Latest posts by Palaisglide


Posted: 15/04/2014 at 09:40

Rosemummy "Paeonia" can self seed it would take several years before you had a plant and it would not come true in most cases. They can Layer themselves though usually need help and they can be divided, if in the digging of the drains a bit was cut off with dormant buds then cast aside it could be the answer.

My Paeonia have been in the same spots for well over thirty years and one a Rubra red is a cutting from a plant put in before my Father was born that would make it over a hundred years old.

When starting they can disappear in the case of one of mine for two years then it suddenly bushed again and had flowers now it is a normal plant after thinking I had lost it.

If you dig them out to place them in a better position they want to be out of the early morning sun frost damage can be caused by rapid thaw. Make sure the plant is at the same level they do not like the root crown covered once they grow. Fertilize with a ring of manure or good compost around the crown and not on it, no need to dig it in as that could cause root damage. Tall varieties need staking, once flowered leave the foliage over winter as a frost guard for the crown.

If you are using cut flowers it is best to cut them just before the petals open then lay flat in a cool place for a day then cut a bit more from the stem and place in a bucket of water, once in a vase they will last a lot longer.


Protecting railway sleepers, what have you used?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 13:00

My question is why????

The sleepers will have been pressure tannalised which will last for years gradually mellowing with time. You buy sleepers as a focus point lifting plants to a higher viewing point, if you want fancy colours then do not waste money, build raised boxes and paint them. Remember the paint as with a fence will need renewing every couple of years to keep it looking fresh, once started it becomes a continuous job.

Run ferns and lichens over the edges of the sleepers to soften them, ivy and creeping plants trailing down will give colour, you could always do what the railway do and tar them, OK silly though I think you would live to regret painting them.


Expensive gardening mistake - help needed

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 09:42

We have all done it, what looks good on paper turns out to be a disasterrrr darling.

Quick fix and now is the time to do it, buy and scatter some wild meadow seed plenty of it after raking the bank into a semblance of order, the growth quite rapid will stabilise the soil and hold it in position, how else do banks work in nature the grass sod holds it.

Add some shrubs in pockets along the bank even in pots if you have to, a couple of taller ornamental grasses will take root in time.

The green bit at the bottom of the bank near the building could be paved or gravelled, it looks as if you could get some posts in there near the bank to hold a gravel board, all those things will help and it time you will wonder what the fuss was about.

Alternatively hire a JCB and dig a canal through the middle to the nearest water way for the boat, just a thought.


Tap water

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 17:48

Kevin, the removal of calcite from water is an expensive process often including filters with de-ionising crystals or acid with filters to remove the acid and calcite dangerous and expensive.

The answer is install extra water tubs to collect rain water and use only on the Azaleas and Rhododendrons cheap safe and by far the best way.

Water for your general plants can be put out in buckets and left to gas off for a few days, A tub half full of fine gravel and sand can be used to filter off some of the calcite which is soluble in water, the tap at the base will need a filter to stop the sand clogging it.

As an engineer at ICI with boilers needing super soft water we had a water softening plant larger than the boilers and we have very soft water in this area, self cleaning is really not an option.


Problems with private messages

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:42

I sent a PM to a friend and it was answered.

I saw the answer because I looked for it though one day later I opened the laptop and there was the normal notification so it must be working.



Posted: 12/04/2014 at 14:36

Highland Jeannie,

I have written a PM to you as a trial it all worked and has gone off so check it out and see, you should get a heads up notice from GW.



Posted: 12/04/2014 at 14:03

Highland Jeannie and Dove, Thank you for the kind thoughts and must admit never thought any one would miss me.

It was two PM's that gave me the heads up the ladies seemed worried so I replied on PM's then it broke so blame me.

Been busy on local History and family history, my lot suddenly discovered whilst looking through the family albums they did not know half the people in them hence the long hours of writing and printing photo's explanations and family trees, they have all disappeared to Blackpool this week and will be dancing in the Tower Ballroom later. Something else they have discovered, they never wanted to know when Joan and I danced, old hat they said as they gyrated around their hand bags to the latest boy band fashion?? now they all go to dancing class which lead to Cruises and Hotel dance sessions with live bands, they now realise what they missed.

All things come around as they say and watching my family turn into mum and dad late in their lives makes me smile secretly.


Laying turf over old turf?

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 12:04

Whom ever said gardening was easy? well it is not and lawn laying can be heavy work, think about it once laid properly it will last years my front lawn is 30 years old and with careful maintenance as good as any in the area. Last year on a programme about bodged workmanship they showed some gardens where a chap had laid lawn, basically he rotovated the old grass raked it out and laid the rolls of new on top, it was a total failure and when asked said well it should have worked.

A lawn like a dog is for life and worth the effort of correctly laying it down, you can also get grass rolls to suit all purposes Bowling green down to Dogs and Kids, no point in putting down a bowling green for the latter two.

It is a good time to put down a lawn although my side lawn was put down in December and is now nearly eight years old, so apart from a very hard winter it can work.

The old grass can be lifted stacked in a corner for a couple of years and you will have a wonderful potting media. A few bags of top soil or compost raked out and left to settle then choose the correct mix of grass for your purpose and roll it out and  water it well for a week or more depending on the weather. No it is not easy but well worth the effort, my lawns will see me out.


Saving rotten wooden trellises

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:25

These days you can get metal or plastic pergola's although it could be replaced with wood.

You could rebuild around the old pergola carefully transfer and tie in the Wisteria and then remove the old one in bits.

You could build a wigwam of poles either side pull back and tie in the wisteria to the poles then rebuild your pergola and replace the wisteria, there would be disturbance what ever you do although keeping the wisteria upright would be the lesser of the evils.

The old one has to go and it may set back the climber a little but at least after a year it will still be strong and lovely to look at, plus of course no danger of the lot falling on your head as you walk under it. Take the bull by the horns and get stuck in.


watering systems for holiday periods

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 10:55

Not much choice then Marion, I have a watering system bought twenty years ago when friends let me down (forgot they had promised to water) still works well but fiddly to set up.

Collect anything that will hold water old washing up bowls buckets plastic trays even cardboard boxes with cling film or plastic inside. Buy a bag of fine gravel cover the bottom of the boxes etc. then just cover with water.

Set all your pots into the boxes trays etc. packed in close then give a good watering before you leave, put a bit of shade up in case of a hot day, (you do get them in Scotland now and then) but do not cut off all light.

I also collect used lemonade bottles or plastic milk bottles, punch or drill a couple of holes in the cap fill with water then water the larger pots well and up end the bottle into the compost, as the compost dries the air gets into the bottle releasing the water slowly, it works for me in outside pots and hanging baskets.

You may find it policy to leave the vents and door open to keep your greenhouse-- garden hut cool, less loss of water.

Hope some of this helps.

Regards Frank.

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