Gold1locks


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New site - is it easy to use?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 17:56

Florie, I think that once you have responded to a post you get alerted by default to any subsequent post on that thread, even if it is not in response to your post. If there are several posts to the thread since you only get alerted once.

 If a poster wants to respond directly to you they can send a separate message rather than post to the thread. 

I hope that helps, and that it doesn't confuse you even more if I have misunderstood your problem. 

the plants and flowers

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 16:06

 Good for you! I sometimes think it woudl be good to have a thread where gardeners who only have a balcony can show of their tiny gardens. Can you post a photo?

Searching the site?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 15:59

If you click on 'Forums' at the top you get a list of forums. there is one on 'Problem Solving', which is probably the nearest to the 'Clinic', but there are more options than on the Beeb site, so you might look in 'Plants', or 'Allotments' etc.. 

Weed killer

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 13:41

Provided they are totally dead you can either leave them (as I do, decaying weeds get recycled) or remove them (as my OH tries to get me to do.). If you used glyphosate make sure the weeds have gone yellow / brown before lifting them.  

Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 07:33

PS: they are so easy to look after. Just give them free draining compost / soil and let them get on with it. They can stand drought with no problem. Just forget about them when you go on holiday, even if its in a heatwave.When the central rosette flowers it dies, by which time there will be lots of babies on the outside to replant.

Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 07:30

Don't go on line. Much better to select ones you like when you see them close up in a garden centre. A few are named - such as a favourite of ours, Blue Boy, but most don't have a name, and some  of them are very unusual. Last weekend OH went shopping for some more, and found some being sold in packs of six. She 'rearranged' the display so that she had a pack containing the most attractive ones, and those that had 'babies' that will soon be ready for potting on (naughty girl!!).

You may need to shop around, go to more tha one garden centre to find a good range. This is the best time of year as they have new stock in for the year. 

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 21:01

On the Beeb site I used to 'ping' so I could keep track of interesting threads without posting. 

Quickest seeds to gerninate?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 20:54

That's a BIG question. The answer is that seeds of some species germinate very quickly because they need to produce strong plantlets before winter comes in cold climates, some take three cold winters, some require extreme heat (fire), some need to pass through the gut of birds to strip away inhibitors in the flesh of the berries, some require light (as in species where the seed does not want to germinate when covered in snow), some have tough protective shells that disintegrate at varying rates depending on the weather, so that they germinate over a long period, maximising the chance that some seeds will survive and develop, etc. etc. They have alle volved different survival strategies according to their local environment. 

lilac primrose

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 20:30

Don't know anything about yuccas really, but in the right conditions some can flower twice, in spring and autumn. Their flowering is irregular, depending on variety and situation. 

Wisteria

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 19:04

Wisteria buds are sensitive to spring frosts. Because of the very cold winter I wonder if  they got damaged. Are leaves developing?

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