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Service 503 Unavailable

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 20:10

i got the message Service 503 Unavailable when I tried to post photos. I tried

lots of times.

Anyone had this recenty or know what it means?

Is it a temporary website glitch or is it something I can do something about myself?

Are you there Daniel?

Propagating Stephanotis

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:17

Propagating Stephanotis

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:05

Sorry, Philippa, my second post was delayed by struggling with the photos.

I'm afraid I'm not sure what layering involves. Do you use the leaves in some way?


Propagating Stephanotis

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:01
About 18 months ago I realised our two Stephanotis house plants which originally had beautiful white flowers on them, were suffering badly. They had been out of full sun (as recommended on the label) but in the relative shade of our hall.    I hadn't noticed that the occasional  yellowing of a leaf or two had become more frequent until they both started quickly dropping  almost all of their leaves.   I set to, repotting both in fresh compost, in bigger pots with extra feed added and then moved them into our lounge to a side windowsill facing west where there were no draughts and there was more light but no direct sun - at least until mid afternoon to evening when the rays were slanting at a less fierce angle.   Unfortunately, in spite of the belated first aid and TLC, one plant died after it lost its last remaining leaves.   The other, however, after losing all but one leaf, began to thrive and I was thrilled when I noticed this regrowth in July (2013).

This was all the more important to me because they had been chosen and lovingly cared for by my wife who absolutely adored her plants and garden but had been unable to keep up her activities as she became more ill.

  I knew the plants were there - but it was like I had seen them yet just not noticed them during the awful months after losing her.   I was overjoyed when this year the successful plant rewarded me with loads of regrowth and half a dozen or so lovely white scented flowers - the latter sadly now finished.

  Unfortunately the new growth has been impossible to properly retrain around the frame without risking snapping it off. I am wondering, however, whether it is possible to take cuttings, and if so, how to propagate them? I would then then be able to start it off again in the other pot. This would not only enable me to tidy up the plant in the photo and maybe retrain it round its frame (it is supposed to grow round and round itself again I think) but would also help me feel I had somehow redeemed myself for having let the two plants get so poorly in the first place that I losth one of them.   Is there anyone out there who has some experience of Stephanotis house plants who could advise me? It would mean quite a lot if I could, as it were 'recover' the lost plant.

Propagating Stephanotis

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 18:45

I would like to propagate a new houseplant from my Stephanotis and was wondering whether I could take cuttings.

During the setting up process for this new thread I tried to include photos but the process stopped with the message Service 503 is unavailable - whatever that means.

I shall try again once the new thread has become installed on the forum.

Conference pears

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 18:48

The birds have started to nibble the tops of some the conference pears. I'm taking that as a sign : if they are noticeably riper to the birds then it's time to pick. 

So I did!

Even though they're still hard when pressed at the tops. I shall wrap them in newspaper and store them; somewhere 'cool and dark' rings a bell from deep back in childhood. It will be interesting  to see if I can use them as I need them through the next few months without wastage. 

West Acre

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 16:07

Mind you... It did accept it after I bullied a bit...

West Acre

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 16:06

Ditto - I use Safari on my iPad most of the time.

West Acre

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 14:59

          Topbird wrote (see)

Ooops sorry - was trying to do something with quotes - I have never been able to get that to work for some reason 

I agree: the Quotes function does not seem to work smoothly like it used to. I took about ten goes to get the above sorted. Sometimes it's easier to copy and paste and just change the style to italics or bold manually to separate it from your own post.

West Acre

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 16:37

Thanks again, Dove.

Being rather shy and retiring  I would have found that a bit too demonstrative i think. I'm also not sure it wasn't too late in the year, what with the soggy ground and all, to be rushed from all sides by five enthusiastic gardening ladies - not of course that the thought is totally without its attractions! 

(Especially if cakes might have been involved ! )

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Service 503 Unavailable

Can't post photos 
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