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Latest posts by Palaisglide

Rose of Sharon,Hypericum androsaemum

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 12:49

Alan, Monty moved a whole garden full of roses last night and the advice is always the same, cut them down about two thirds, remove any spindly or ingrowing stems then dig out a good sized root ball carefully, pull the bush clear and drop straight into a plastic bag to keep root ball from drying out. Not sure about splitting never having done it with roses though I have successfully with many other shrubs. As with all moves keeping he plant well watered after moving is essential.


Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 12:23

See what I mean Verdun, an expert in my book is two pages further into the manual than you are?

Weather news, bright sunny morning on Teesside although some lingering cloud to the west, we could get it yet. E-mail from Daughter in Greece, cold wet and windy, told her to save her money and crash out in her garden.


Rose help

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 12:16

I take the hedge trimmer to all my roses and take them down a third after flowering, that is enough to stop wind rocking, in Spring they get a proper pruning and as they are mostly old roses it works. If there is any compost left a mulch round the root ball not touching the stems and in Spring feed a good rose fertiliser and more mulch. I remove any spotted leaves, a weekly inspection will do and burn the leaves, any dropped then get them up and burn them.


Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 12:07

"Ginglygangly" Pauline is the posters name on here not a place, probably chosen because the Forum kept refusing every name she tried as with me above. After trying a dozen times and being told it was already taken I was looking at some old photo's one showing me doing the Palais Glide in Port Said, in it went and accepted. Problem, now all the posters think I am a dance expert??


Strictly 2014

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 11:59

SGL, never could control my eye's, they have a life of their own as much as I try to ignore their wanderings, Joan could though, a sharp slap on the lug and they were front and centre instantly. I do ask am I the only one with Len who watches the feet??


PS When I danced the Rumba with Flo we got an audience, not watching me but Flo had a body that could Rumba and make men salivate, not me I was a lad still believing in birds and bees, well that is my excuse.


Posted: 22/10/2014 at 10:35

Pauline Chrysanthemums are normally produced from the last years root stock, yours are late flowering so the plants would be left until May then cuttings taken, usually fresh growth from the base of the plant potted up and grown on, the original root then discarded. Saying that you can leave them until after this years flowers and in late Spring cut them down leaving the new growth and shoots to grow on, my Father did it both ways and he showed his Chrysanthemums. I do it by taking fresh cuttings and leave the root stock until the cuttings have matured, the fresh growth should be free from disease. They are fussy plants if grown for show, probably the reason I put them in and let them do their own thing apart from the annual cutting down. I do not like fuss.


Monty don new series

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 10:19

I am with Beaus Mum, the idea is not to compare programmes but enjoy the ones you like and turn off the ones you do not, I do this with some of the latest make overs as not practical  and costly. All Monty's clients have under estimated the cost although seem happy to pay for what they want. The only free garden is Nature, the woods hedgerows and area's not touched by man, yet they still need some management that will cost money so really not free at all. Monty dealt with a chap who had a dream which he was not going to alter and did it gently, off came the coat and he got stuck in when he saw the struggle with the pond and although it was not exactly to plan there was room to develop over the next year. We all have dreams, they will not be handed to us on a plate we have to work for them, nothing comes free.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 09:57

For goodness sake, will you school girl gigglers stop it and watch the feet not the face. As a lad at the big boys dance I danced with a lady who taught at the dancing school we always did the Tango and Rumba which was all the latin we saw apart from Carman Miranda doing Samba on the films. My mates would kid me up, "you can do better than her, she has a face like the back of a bus" my reply would be, "who cares, it is all about the dance and boy can she dance" they just never got it.

I would never watch it though Jake in his day job seems to be a bit of a bad lad, he probably cannot separate the two. Still Caroline for me, oh those legs "oops" I mean feet.


What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 00:24

Lorna Doone by Richard Doddridge Blackmore. I had been an avid reader of Dumas The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, plus books like Beau Geste, and such. Starting High School my English teacher Miss English believe it or not made me read Lorna Doone, forbidden love at East Lyn Exmoor and it registered. I am sure Lorna was my first real love or should that be virtual love. One of the few books I read more than once, probably because I had that and a Bible with me in the Desert. On the long nights laagered down at sunset to dawn I would read to the crews as all paper got used apart from the bible and Lorna my vicious threats to any one who touched Lorna for any reason also kept the book in one piece.

I blame that teacher and that book for setting me off on my writings, she saw something even I did not see until years later when I rediscovered good literature once more, it sent me off on paths I would not have travelled. Now I have a virtual Friend who lives on Exmoor very near Doone country, strange things do happen.


Monty don new series

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 14:28

Insulted Alan, who among us has not been hit by the weather, late delivery, people not doing what they say they will, I have been in much safer minefields when it comes to planning gardens. A wedding coming up plenty of time we will have the garden made over for some photo's, then it happened, I am on top of a hill never flood but it did and ended up with a mass of plants in pots and me in my father of the bride suit having to be dragged off to the car, wife not happy with muddy shoes. It happens Alan and those people last night suffered some bad weather too, no such thing as a fast track garden make over, plan at least two years before the event but we do not do we.

I am with you on the football, Sunderland losing 8-0 though at least the Boro won, for once. I gave up a long time ago.


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