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Ocean Flaws in the studio & New Arctic Monkeys…

This week was huge, we debuted some brand new music from the Arctic Monkeys 2018 album, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino and boy it sounded good, some real cool sounds. We also had Ocean Flaws in the building for a chit chat, Ocean Flaws represent the next wave of independent psych music. In just two years since their formation, this four piece psychedelic outfit from Shenfield, Essex have headlined Flag Factory Festival and a stage at Brentwood Festival.

With a new EP in the pipeline, just in time for summer, this young and energetic four-piece pack a sound that is destined for great things.

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Playlist from the show…

        Arctic Monkeys - Arabella
	Arctic Monkeys - Four Out Of Five
	Alice Merton - No Roots
	Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
	Jamie T - Shelia
	Wolf Alice - Beautifully Unconventional
	MGMT - Electric Feel
	Foals - My Number
	Royal Blood  Lights Out
	Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
	Underworld - Born Slippy
	REM - Losing My Religion
	Jungle - Julia
	Mac DeMarco  Freaking Out The Neighbourhood
        Kasabian - Underdog
	Beach boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice
	Junip - So Clear
	Maribou State feat Holly Walker - Midas
	Public access TV - Lost in the Game
	Arctic Monkeys - Star Treatment

A WEEK OF MUSIC AND CHARITY

As the countdown continues on Sunday Best for the release of Arctic Monkey’s new album, we played a lot of their classic tracks and other bands such as Stone Roses, Oasis and Blossoms.

Hope all running the marathon done awesome, well done to you!

	Calvin Harris Dua Lipa - One Kiss Lyric Video
	MGMT - Electric Feel (Album Version)
	Blossoms - I Can't Stand It
	Arctic Monkeys - Teddy Picker
        The Man That I Am
	Foals - My Number
	Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
	Courteeners - You Overdid It Doll 1
	Doves - Black and White Town
	Kasabian - Underdog
        Jamie T - Shelia
	Circa Waves - T-Shirt Weather
	Madness - Night Boat To Cairo
	Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
        Royal Blood  Lights Out Official Video
	Avicii Levels (Radio Edit)
	Florence & the Machine - Spectrum Say My Name Calvin Harris
	Paulo Nutini - Jenny Don't Be Hasty
	Beck - Up All Night
	Maribou State feat Holly Walker - Midas
	Jungle - Julia
	alt-J - Left Hand Free
	Toploader - Dancing In The Moonlight
	Wolf Alice - Beautifully Unconventional
	Catfish and the Bottlemen - Pacifier 1
	Green Day - Holiday
        Arctic Monkeys - Arabella
	ALICE MERTON - NO ROOTS
	Underworld - Born Slippy

ARCTIC MONKEYS NEW ALBUM!!

GET READY!! – Arctic Monkeys have come out and released the date of their new album, May 11th, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino. Get yourselves ready people, it is going to be HUGE. This week we played some AM classics and debuted a brand new track from Alice Merton, No Roots (THE BASELINE IS SOMETHING ELSE)

TRACKLIST FOR NEW ARCTICS ALBUM!

Shows playlist…

	Jungle - Julia
	Arctic Monkeys - Teddy Picker
	Blossoms - I Can't Stand It
	alt-J - Left Hand Free
	Mr Jukes - Grant Green (Featuring Charles 1
	Kasabian - Underdog
	Jam - News Of The World
	Clash - Rock The Casbah
	Paul Weller - The Changingman
	Arctic Monkeys - When The Sun Goes Down
	Oasis - Live Forever
	Florence & The Machine - You Got The Love
	Wolf Alice - Beautifully Unconventional
	The Man That I Am
	Doves - Black and White Town
	Killers - Mr Brightside
	Small Faces - Tin Soldier
	Who - Pinball Wizard
	Kasabian - LSF
	Underworld - Born Slippy
	ALICE MERTON - NO ROOTS
	Billy Ocean - Red Light Spells Danger
	Stone Roses - Fool's Gold
	Pulp - Common People
	Kings Of Leon - Fans
	Maribou State feat Holly Walker - Midas
	Foster The People - Sit Next To Me (Stereotypes remix)
	Wombats - Moving To New York
	Coral - Dreaming Of You

HAPPY EASTER

It was a Happy Easter from myself on Sunday as we played a variety of different music. With the likes of Oasis and Stone Roses the show was always going to be a good one. Few new tracks being debuted on Sunday Best from Foster The People and The Vaccines and some all time classics as always.

