Latest posts by Palaisglide


Posted: 26/05/2016 at 11:14

PP "err yes, um I think? maybe" having seen my Eden, a micro dot of perfection in the middle of an arid Desert produced and looked after by gardeners supreme all in uniform I do know they can exist, still move on.

Last night drove me crackers, men in dresses apart from Scots make me foam at the mouth and he-she was on every few minutes, I turned the sound off until the end and only just prevented myself from throwing my I-Pad at the screen then on again with Monty talking a load of artistic twaddle we not in the club do not understand. The background noise even to me with clay ears was horrific AND there is plenty to see at Chelsea without going into background stories over and over, I think it time ITV took over we would only have to switch the adverts off. Carol Sophie and Monty yes the rest time to go, Joe was talking Monty down all night and his interviews are 75% Joe 25% person being interviewed, please can we have more of the actual people building the gardens and less idle me me me from the presenters.

OK that is off my chest back to placid Frank, I love the thought we Brits can produce a Garden show noted world wide, Gardeners who can produce plants of such beauty and gardens that make us dream then go out and try to emulate, in my case never managed that yet probably never will as age slows me down. Still we can all dream.


What is your weather like?

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 13:39

The North Sea strikes again here in the NE, the cold damp mist spews into Tees Bay and up the Tees Valley shrouding us in cold damp miserable definitely none gardening weather. One thing after another, first the flipping Vikings and now this, roll on Global Warming I say.



Posted: 25/05/2016 at 13:33

Hazel this thread makes me smile stop worrying.Some said they switched to BGT??? I would rather watch a programme on sewerage than watch that, then we get big words I have to Google like Provocative and Evocative the brain sizzles. Love it or hate it Chelsea is a class show, that is when the continuous chatter stops and we are allowed to look and wonder. Joe Swift I could do without, he could not help but strut after he got the winner for gold over Monty who just gave that enigmatic smile I knew exactly what he was thinking. Apart from Kate Aide they could drop most of the interviews and let us see the gardens in detail. Had to admit the garden in the Main Pavilion was superb, looking forward to tonight's show when we see who got the golds.

Moan groan laugh with delight there is something for everyone at Chelsea and anyone who has been will tell you we have the best seat watching the TV.


Chelsea 2016: Modern Slavery Garden. WTF?

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 12:25

Are they gardens or pictures to hang on a wall. We gardeners never have everything ready at once it is impossible so Chelsea is a garden of dreams and fleeting ones at that. As to making a point the press took the designer of the slave garden to task at the weekend, why? every other garden is making some sort of point lets face it how long could you live with some of them, as to swiveling trees no thanks.

Watching the parade of fading so called Celebs reminded me of the strutting Peacocks I saw standing Guard at Brancepeth Castle, they ruled the roost unlike the people trying hard to get themselves noticed. My way would be to select brilliant Gardeners from all walks of life for the Queens private viewing much more realistic.

Too much talk not enough showing of the small gardens and for the BBC too much advertising, only my opinion of course you are allowed to differ.



Posted: 21/05/2016 at 11:35

"J" you made me laugh as a picture of your Gran whipping the sheets out from under your Dad and his Sister without waking them, and even more so imagining her sneaking them back.


Question about small growhouses

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 11:15

Paul Tomato's need an ambient temperature it is more important than anything else and the night temperature can sink quite quickly. Leave them open until around six at night then close to keep up the heat, a couple of house bricks in the base or up against a solid wall helps as they take in daytime heat and give it back at night. Once the fruit is well set then they need lots of sun to ripen which is why most gardeners remove leaves that shade the fruit. Good luck.



Posted: 21/05/2016 at 11:01

My first memory was the wooden Poss tub with wooden peg posser in the wash house a massive cast iron Mangle and the pot bellied boiler. Monday was wash day sunny or wet winter and summer, in the low roof racks for hanging clothes to dry you lowered them on ropes then hauled them up to dry and with the big boiler with open fire dry they did. Then she got all new, a nice new metal tub, new copper poss stick with a bell shaped end with holes in it certainly stirred the sunlight soap into foam, the tub sat on a frame of a lightweight ringer with rubber rolls and that was it until well after the war. I remember scraping huge blocks of sunlight soap with a grater to make flakes for the wash.

On the same day Mother made the bread, the steam in the wash house made it rise then I would help knead it roll it cut it and put it into the bread tins, the best bread I ever ate.

They were not women back then but Amazons, full of life and never wasting a minute right up to 83 when she passed on.



Posted: 21/05/2016 at 10:48

This thread is going down the pan Ladies Jewels and such. Starting my High School on crutches which started some bullying from upper forms I told Dad school was finished not going back. He burst out laughing, you have a pair of crutches a large cast with an iron on your foot, belt them in the Testimonials they will not come back twice. Belt them in the testimonials??? "oh we were so innocent" I thought it meant kick their school satchels all over, they must keep their testimonials in them? A week or so later I had to take a letter home it read "Please ask your Son to refrain from using his crutches as deadly weapons", end of bullying.


Talkback: Five types of peony

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 19:58

Jan Hove, How lacy are the leaves. With red flowers and multi petals it could well be

Paeonia Officinalis Rubra-Plena I have two one large bush with thin bifurcated leaves a very old type which most others could originate from. Also with lacy leaves Lactiflora and Lutea, though without a picture we are guessing.

Paeonia can have a single flower in the first year then nothing for four years one of my smaller shrubs did that but now has full bloom.


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Posted: 19/05/2016 at 11:37

Plant Pauper, I will loan you my little Tank, a gentle crush puts them off parking where they should not.


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