Latest posts by Palaisglide

Peony help!

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 10:27

Judojub, Plant it in a spot where it will get plenty of sun later in the day, mine get sun from around ten in the morning until evening. Plant it so the the top of the soil in the pot is level with the ground in its new position, do not try to cover the root ball with more soil, that would set it back. When you dig the planting hole, back fill with fresh compost if you have any and some bone meal mixed in. Firm the root ball well with your boot but keep the level. Once planted and watered in, add more water if it does not rain for a couple of weeks then leave.

Do not cut off any leaves, I leave mine on over winter as they can provide a frost guard for the root ball, cut it back in Spring when you see the new shoots coming, the top dies off and new growth comes every year. In Spring I put a thick mulch of fresh compost around the root ball not on it, the roots spread so can get the goodness washed in to the ground around. You may find it will not flower for a year or so after moving they are a bit temperamental some of mine took seven years from cutting to flower, you could be lucky and get one flower. That plant looks well established it may take off though if it does not flower be patient.

This Board is made up of gentle people we all had to learn the hard way, all made mistakes it is part of gardening, never be afraid to ask, it is what we are here for.


Myths and Legends

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 10:06

"Ne-er cast a clout til May is out" a favourite saying oop t north, does it apply to this year I ask? The Nurses in Hospital decided I needed a bed bath even though I had a bath at Christmas, stripping me they found me still wearing my woolly vest so sheared me instead. Well this year has been a bit dire even this weekend when you lot down south were sweltering we only saw a brief visitation from Mr Sunshine, have we offended him? Wearing my Panda slippers over my gardening boots at the moment.


Two thoughts for the day

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 18:57

Ladybird4, like a rubber ball I bounce and with four Daughters fussing around and Fairygirl up in Scotland I get well and truly nagged. Just sort of getting the gist of Pokemon and you throw in Loom Bands??? I weaved wire on a loom as a young apprentice it was for baskets what do you weave on a loom band?


Two thoughts for the day

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 15:26

Fairygirl/ Daughter, there was me thinking the mystery shadows on the ward wall were the results of the nine o clock cocoa, it certainly put you to sleep in time, only to be woken at odd hours to take samples or so they said, I think Ange fancied me?

Lantana, the tea bag incident threw me, what got into my brain, could it have been the porridge I ask, certainly not the rice pudding like mother made, Natale even made sure I got the skin in my bowl.

As to Pokemon, I will ask my Grandson, he will probably baffle me with science.


Two thoughts for the day

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 12:45

Ladybird4 thank you for the diagnosis that normality exists around me, having emerged from 16 days in the care of the NHS (I bless them all wonderful people) there was a doubt they may have transplanted my ancient though still active brain into one of those teenagers with abysmal knowledge of "henglish has she is spoke". We of the three R's learning back in the mists of time do have an advantage.

I read your explanation and am still somewhat mystified, released? do I take it then it, he, she, what ever was in prison? I await more information on this strange event with baited breathe.


Two thoughts for the day

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 11:37

Stupid question but then I am getting on a bit, "What is Pokemon"?

Second stupid question but as above, "Why did I drop a tea bag in my cup as well as coffee"?

Third question "am I losing it"?


What is your weather like?

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 19:15

Hello each and all, spent the last sixteen days gazing out of the window at the top of the hospital, waking up at six each day and watching the weather to the west. Each day started clear and sunny then it went downhill although that view made me realise how green Stockton on Tees actually is, makes you count your blessings. Day after I spoke to you "J" I fell owing to various infections thus my entry through A&E, the NHS care and efficiency took care of the ills though always glad to get home. Wonderful people working long shifts always short handed and using some dodgy instruments, it took three blood pressure machines one morning before one worked, the money goes in the top and never filters down to where it is needed.

Did I miss summer I ask.


Music in the Garden part 2

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 10:33

"Err" "err" P.P. Joanne was on the TV last night with Giovani dancing with some of the other Strictly dancers, channel 4 BBC The Strictly Proms. two hours of music and dance, a fantastic programme I loved it though as usual it was the feet that mattered!!!!! I kid you. Those boys and girls know how to dance and it was pure elegance. A good Orchestra Good Dancers, I was back in my youth dancing the Rumba with Ruby our local Carmen Miranda centre floor, Ruby raising the temperature among the boys watching and me blushing down to my toe nails, I needed a cold shower when she had finished dancing with me. Any one who missed it did miss a good show.


Lawn renovation questions

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 10:18

Jimmybog, quite a big order there and it has me slightly fazed. What did you use to kill the weeds? is the grass around the weeds still green or brown? two bags of moss is about normal to lift from a lawn, I put it on the compost. Feed and weed (any make it is all the same) would be applied as soon as the grass comes back to life after winter and I use soluble spread it on the lawn then water it in if it does not rain. Six weeks later do the same again, most weed including daisies and dandelions will have gone then normal cutting until Autumn. Then you spread a Winter feed and weed which is a slow release, the grass rests through winter so cannot take up too much fertiliser hence slow release. October you could rake the lawn Aerate it by prodiing all over with a fork or using an aerator tool. Prepare some sharp washed sand with compost and throw it in handfuls across the lawn, now brush it into the holes with a stiff broom then leave it. If there are bare patches scrape them with a rake spread some seed mixed with compost water in and leave. Come the Spring then renovate any bare patches remember it needs to grow and form good root before cutting with a mower, I shear the first couple of times and not too short. We used that system on our bowling greens also leveling which you can do on a normal lawn by using a long straight batton from one fixed corner and filling any dips with compost and seed. My own lawns get the treatment as above have been down years and still look good. Two rules for lawns, Do not walk on them when very wet and Do not overfeed.


What is your weather like?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 09:48

Naughty Boy Verdun, I gave them best of three falls for the cherries, I think they won?

Yes Treehugger80, the same Stockton although there are ten in England and one I know of in California.  When I visited them last we crossed the South Bay Bridge went down Durham Road to Stockton, I thought they had set it up but apparently quite a few Durham men went to California for the Gold Rush. We had a lovely meal with a German Family who were amazed we came from Stockton. Born in Norton when it was separate from Stockton an idyllic village to grow up in and now living on the outskirts one foot in the Countryside where I walked my little Westy through woods and fields, passing babbling brooks seeing the Seasons pass with all the joys of that yes, even winter, who would live anywhere else despite the king of the North Sea having his weather way with us.

Weather on the Tees, patchy cloud all round yet the sun is shining on me, windows open a gentle breeze very warm more sunbathing then to complete my tan which came rather late this year. Two days in Daughters gardens with Grand children dogs and people coming and going topped me up in the tanning stakes.


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