If you know of any or have some new music yourself which you would like to get played on my show then please contact me, EMAIL – conorslifestyle@gmail.com

Playlist…

	Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
	Blossoms - I Can't Stand It
	Foster The People - Sit Next To Me (Stereotypes remix)
	The Man That I Am
	Liam Gallagher - Wall Of Glass
	Ocean Colour Scene - The Riverboat Song
	Arctic Monkeys - Teddy Picker
	Ocean Colour Scene - The Riverboat Song
	Miles Kane - Come Closer
	Royal Blood - Figure It Out
	Foo Fighters - The Line
	Oasis - Live Forever
	Kasabian - Underdog
	Clash - Rock The Casbah
	Arctic Monkeys - Dancing Shoes
	Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
	Coral - Dreaming Of You
	Who - My Generation
	Toploader - Dancing In The Moonlight
	Jam - News Of The World
	Stone Roses - Fool's Gold
	Foals - My Number
	Smiths - This Charming Man
	Verve - Love Is Noise
	Blur - Parkife
	Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
	Specials - Ghost Town
	Strokes - Under Cover Of Darkness
	Arctic Monkeys - When The Sun Goes Down
	Stereophonics - Maybe Tomorrow

Welcome to Sunday Best…

This week we named the show, Sunday Best!

Having had my wisdom tooth out this week, the show consisted of a lot more music and a lot less talking. We played some all time classics from the likes of Fleetwood Mac, The Clash and Faithless with some brand new music from The Vaccines, Youth Club and Foster The People.

Hope you enjoyed, playlist below…

	Jungle - Julia
	Maribou State feat Holly Walker - Midas
        Royal Blood - Figure It Out
	Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Francisco (clean)
	Blossoms - I Can't Stand It
	The Man That I Am
	Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
	Pulp - Disco 2000
	Liam Gallagher - Wall Of Glass
	Jamie T - Shelia
	Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
	Catfish and the Bottlemen - Cocoon
	Foster The People - Sit Next To Me (Stereotypes remix)
	Wolf Alice - Formidable Cool (radio edit)
	1975 - Girls
	Bombay Bicycle Club - What You Want
	alt-J - Breezeblocks
	Foo Fighters - The Pretender
	Clash - Rock The Casbah
	Vaccines - I Can't Quit
	Faithless - Insomnia
	Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
	Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own
	Kasabian - Underdog
	Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
	Peace - Toxic
	Wombats - Moving To New York

Conor’s new Sunday morning show…

Hope you enjoyed the show, playing some of my all time favourites along with a few new tracks as always. Lots more to come from my brand new Sunday morning show, tune in next week!

Shows Playlist…

Arctic Monkeys - When The Sun Goes Down

	Maribou State feat Holly Walker - Midas
	The Man That I Am
	Royal Blood - Figure It Out
	London Grammar - Strong
	Jungle - Julia
	Wolf Alice - Formidable Cool (radio edit)
	Foster The People - Sit Next To Me (Stereotypes remix)
	Catfish and the Bottlemen - Cocoon
	Miles Kane - Inhaler
	Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Holy Mountain
	Kasabian - LSF
	Strokes - Reptilia 1
	Arctic Monkeys - The View From The Afternoon
	Foo Fighters - The Line
	Kings Of Leon - Pyro
	Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
	James Bay - Best Fake Smile
	Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
	Vaccines - I Can't Quit
	Liam Gallagher - Paper Crown
	Kasabian - Underdog
	Peace - Toxic
	Blossoms - I Can't Stand It
	Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
	Foals - My Number
	Black Keys - Tighten Up 1

This Weeks Top Ten ………

Rhododendron

 

Top Ten Gardening Tips for the week ahead……………..

