hollie hock

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night scented stocks seeds

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 08:28

The seeds of the night scented stock are tiny so I've never tried collecting my own. I had the best results last year with fresh seed. I got mine from seedaholics and had far better plants when I direct sowed instead of in strips/ seed trays. I might even sow some more so I will have them all Summer.

Giving them a  light trim seems to keep them going. The seed heads look to me like little antlers after the flowers, I cut those off to get more flowers so have never really tried to get them to self seed.

Not heard of Zaluzianskia before Ladybird, thanks. I love these night scented plants, great for moths. I got few white scented phlox on the go too

cosmos plugs

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 21:10

They are half hardy plants so could be  killed off if there is a frost which really does depend on where you are. I would say it's unlikely now where I am.Mine are in a open coldframe. It does sound like them being too wet, they don't mind dry conditions and can get battered in heavy rain.

I love the look of the antiquity ones btw I normally grow the mixed but this year I have some poppy ones, yellow and oranges too

Growing Helenium from seed.

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 21:04

I'm having a go at these for the first time this year. MIne have been in about the same time I think,no show. The seed I used was hardly fresh though. Perennials seem to take longer to germinate.

Lavender stems black

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 12:06

Hello, if the green shoots are small I think I'd let them grow on bit and then trim a small amount off at a time. That hopefully should encourage some growth from the woody stems. I know a lot of people say it won't grow but it's amazing what a bit of cut back does. I'm generally in the camp of where there's green and growth there's life

A nice top dressing of some fresh compost would help too. No daft questions here

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 11:57
Useful is a good word
michael mpc says:

hi team ever since the new format started I have replyied to a few  but I have   no feed back of any kind to any of my replys or even other people

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It might be that people are still finding their way around the new design so maybe not posting so much. It's still taking me a long time to navigate around and it is harder to respond to threads quickly.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 11:33
Daniel Haynes says:

Holliehock - Thanks for this. Adding page navigation to the top of the page, as well as the bottom is one of the things we'll be discussing tomorrow.

Re: a 'like' function, I recall we did canvass opinion on this a while back and the feeling seemed to be that it wouldn't be popular, as it could end up creating bad feeling and discord. We would be interested to know people's views now, though.


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Thanks Daniel for getting back to me. I think if the endless scrolling was minimised it would make the site a lot easier and less time consuming to navigate which is my biggest problem. I think making individual posts smaller is the agenda also. That would really help.

I think a like function would fit well with this new format where as I don't think it would have fitted with the old version. I'm not sure I would go along with the notion that this would cause disharmony? I don't understand the thinking behind this?

Would it really bother people if they had more or less likes on a comment than someone else? If anything it might cut down on any squabbles and disharmony as people could have an imput on a discussion without becoming embroiled in a heated unfriendly discussion which does flair up from time to time. 

I would suggest that the mobile friendly format and the increased membership which the team are hoping for is perfect for this type of function. Either way it's not a big deal in the larger scheme of things

Thanks for listening Daniel

Awful new format for forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 10:56
Dovefromabove says:

I seem to remember some information gathering, and also some members went to the Intermediate Media offices in London and Bristol to answer questions, look at mock ups etc. 

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It's a shame that that this information gathering wasn't done on the forum rather than what sounds like  an handful of selected members going to some offices. It would have been an ideal opportunity and fun. I would like to think that the development team who run this forum would have been checking out how others manage to capture the mobile market whilst keeping the laptoppers etc happy. There's plenty of forums out there.

I don't use a smart phone or tablet just a laptop and hopefully getting my dusty desktop out soon. I can see why a site would want to attract mobile users but I'm not convinced that the majority of it's current membership use these. All too late now, a bit of market research with it's current membership seems to have been left out completley.

Although I have to say after maybe 4 years + of the quote button not working, it is now.

What is this plant?

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 10:28

It looks a bit like a bromelid to me. The flower shapes look similar but not sure about the leaves

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 10:25

Thanks plant pauper and also to Busy Lizzie for those helpful hints to make navigating this void space a little easy I've found the previous page arrow and using the up and down keys on my lap top is a lot easier and quicker. Just have to get my fingers used to using those buttons.

I've also found the back to top icon which will be helpful I think as like others I've been reading the posts backwards.

Could I suggest that the previous page function be added to the top of the page so users don't have to scroll to the bottom only to go back one page? Or include a jump to bottom of the page link so then the user can click previous posts without scrolling all the time? I really enjoyed this site and everything changes but I honestly didn't think that the members would have to redesign the forum themselves as such a basic level.

Is a like function being considered by the team?  Has the issue about being able to read other peoples profiles without being a member been looked at?

I've spent a good part of an hour just looking through and commenting on this. It might come quicker to me as I get used to it but still very cumbersome, uninspiring and too much like hard work at the moment

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 09:45

I'm trying to get used it but it's so so tedious An example I'm have been trying to read through all the  posts on this thread.  I can go to latest posts, I might be missing something but is there a back button? I want to read say page 17 or 18 of comments I can get to the latest but if I want pages in the middle I have to start from the beginning and click to next page all the time.

I've just done this only to get to page 17 and then the thing wouldn't load saying there was a runtime error!  That has taken me 10 mins and I still haven't read what I wanted too and had my earlier questions answered. I'm not sure that I can be bothered to go through all that clicking and scrolling again

I know the team are listening and trying to address the problems. It feels like this is the beta testing site should have been up and running in the first place. Staff would have no end of willing volunteers to have tested it for them. The list of bugs/tweaks/problems sounds like an endless list to me so unfortunatley I'm not holding my breath that they will be resolved anytime soon.

I completley understand the need to be mobile compatable even though I don't use a tablet or smart phone.  Interesting what was said about Google giving higher priority to mobile compatablity. I wonder how many registered users are already using the site and whether that will increase now the new format is here. Or will it be the case that there that people might join, not like the look of it and never use it again. Is there some sort of target for registered users to be reached? I probably wont get to read any comments or   answers to these as it will take a ridiculous amount of time to get back to here

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