Latest posts by Obelixx

Chelsea Show Gardens

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 12:08

I go as often as I can but then I don't spend money on football, concerts and other stuff.

The TV coverage distorts the image in many ways.  The vast majority of people there are ordinary gardening folk who go for the plants.   I like to see a good garden design at Chelsea but don't want to bring it home - too much stone, water, concrete etc.  I'm more interested in the planting schemes and combinations.   There are plenty of ideas too for wildlife friendly features.

It's also a great opportunity to chat with the specialist growers in the pavillion and ask about a plant's suitability for one's own garden and the seed merchants do plenty of special offers.

This year I'm taking OH (I used to get dragged to golf dinners so he has to come at least once) and also my Felco's as one pair ended up in the compost heap and need some TLC which they'll get at the stand at Chelsea.

Pieris brown not pink!

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 12:00

Looks like frost damage to me.    It doesn't take much, just a degree or so of extra cold will do it.

Pinch out those brown bits gently with your fingers, prune out dead brown twiggy bits and stems with good, sharp secateurs and then give you plant a generous drink of sequestered iron and a mulch of ericaceous compost.  It will recover and produce new shoots a bit late.

Chelsea Show Gardens

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 10:37

There are constraints at Chelsea.  The plots are nearly all a uniform rectangle and have to be designed to be viewed by the public from one short end and, sometimes, a long side.   I think that's why most designers go for linear, angled designs to keep lines of sight. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 10:28

Daniel has posted to say they're sorry about the mess and are going to fix it but can't go back to the old format as 50% of posters now use mobile phones to access the forum.   Strange to think they'd risk losing the 50% that use laptops but there you go. 

Going to the Home page helps with getting to Latest Posts but still can't get to last post read on a thread.   We're going to need lots of patience while they sort it out or else a new home.

Anyway, sunny here but chilly.   OH had a good day yesterday dead heading daffs and weeding under the holly hedge then laying membrane and chipped bark with granite pavers to edge the grass.  He's out at golf today, having a rest.

I'm still faffing with admin and preps for the dance club's annual show this Saturday.    Doesn't help that my main email address has techy problems and I've had to change..........

Roll on Sunday when it will all be over and I can get some proper gardening done again and time for my own projects and plans.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 10:10

Thank you Daniel.   Let's hope your team can act speedily and with due technical rigour before this forum implodes.

Gardeners forum.

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 09:51

I don't see why you can't just post the link for all to see.

This is a free forum and, while I have been very grateful for the service it provides, it is not a censored forum and we have no contract other than to observe rules about politeness etc.   We are allowed to post links to useful sites.

Chelsea Show Gardens

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 09:46

He's doing a homage to British design eccentricity.

Here's a guide to the show gardens this year -  https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/exhibitors?ExhibitorType=1&GardenType=1 

Your new-look forum

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 23:43

Have just tried finding my way about using the Followed threads button.   I was sent here - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/followed-threads/10/ posts 181 to 200 of over 1200.

Life is too short to try and fathom that sort of navigational error.  I don't suppose your techies are paid peanuts by any chance?   As in pay peanuts get monkeys.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 22:13

I agree with all of the above about font colour, bare space, format, accessibility, ease of use, the need to scroll.

It's a nightmare and it seems slower to load.

I don't care who decided it needed fixing.  They are wrong.  It wasn't broken.   

Time to acknowledge it's all been a huge mistake and think again please - assuming you are interested in keeping your audience and thus your advertising revenue.

An improvement?

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 15:33

And I can't see how to get to previous page when I do get shunted to the end of a thread.

Needs a re-think.

Have you any idea of the demographics of the users of this forum or the main means of access used by the majority of posters?   How many people here actively use mobile phones as their medium of preference?     

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