  1. Time to buy your summer bedding plants.
  2. Apply a mulch to bare areas of earth to hold in moisture and suppress weeds.
  3. Apply a liquid feed to bulb foliage to give them a boost for next year.
  4. Sow radish and spring onions.
  5. If you have a glasshouse time to put on some shading.
  6. Feed houseplants weekly till the autumn.
  7. Pick off the dead flowers on rhododendrons and camellias.
  8. Cut the lawn at least weekly.
  9. Weeds are growing as fast as the grass. Keep under control.
  10. Chelsea done so plan your next garden show trip.

 

Have a great week and see you next week.

Andrew

 

 


Blooming Frames!

Last Saturday I had some free time (which is unusual!) and I thought, “I know, a visit to a garden!” However the power of Facebook and a message form Steve Roach (or “Roachy” as he apparently known to certain friends!)

He was advocating a trip to the Brentwood Garden show and to a stand called “Blooming Frames”! Well it takes a lot for me to be impressed by anything horticultural, unless it is very unusual! So my afternoon was sealed to a trip to the Garden show! As I walked in the first tent there they were “Blooming Frames in” all their glory and was I impressed, hell yes!

Basically the idea is that you have plants growing in a frame that you hang up like a picture frame! No bending down to weed and a perfect display at eye level that can be changed as quickly as any pot plant.

Bedding plants, succulents, moss, the skies the limit in what you can grow in these frames!

If you want to know more you can find Blooming Frames on Facebook at /Blooming Frames or on Twitter@BloomingFrames

I interviewed them on my show last Sunday. A link on how you can hear this again will be here shortly.

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Planting Lilies in Pots

Planting Lilies in Pots

This is the time of the year to plant Lilies in containers. Almost all Lilies grow well in containers, and a really good way to display them if you don’t have a garden. Choose your bulbs for the space you have available. If you have a lot of space you could choose the giant varieties or tight for space choose the dwarfer types!

Preparing the container:

Containers can be anything from plastic to earthenware pots. Planting Lilies in plastic pots means you can add them to a spare place in a border. Earthenware pots clearly are more permanent.

Clay pots need drainage so add an inch of crocks (broken pots) or shingle to the bottom of the pot. Plastic pots usually have enough drainage holes.

Crocks

Planting density & depth:

Plant three to four smaller bulbs 2-3in diameter into 9-10in diameter containers. Allow 2in between bulbs and use only deep containers. Half fill the pot with a good compost. John Innes No3 being the best (in my opinion!) Lilies are hungry so always add a slow release fertilizer to the compost.

Planting Lillies

Finally fill up the container but leave an inch from the rim of the container to allow for enough water. Don’t forget to add a label.

Add label

Aftercare:

Make sure the compost is moist at all times, but not wet. Feed with a high potassium liquid fertiliser such as tomato feed every fortnight during summer.

Lilies can be grown on in the same pot for years providing that they are well fed and watered.

In the south of England Lilies can be left outside in their pots.

After a few years though they will need re-potting. This can be done just after flowering in the autumn or in the spring but be careful to avoid knocking off the new shoots.

Problems:

Lily Beetle is a major problem. Squash the beetles as soon as they are seen!

Lily Beetle close up


50 Sheds of Grey!

Sheds

 

Well it is the week after Valentines Day and there has been a lot about “that” Film!!

The novel Fifty Shades Of Grey has seduced women – and baffled blokes. I’m sure the film will be exactly the same! Now a spoof, Fifty Sheds Of Grey, offers a treat for the men. The book has author Colin Grey recounting his love encounters at the bottom of the garden. Here are some extracts, but if you are sensitive person don’t read on…

 

We tried various positions – round the back, on the side, up against a wall… but in the end we came to the conclusion the bottom of the garden was the only place for a good shed.

