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growing clematis up a metal gate

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 21:07

Soft string is ideal for tying in delicate shoots.  Easy to get hold of, and cheap - supermarkets often have it. 

There are other soft ties available in GCs and DIY stores too -  I think they're quite pricey but you can re use them of course. Depends on your budget! 

Trailing evergreen for container?

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 21:03

ripply - you may want to use annuals for your pots, bearing in mind all the shrubs you have in them will get big over time, and will cover all the free space there at the moment.

It's probably tricky to find annuals now, unless you live further north, as our seasons are later. The campanula might be the best option if you like it, because it grows quickly, but you can pull it out as the shrubs grow  and it won't mind being shoved into other available spaces or pots. It's quite hard to kill  

Zebra grass

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 20:49

That does seem expensive Julie - GC price as you say  

That's Waitrose for you...

I'd agree with obelixx about potting them on. It's often the best way with any small plants. They get a bit lost if they're just planted out into a big space, and sometimes just 'sit', especially if it was a couple of months ago when it was still cool.  

Might be worth taking a couple of them out and popping them into pots - just big enough to let them have an inch or so of space between the rootball and the sides. They should grow into that fairly quickly and will be sturdier plants for planting out. Worth a little experiment   

Uploading pics

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 20:40

Hi C3k - the updated forum is supposed to make it easier for those using phones, but it seems to have created more problems! 

I only use a camera for photos. When I'm walking, it's by far the best option - phone is only for emergency calls, so a fancier phone is pointless for me. I appreciate though, that it's the most suitable system for many people to save having several devices.  Ironic that  now it's 'phone friendly' and you're having problems! 

I think it would be best to contact the team and see if someone can help you.  

DR - that's the point - you can't USE Photobucket now. I also don't think people like clicking on links to view someone's gallery of pix. They like the immediacy of the photo right in front of them. I certainly do  

Uploading pics

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 19:29

Dave - I know what you mean. It would have helped if the external site option could have been kept along with the new option for people with phones and tablets etc. I think it also depends what browser you use, what facility you have for holding pix on your device etc etc. 

I agree that it doesn't seem to be a priority, despite the fact that a huge number of people want help with the ID of plants, and photos are pretty vital for that...

Uploading pics

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 18:34

With all due respect D'houseR - the recent changes to the forum have made it difficult for lots of people to upload photos. Previously, we could use an external site to transfer  - I could upload photos of 9 MB no problem. With the changes, which have made it easier for those using phones for photos,  it has now become an issue for those who had no issues before. The device used is currently a big factor.

It should be possible to upload anything up to 5MB, but that currently isn't working.  

Zebra grass

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 18:25

snap obelixx 

Zebra grass

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 18:24

Hi Julie. Unfortunately, supermarkets aren't nurseries or Garden Centres, so they don't sell plants which are comparable with specialist outlets. Your grasses will take a while to mature and grow to a decent size. That's why they're cheap, I'm afraid. 

Even a decent sized specimen from a nursery will take a few years to thicken out and  get to full size.  

Here's my Spartina from two years ago. Bought at my local nursery, in a 6 or 7 inch pot

Here's how it looks just now - 2 years on

Uploading pics

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 18:01

At the moment, anything over about 2.5 MB won't upload. not sure when that will be fixed, so in the meantime, you have to resize to below that.

If the size is fine, you may have to try it a couple of times - I've found it doesn't always work the first time. double click the pic in your file, and if it's uploading, you see a line progressing along the bottom of the reply box as it loads. 

If you're still having trouble, you can send the tech team a message. I think the most recent thread is called Updates to Forum. 

Just checked - it's Forum Changes Now Live 

Last edited: 28 June 2016 18:03:32


Posted: 28/06/2016 at 17:48

Evening all. Only just in double figures here - had to put the heating on for half an hour 

B'man - you'll be getting fed up with the WHW then! Have you done it since they moved the 'finish' ? I couldn't see it when I drove through recently. Not sure where it is now. I enjoyed it but it's not as satisfying as hills so I have no great desire to do another one. Perhaps you should try the Great Glen Way for a change?  

Pat - the opposition to burning is often voiced by people who don't understand much about it. It's normally done after young birds have left nests, and it rejuvenates the habitat for birds (grouse) to thrive, as Lesley says. Areas are managed in order to benefit wildlife not destroy it, but there will always be those that only see things a certain way. If you go on some  hills in summer, you get loads of grouse sitting in the heather and wooshing into the air when you're a few feet away.  Not good for my blood pressure!  

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