Latest posts by Palaisglide

New wall planters need advice on planting them up :)

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 12:26

BL, your fingers are younger than mine so you got in before me just. But then I have two washes drying in breezy sunshine, I see by the weather thread that we are one up on you, wiping the grin off my face so put the brush away.


New wall planters need advice on planting them up :)

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 11:09

BL pinched my tip, paint the wall with masonary paint then add a trellis with larger planters at the base and a mix of climbers. Your boxes can be lined with plastic, old compost bags say, drill drainage holes in the base fill with compost and annuals with a couple of trailing plants to hang over the sides. Netting fixed to the wall can also be used as both a screen and support for climbers. You do not have to live with a bad feature, change it or as the army would say camouflage it.


What is your weather like?

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 10:16

Stockton on Tees, clear azure blue sky and sunshine. Clear towards Durham and Newcastle, I can see the snow on the Cleveland hills ten miles across the valley, the Coastal front usually above us is absent but boy is it cold. Gardening? Another week.


In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 12:41

Yviestevie, Lyn, My head will be in my hands if they see I spelt Rachael wrongly, oops.   

My hobby was reviving very dead looking plants for Daughters and Granddaughters, now somewhere in the EU rules will be one forbidding me to do that, my answer is two fingers, we should do what other members do and cherry pick the rules we will obey.

As I have said my vote goes with my own family which is in, it is what they think that counts, they have to live with it.


In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 11:27

Simon, the short answer is no, the odd dying plant in a pot that ends up in my A&E greenhouse to be revived, brought back to health, sent back to die again. Keeps me busy and them happy. As with all modern's they have diaries with thirty hour days? Sarah checking hers yesterday took a Tome out of a volumous bag, she must have a deformed back with all that weight. Wonderful girls who visit most weeks and phone in between, they lift my spirits with their erudite chatter, laughter, and memories of Nana they still talk about. It is indeed their world, my time has gone, will they make a worse mess of things than we did? Time will tell.


In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 10:57

Saturday, always a big day for family here only they all have colds, two of my grandchildren arrived and amid a flurry of sandwich making we sttled down to talking. They are both University educated, both in good jobs their own flats and cars, right girls how do I vote, in or out? Quizical looks from both then in unison IN, why, I then got a lecture on why causing gentle argument on my part until Sarah capped it. Granddad, this country took in hundreds of thousands of refugees after your war? (My war) Poles Check people from the then Empire, Indian, African plus lots of the displaced people wandering Europe back then. (May just as well said the olden days) Then Hungarians not counting nurses from all nations Doctors, true the doctor who cured my cancer Mr Agarwal is from the Middle East, their logic floored me and I gave up. This is their world, they have to live in it, borders mean nothing to them and the final statement was, lots of the people coming from war zones are the educated with prospects of jobs, Raechel said the firm she works for cannot get enough experienced people? I gave up. What do we know? My vote will now be yes for the young of this Country, retired as I am let the youngsters rule, make their own world as they see it.

The end, Frank.

Quickest way to raise peonies from seeds please

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 11:06

Hostafan, unlike the young today I was taught patience, if it is worth having it is worth waiting for. Gardening was always that way, you plant a spling for your children not yourself with plants you sow or plant progresively. That should be Sapling, my i pad is acting up.

We plan for years ahead, watch wait and enjoy when it all comes to fruition, I blame those b---- tv make over programmes, instant everything, why? What is the joy in that and more important what do you do with the time you saved?


Quickest way to raise peonies from seeds please

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 10:34

Having lived with Paeonia all my long life from a time huge clumps flowered above my head I came to love them although they are the most stubborn plants ever.

Sow seed into pots of seed compost then put in a cold frame in September, the seedlings should be ready to put in a nursery bed by late spring the next year. Leave them for four or five years when they should have a decent root ball and can be put where required. My last planting a cutting of Rubra Plena took seven years from rooting to flower. I have a mix none blue or even near blue and of them all the deep red are my favourite.

When transplanting dig a deep hole and incorparate manure and bone meal, plant so the top of the root ball is level with the soil around it. Mulch away from the root in a circle around it and then wait, it can take up to three years for it to settle and flower again. No quick ways with paeonia i am afraid.


In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 19:22

Hostofan, I remember being outside the EU, high inflation, shortages, unemployment, the pound being of low value, it was not good for and like today fat cats got fatter. We joined and broke with our old friends causing them misery as they had to find new markets, they managed but would they look on us now with favour? We joined the monitary union and got our fingers burnt, now our pound is making the Euro look weak. My time was all things German were looked on with hatred, all things French dispised, that was the mindset for years after the war, we in voters back then probably thought we could hold the reins instead we got the manure bucket. My problem is I say out but my children and grandchildren are dithering. It is their europe now, I will vote the way they wish to go.

Excuse the typo's my i pad freezes if i try correcting things. Frank

Heavy clay soil

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 15:49

It is all down to hard work, one garden I had got truck loads of manure and grit, waste paper old woollens cardboard and anything else I could lay hands on. After three years as we marched out it was workable for the ones marching in. What got me some plants was digging the clay out just larger than the plant root filling with good compost and grit the planting, they mainly thrived, root vegetables went into raised beds, there after I took soil samples and also carried a compas, thus my South West facing garden with friable soil. You live and learn.


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