter if you are lucky. With a south facing greenhouse if you are away for the day you plan on it being solid sunshine, vents and doors open fans set on a thermostat and the floor damped down. You come home find it was bitter cold and your tomato's leaves are blue. You cannot forecast how much sun you will get in a NE coastal region and never will. The light can be regular the sunlight hit and miss, one day at noon a few years back it was pitch black as a bad storm rolled in. I take what comes. 


Memories of your childhood gardens

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 10:05

Posy, we had a hill pony for the milk trap, a low two wheel cart you got two churns on with room to stand and drive the pony, the big girls were for the heavy work. That pony knew its round, never passed the duck pond without drinking and also knew my mother would have an apple for her in season. Uncle Arthur told me "there are no dumb animals, they have the same feelings as us"  if you watch Spy in the Wild on TV he was right.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 09:55

Stockton on Tees, very cold, Jack Frost has his icy fingers gripping the area, white rooves white grass, in fact white everything. "Oh well" nearly out of January two months to Spring in our N E corner of this Blessed Isle we hope, we have had snow before up to April.

A bit sad read in the local hatched matched dispatched one of my first girl friends had passed on, all of twelve, she was thirteen I got dragged into the bomb damaged old mill at the end of the lane and kissed, well and truly, she told me she loved me. I was in total panic because the behind the bikeshed lore said kissing a girl meant she would have a baby, yikes I ran all the way home and hid for a week. If she had a baby it should be over by then, how innocent we were. She told my wife more than once she kissed me first, women?


Memories of your childhood gardens

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 14:41

Joice I did not to go far for that smell, we had stables, i helped Dad shovel horse muck and straw through a trap door in the end wall straight into the midden.

My Mothers Uncle was the milkman the dairy farm just up the road we among the first delivery, Uncle Arthur would walk in with a jug of fresh milk for my porridge saying get that down thee lad you will need muscle for "t" tattie picken, Yorkshire born like my Mother.. Dad was from Prudhoe me born in Durham it was like being a linguist even before the Greek Latin and French started.

Holidays I would stay on the farm helping with morning milking, often drank it straight from the bucket, it was filtered and went through the cooler then delivered. Churns with dipping measures for Jill Half and Pint, the ladies brought thier own jugs to the cart. There was a Fordson Tractor but Arthur preferred his horses Suffolk Punch and Cleveland Bay. I loved horses.


Memories of your childhood gardens

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 11:41

Ours was a small holding a large walled garden every wall covered with fruit trees, I can still taste the sun warm Victoria Plums and William pears just at thier best as we picked and ate them. I too loved rhubarb and dad would cover a root with a bucket lined with straw, those first shoots poached with custard oh my. We also had pigs ducks geese hens and Dad a keen gardener feeding us and the extended family from the garden even though he had his own haulage business. It would take pages to write it all up but a lasting memory is Dad opening the garden gate saying come on girls, the ducks and geese would follow him down the lane across the village green and on to the duck pond. Dads motto was if you cannot eat it or sell it do not bother growing it. He did give me my love of Peony's Madonna lily's and pinks. A happy time.



Posted: 26/01/2017 at 10:27

Make some custard Logan, I am on my way.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 09:27

Stockton the same as all of you, dull and dour. My usual views over the Tees valley have vanished in what looks like low cloud.

The flowers that bloom in the Spring tra la will probably make it by summer.


Help, my neighbours extension has spoilt my garden!

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 15:55

That is the trouble with neighbours they insist on doing things you do not like. The roof trusses will be cut back to fit guttering. GC's have many solutions for hiding fences from trellis of all descriptions to fancy rolls of dried bamboo, paint it roll it out and fix it to the posts. At one house we lived in with a recalcetrant neighbour my way was to put a row of posts between his and a heavy duty trellis, home made higher than his much spitting of blood but you have rights as well and I was bigger than him.

Ask neighbours if they are going to paint the fence and what colour they may agree to a mutual tint, ask if you can fit vine rings to the posts there are some that stand out away from the fence I used them on a wall for fanned fruit trees. Your neighbour in his planning will not have thought of the visual trouble he would cause though they must have asked the others in the road for objections when getting the plans passed. My thinking is you have actually got more privacy, not a bad thing if you sunbathe en natural, every problem has ups as well as downs.


Lawn in shady area with poor drainage?

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 14:23

How big is the lawn going to be, how big is the garden? Lawns can be any shape or size square oblong round or serpentine. Sit and note what parts get some sun and how long it cannot all be in shade all day. The trees will soak up a lot of water, it is often arid under a tree and that kills the grass.

Could you make a serpentine grass path leading to open areas of say round patches of lawn, lets face it if you sit out it will be the warmest part of the garden. A grass path with slightly raised edging to retain the extra soil and then the turf, this would allow it to be raised above water level a bit and good turf would help. Your vegetables could also be in raised beds or pots would be enough for a family. It needs to be studied and planned, do it once the right way, saves a lot a back ache later. We gardeners have to make the best of what we have and usually succeed though a garden is never finished.


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