 

We stood alone on the idyllic white beach. She shed her clothes. I shed my inhibitions. At that moment I knew it would always be about sheds.

 

She stood before me, trembling and naked in my shed. “I’m yours for the night,” she gasped, “You can do whatever you want with me.” So I took her to Nando’s.

 

She knelt before me on the shed floor and tugged gently at first, then harder until finally it came. I moaned with pleasure. Now for the other boot.

 

Ever since she read THAT book, I’ve had to buy all kinds of ropes, chains and shackles. She still manages to get into the shed, though.

 

“Put on this rubber suit and mask,” I instructed, calmly. “Mmmm, kinky!” she purred. “Yes,” I said, “You can’t be too careful with all that asbestos in the shed roof.”

 

“Harder!” she cried, gripping the potting bench tightly. “Harder!” “Okay,” I said. “What’s the gross national product of Nicaragua?”

 

I lay back exhausted, gazing happily out of the shed window. Despite my concerns about my inexperience, my rhubarb had come up a treat.

 

If you want more you can buy the trilogy of 50 Sheds of Grey at your local bookshop or follow them on twitter: @50ShedsofGrey or on Facebook /50ShedsofGrey.

 

More “real”  gardening next week!

 

Andrew

 


What do you get if you cross a Brussels Sprout & Kale?

Answer = A Kalette

Kalettes

Kalettes, the product of a marriage between Brussels sprouts and kale, are an exciting new vegetable — the first to be introduced in about two decades.

Most people don’t eat enough vegetables. Kalettes are a new way for consumers to help make veggies exciting, new or different for themselves and their families. The variety helps us all eat more healthfully.

 

Kalettes are extremely easy to prepare and versatile. They cook faster than Brussels sprouts with less prep work than kale. Find recipes for Kalettes at www.Kalettes.com

 

• Roast Kalettes in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet, coated with olive oil in the oven at 475 F for 10 minutes.

• Sauté them in a large pan for 5-7 minutes, covering for increased tenderness.

• Grill whole Kalettes in a grill basket and place on medium heat for 10 minutes or until slightly charred.

• Leave them raw and maintain their nutty flavor by slicing Kalettes from stem to tip or slicing off the bottom for small salad leaves.

 

Kalettes get their great taste by combining the best flavours from the Brussels sprouts and kale, resulting in a fresh fusion of sweet and nutty.

Kalettes are a Brussels sprout-like plant with a tall stem and rosettes forming all the way up to a frilly-leaved top. Their leaves are purple and green.

Tozer Seeds, the largest family-owned vegetable seed breeding company in England, hybridized the Kalette by cross pollinating Brussels Sprouts with kale using traditional methods.

The Brussels sprout and kale are both members of the cabbage family (Brassica oleracea), which are rich in essential nutrients like Vitamin C and Vitamin K.

 

Kalettes


Eranthus hyemalis

Eranthus hyemalis

Its common name is “Winter Aconite” almost the first yellow flower out in the winter. The flowers are sensitive to warmth, so at temperatures over 50 F they will fully open, however still look good in the closed stage! Flowering in February/March and only 13cm tall they make a good winter ground cover.

Plant in open sunny positions or under deciduous tres or shrubs in a fertile soil.

Eranthus are one a few bulbs that do not like to be dried out for replanting. Instead when finished flowering dig up the bulbs and replant imediately. This is known as “planting in the green”

Apparently these do well as cut flowers floating in water.

Eranthus hyemalis

 


Spring has Sprung!

Snowdrops

 

Bring Snowdrops in from outside

 

Hardy bulbs bursting through the cold soil in January is a sure sign that spring is on its way. Snowdrops or “Galanthus” its Latin name are amazing. Just as you think that nothing has survived the winter snowdrops appear! The common snowdrop Galanthus nivalis can do no wrong but if you want something more unusual why don’t you go for a double flowered snowdrop. You could also visit the RHS and see the best 10 snowdrops!

https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/articles/graham-rice/10-agm-snowdrops

The best time to buy snowdrops s just when the flowers have faded and they still have leave. This is called buying snowdrops “In the Green” Plant them straight away in a shady part of the garden and wait till next spring!

