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New site - is it easy to use?

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 07:13

Jude, I have the same problem, as I have Chrome too. I used to have Firefox and went back to it and the radio buttons do work. I prefer Chrome and will stick to it unless I really need the radio buttons. 

It's not as difficult as it may seem to install another browser. This link allows you to install Firefox. You can then choose with browser to use each time you use your computer. Just don't accept the invitation to have Firefox as your default browser, as you want to stay with Chrome for everything else. Once you have installed Firefox just google and bookmark it. You may need to sign in as Firefox won't have stored your email address and password.

Montana wilt?

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 06:59

It won't be frost. Check a problem stem carefully to see if you can find damage, such as a section where the outer bark has been stripped away on one side (snails) or a bruised / creased section caused by wind damage (or in my case by a snagging lawnmower!)

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 17:56

Reply to Daniel: just tried Firefox and the radio buttons are visible. I have changed the default setting. Thanks!

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 17:46

Thanks, but I have just ditched Firefox as it had too many freeze ups. I'll stick to Chrome for now. 

Climber wanted for a shady wall.

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 17:43

Climbing hydrangea (H anomala subsp, petiolaris) or the related (and better) schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight' or parthenocissus henryana. All prefer shade, all are self clinging via aerial roots. I have the latter two, and used to have the first.  

Water butt not filling

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 17:32

The way it works is that the diverter has a pipe within a pipe. the inner pipe opening has a loose cowl above it, so that water is diverted outside the inner pipe and out to the butt. When the butt is full water backs up and teh gap between the inner and outer pipe gets full of water which then overflows down into the inner pipe and on down to drain. For this to work the diverter needs to be positioned at a level just below the top of the water butt. too high and the butt will overflow. too low and the butt will only part fill. 

If the tube between the diverter and the butt is blocked (or kinked) then water will not divert, so the tube should be checked.

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 16:37

Daniel, as I mentioned a while back, the  facility to change my settings so that by default I don't get emails after I have posted does not seem to be working. I can see the text for each option but nothing happens when I hover over an option or click it. 

And the option just under this text box - "email me when a response is made" - is also unresponsive. As I am a regular poster I get innundated with emails. I can disable email responses to each individual thread once I have received the first email, by clicking the option at the bottom of the message, but it's a pain.

Is this a general problem or is it just me / my browser (Chrome)? 

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 16:22

You guys are sooo impressive! We ex Beebers are just not used to this level of responsiveness / proactivity. 


Posted: 27/04/2012 at 16:18

The variety you are most likely to find in a garden centre is Munstead, a dwarf form. My own favourite is Imperial Gem, similar size, but IMHO a more eye catching deep purple colour. I first saw a field of it at Norfolk Lavender, and it looked wonderful.  We bought 10 of them, and have propagated a lot more from it.

Yes I would make sure that the soil is well drained. It wil also help that the bed is raised. Lavenders that  die in hard winters do so more because their roots have been stood in frozen water than because of damage to the stems. 

Help choosing climbers

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 16:05

I guess you want to screen off the oil tank. 5 feet of height is not much for a climber. You could grow some short climbing roses such as Climbing Shropshire Lad, or an evergreen such as jasminium nudiflorum. Not sure about fruit trees if they will be exposed to strong easterly winds at flowering time, but if that's not a worry then you could train one or two as espaliers.

With the back trellis and fence you have a much wider choice. Roses, clematis, honeysuckles. Now is a good time to choose as the garden centres are full of fresh stock. get chatting to one of the more experienced staff members and ask for advice. 

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