Latest posts by Palaisglide


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 14:11

Shortly after posting my world went black with a vengeance, some one opened the taps and down it came, the road was a river, it is all downhill from here but the wind was driving the water uphill, never seen anything like it.

Verdun you may well have got rid of my namesake though I will still be around to purge you of pernicious thoughts.


Gentle advice ... for an old newbie.

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 12:47

Know how you feel Andi, my boss, critic and colour specialist was taken from me nearly five years ago and it makes you feel things are not worth bothering about. I did have a good start with mature shrubs and bushes underpinned by deeply set bulbs of all kind which suddenly appear surprising you, a small clump of snowdrops is now a bed and start my year for me once again. Bedding plants fill spaces with the help of my Daughter who goes for scented plants putting sweet peas next to where we can sit and enjoy the scent and the sun, after all gardening is as much sitting and looking as breaking your back. My advice is deep plant bulbs of all kinds and fill in with your own seed and bedding plants. I prune the roses with a hedge trimmer (my old dad would have crucified me) they come again year by year, the shrubs and bushes get the same. The Dutch hoe is with me all the time, ten minutes a day as you walk round the garden saves a lot of hard work later. Mulches suppress weeds and feed the soil. I have a proper nursery near me so the odd pot plant is procured and sunk in place to liven up a dull spot. Like you probably I was nurtured by an old time gardener feeding us from a garden with no modern aids, he would probably frown at me now but we need to cut down the hard graft into doable sections. Best of luck/



Posted: 30/12/2015 at 12:20

Well Verdun, I am raging around the area bending trees double and moving detritus out to sea, blasting the clouds across the sky at the speed of sound and all this whilst clutching a mug of warming tea. Beware Frank when he is slightly annoyed. On a more sombre note I really do feel for the people over on the West side of the Country suffering horrendous floods, I hope it ends soon.



Posted: 29/12/2015 at 22:54

No Verdun we can sugest, when they actually do get sown is then up to them. Who among us have not sown early then cursed as a month of frost wrecked our initial joy. We who have lived long enough know Verdun is correct, this is the good old British unpredictable weather or else unknowingly we had climate change before it was invented. If we on our small Island think we can change things I say read the world news, Asia will put seven million vehicles on the road and light up a coal fired power station every month. How can we stop that i ask ?


Posted: 29/12/2015 at 19:27

Stand by folks, I am on my way, move in, cause chaos, move on, story of my life.



Posted: 29/12/2015 at 10:03

They need light as well as heat, the days are drawing out now but still not enough hours of light. Have sown early and late they all ripen around the same time so patience my friend. Was still eating the last of mine late October from Spring sowing.



Posted: 28/12/2015 at 18:05

Shrinking Violet, more like Zeus, Helios or Hades, they were all getting a bit upperty when i came down from Mount Olympus. Helios had his war paint on, i told him pink lipstick was out of fashion.



Posted: 28/12/2015 at 17:53

Dove,  you been reading my mail again, though Frank is already here and if you notice the weather fronts break right and left around my neck of the woods. Do not get that guy wound up is the message. King Canute is alive and well but this one really works.


The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 11:35

To right David, I remember you on your knees tears in your eye's, goodness knows what else you were doing down there probably planting Sweet Peas. Went on the History board in the year 2000 as a researcher often having to sort truth from hearsay, now on the local history board which looks as if it will join up with the National Libraries History Board shortly, not many of us left David with experience of tin baths dig for victory and (whisper) exchanging pieces of our own bacon for tea sugar etc.

Gardening changes has modes then comes back to basics, all our market gardens have long gone and yet they are returning with local Farm shops making good business and us old gardeners know when the food is fresh from the ground plus the taste, I say thank goodness for that.


The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 10:23

A Beeb Poster for years History Gardening Dancing where the mad Northern Knights advanced South to guard Erin Boag, fun times and much misery when it all came to an end. We just ignored the trolls that sends them mad and on this board you can turn people off if you do not like them. Friends shot off to various boards and I dithered a bit before coming on here after seeing genuine young gardeners needing advice, it is freely given and then up to them whether they take it (double digging discussion). I answer the same questions over and over because some cannot find the old posts and do need to know. Often I just hover reading the old hands little tiffs, some I will never understand they are off in the woods with the fairies, mainly though new faces arrive find we do not bite and stay, that is as it should be.


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