And if you want to visit a garden famous for Snowdrops why don’t you visit Nymans in Sussex or Walsingham Abbey in Norfolk.

If you are interedted in buying snowdrops why not visit the “Ultimate Snowdrop Sale” at Myddleton House Garden on 24th January where nurseries will be selling both coommon and rare varieties of snowdrops.

Andrew

 


Frosty Weather

Frosty Weather
Over the holiday period us gardeners if we had any sense stayed inside but whilst we were inside the garden was still growing.  Even the frost is good for the garden! It kills off the bugs but unfortunately only the foreign ones!
Our British pests can usually survive even fairly cold winters.
I have heard a rumour that you can freeze slugs and when you thaw them they can still be alive! I can’t prove it and she that must be obeyed has banned me from putting slugs in the freezer to find out!

Frost has some other benifits, it can break up soil and especially if you dig  clay  soils and leave the clods for the frost to do its work! It works by freezing the water in the soil and expanding and breaking the soil up.
This very  action can cause a problem called “frost heave ” where newly planted plants get lifted by the frost. When the frost is gone all you need to do is firm the place back in its place with the heel of your boot.
Anyway, stay warm.
Andrew

What To Do in the Garden on a Frosty Day

Birch Trees in WinterWhat To Do in the Garden on a Frosty Day

 

You can do lots of things in the garden on a frosty day, but there are lots of things you must not do! Dress for the occasion to keep warm.

 

  • Don’t walk on frosted grass
  • Don’t dig the soil if frosted
  • Don’t be tempted to top dress if ground is frozen
  • Don’t be tempted to plant anything in frosty weather

What you can do:-

  • Sharpen tools including hoes and spades
  • Wipe tools with an oily rag
  • Treat fences with a preservative
  • Prune overgrown deciduous shrubs to keep them in shape
  • Make sure your pots and seed trays are ready for the spring by washing
  • Get the latest seed catalogues and browse
  • Move tender container plants close to a house wall
  • Don’t forget the birds, top up feeders and provide water

And finally if you want to visit a winter garden why not go to Anglsey Abbey a National Trust garden in Cambridgshire. The photo above is from that garden.

Happy Gardening

Andrew

 

 

 


October in the Garden

SpiderDespite the horrendous downpours and flooding we have had recently, September was the warmest and dryest since records began over 100 years ago! In the papers this week they were reporting that spiders are bigger than normal because of the good summer we have had. The headlines were of course “Giant Spiders set to invade homes!”for those who don’t like spiders gardening can be a bit of a chore at this time of the year having their webs in your face! What’s the best karate teacher? A spiders web!

I got asked during the week why spring flowering plants were flowering now! Well that’s easy, if you have a good memory ! Do you remember in late August we had a cold snap, so cold some people turned their heating on! And then since then we have had a few weeks of warm dry weather. The plants thought they had a mild winter and decide to flower! Don’t worry it won’t harm the plants.

October gardening as always is governed by the weather but more so. The daily rises and falls of the temperature are more extreme. Watch out for ground frosts and bring in those tender plants. Make the most of dry weather to finish harvesting and preparing the soil.

To hear weekly updates on what to do in the garden join me on www.phoenixfm.com every Sunday 10am to Noon.

Happy Gardening

Andrew

 


September in the Garden

September is known to be a drier month than August and this last week has proved that theory, lets hope it continues! There are still lots of things you can do in September in the garden but if you have just got back from holidays, how is your garden looking and what do you have to do to “freshen” it up?

After a long dry spell a bit of watering will revive any garden and its plants. I always hate when getting back from holiday and seeing everything so dry, especially fruit and vegetables as they are more likely to suffer than shrubs. My tomatoes will inevitably split! After watering you can apply a mulch of bark chippings.

However, use the dry period to lift any remaining onions to dry out before storage.

