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Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 15:51

Cripes just come back from hol to find everything changed. Spent 5 minutes looking for old site, thinking i had entered a  parallel GW universe!  Perhaps too much of a change guys?  I am pretty bad on computer technology but will give it a go.  For me worst things, all that white is making  me blink, how about a bit of a coloured border. The new typeface makes me feel my eyes need testing.😨😨. And sometimes the ads are a bit close to the messages.  What has happened to the subject index. I do not always want to see latest posts on any old tthing  and would like to go specific area of interest. Has it gone or am i missing something.  getting headache now will wander off for a while. I feel the pull of the RHS forum luring me. Help😒

Red Robin

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 09:44
Oops just realised made typo in my message last night. Should have put 25% not 50%. Soreee!

Red Robin

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 20:26
Verdun is right. I inherited some when i moved and instantly got rid of half of them. I regularly cut branches back, lovely as the red leaves are they grow like mad. I cut twice a year by 50%. They have survived without any sort of feed or pampering. In my early years of gardening i cut one hard back below half way, which was obviously quite a shock to it and it turned up its toes. The falling leaves are a nuisance but i do have a row of them cut into standard size so they look like a row of trees and by regularly trimming back they are always look good, red and the leaves do not fall. They are a toughie!

what does your garden mean to you

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 17:51
When you are in your garden linda close your eyes and your garden will give you a big hug.????

Pieris In Trouble

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 17:03
Oh great, thank you so much.

Pieris In Trouble

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:11
Thank you very much. Is there anything else in the garden that could benefit from a dose of ES?

Pieris In Trouble

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 13:19
Your answer was helpful to me too Verdun,does it matter what time of the year I spray with epsom salts?

what does your garden mean to you

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 12:50
When I was 4 living in Germany, there was a field at the back of our house and this gave me my first plant memory as it was covered in red poppies that were as tall as me. I can still see the colour, smell the grass and see the petals moving. There is so much we forget as we grow up but that memory affected me forever and wherever I live plants and trees have been my saviour. As soon as I was old enough to follow my father around through woods and watch insects climbing around his roses, pinks and dahlias and feel the impact of what gardens can do for you I was out there and could not wait to have my first garden. I have had large and small gardens and no matter what the size, the joy of filling them with plants, birds and insects gives such a sense of achievement and has boosted my confidence no matter what. We poor old humans have little control on what happens in the rest of the world but the pleasure and excitement that comes from developing your own plot and creating even the smallest pocket of beauty is a marvellous thing.

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 19:51
I think what you are doing is a great idea. I look forward to seeing what results you all have. I have had the odd thing from Sarah Raven and they are a bit more costly as is Crocus. Crocus have good quality plants but now seem to only send out 9cm pots whereas in the beginning they sent out larger plants. Such a nuisance this time of the year if you do not have a greenhouse. I have used Hayloft Plants and find them reasonable value as although small they sell in threes and the postage is always kept lowish. Assume your 190% discount is from GW mag. Very useful.
Good luck everyone

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 19:51
Oops sorry should have read 10% (if only)!
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