Divide perennial plants, plant trees and shrubs whilst the soil is still warm. Keep mowing the lawn and if you have bear patches consider re sowing or re turfing this month.

Leaves are falling in the dry spell so cover ponds with a fine net to catch them before they enter the water.

 

My crab apple Malus  “John Downie” is shedding its fruit and with a bumpber crop such as this year has been, means I will be sweeping up apples till December!

 

Tune in next week to Sunday Best on www.phoenixfm.com between 10am and 12 for advice on what to do next week in the garden.

 

Andrew

 

Autumn Fruits

 


What to do in the Garden – Last Few Days of April

Rhododendron

 

Is Spring really here? The signs are well advanced with blossom everywhere and you can always tell spring has arrived because the garden centres have their  summer bedding on display albeit they are normally plug or mini plants needing to be grown on before planting out at the end of May. Yes you did read that correctly, end of May! Did your mother never say “Ne-er cast a clout till May is out”?  Last week in my garden, in the shade the temperature went from 0 to 22 degrees! So be warned!

 

Some vegetable seeds can be sown directly into the soil now if conditions allow it. You can help the soil warm up by covering with a cloche, plastic tunnel or just clear plastic sheets. Tender plants such as tomatoes and peppers should be sown inside and planted out when there are no signs of frost.

 

Spring flowering shrubs can be pruned now, but wait till they are finished flowering. Pruning normally consists of taking out the shoots that have just flowered. Always take out dead and diseased shoots first.

 

Houseplants are beginning to grow so should be fed and watered regularly. They can also be transplanted or for established pots just scrape away some top soil and add new soil such as John Innes No3.

On warm rainy days take your houseplants outside as the like their foliage washed in gentle rain. I leave some of my houseplants outside for the summer but if you do this be careful as they can get sunburnt! Start them off in the shade and gradually introduce them to the sunlight!

 

Happy Gardening!


What to do in The Garden – Second Week of April

The Flower Garden

  • Plant out perennials in groups of three, five or seven for maximum effect
  • Sprinkle fertiliser around clumps of tulips to boost flowering, or use a foliar feed
  • Sow hardy annual flowers directly into beds where you’d like them to bloom
  • Prune Himalayan honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa)
  • Pick off dead flower heads from spring bulbs
  • Protect emerging shoots of delphiniums and lupins from slugs and snails using a barrier such as copper tape for pots, copper rings or garlic granules

The Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Sow sweetcorn in deep modular seed trays under cover to plant out in early June
  • Feed fruit trees and bushes
  • Plant out onion sets grown in pots under glass
  • Order vegetable plug plants from mail-order suppliers
  • Warm soil with cloches or sheets of polythene for early sowings
  • Plant out maincrop potatoes
  • Plant asparagus crowns
  • Sow the following crops this week if conditions are suitable: beetroot, parsnips, turnips, onions, peas and mangetout, broad beans, lettuce and salad leaves, spinach, radish, rocket, mizuna, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts

In The Greenhouse

  • Buy plug plants and young bedding plants to grow on for baskets, pots and bedding displays
  • Thin out heavy fruit sets on peaches and nectarines, leaving fruits about 10cm apart
  • Sow annual climbers, such as cup-and-saucer vine (Cobaea), nasturtium, Rhodochiton and morning glory (Ipomoea)
  • Grow an early crop of dwarf French beans in a large pot
  • Repot any top-heavy or pot-bound houseplants
  • Start feeding young plants about 3-4 weeks after potting up in fresh compost
  • Pot up rooted cuttings and seedlings

Around The Garden

  • Remove winter grime from patios and terraces with a pressure washer
  • Sow new lawns, choosing a grass mix that suits the type of lawn you want
  • Snip plain green shoots off variegated shrubs
  • Mow lawns on dry days if grass is growing strongly
  • Dig out couch grass, ground elder, bindweed and other problem weeds
  • Place plant supports over clumps of tall-growing perennials such as lupins and delphiniums

Cornus alba Siberica