Latest posts by obelixx

Failed twisted willows

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 14:38

Might also be something very simple like frost, in which case it should recover.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 14:35

KT - There have been a great many posts expressing intense anger and rage and intentions to huff off to other forums or start a new one.   There have also been some strongly expressed pleas to change the visual presentation - font, back ground, size of blocks of post, blank spaces etc.

On the other hand, there are plenty of posts using moderate language to express disappointment, ask for the restoration of much used features such as first unread post, changes to format and colours as well as a willingness to wait and see how the techies get on with the fixes so that we can retain the great sense of community on here.

It is encouraging to see that Daniel is engaged and following up on our comments, requests and fault reporting and that he and Nora are trying to round them all up and assess for urgency, essential or "would be nice".   Daniel has also had the grace to recognise that the whole process has been badly managed and they will learn from this experience.

I have no technical issues to report - I use a laptop, don't use smilies or quotes, don't often post a picture, don't want email notifications etc - so for me it's all about the lack of threads visible at one time and learning to navigate again on what was formerly an easy site to use.  I did have a problem changing my status to include a new email address and Daniel was very helpful.

I can see that a Like or Useful button would be good but which its is wouldn't make any difference to most of us.  It's the prima donnas and the trolls who will misuse, take offence, get competitive and they'll do that with or without such buttons.

Good luck to Daniel and Nora and the techies for getting it all sorted out.  I hope you succeed.


Posted: 08/05/2016 at 13:48

I imagine so.  I haven't had a brugmansia for over 20 years but the remains of foxgloves, aconitum, rhubarb leaves and everything else goes on our compost heaps and the results get spread on both veg and flower beds. 

Failed twisted willows

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 13:22

Other than clematis which should always be planted deeper to encourage more shoots and stronger roots, I've always though plants should be planted at the depth they were in their pot.   You need to soak the pot till no more air bubble appear, prepare the planting hole then loosen the roots before planting and back filling then water again.

If you've done all that and the plant has failed there is either a problem with your soil or a problem with the plant in the first place.  I don't understand why a twisted willow would be grafted.  You just need to take a twig or branch and put it in water or a pot of compost or the ground and it will root.

Try lifting the plant out and putting it in a bucket of water to see if it regrows leaves.  If it does, you may need to check your soil.  If it doesn't - take it back to the shop and get a refund or replacement.

Living Willow

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 13:11

Willows has an amazing will to live and root.   All you need to do is design the shape of your den and mark it out then plant your stems.   They're best done earlier in spring but I think you'll be OK doing it now.  

Make sure the ground is soft so you can push the stems in deep enough.  If not, water it well and maybe open up a slit with a spade then insert your stems and push the soil back with your boot.  Water well and watch it grow.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 23:30

On my AZERTY keyboard, the End key is no 1 on the numeric pad to the right but with Numlock switched off.  Does that help?

Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 11:35

Steve04 - this isn't a BBC site.  It's a forum run by GW magazine .  You can install an ad blocker.

Not getting emails to say had a response ?

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 11:16

Report the problem on the Site Feedback section - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/site-feedback/your-new-look-forum/975698.html 

Then the team will know they need to fix it.

I need to get my orchid to rebloom

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 11:14

I was given two orchids by people who don't know I dislike their plasticky looks.  Being a good girl, I went out and bought some sticks of orchid food and bunged a couple in each pot.  I water them by dunking the pot in water till no more bubbles appear and then let them drain before putting them back in their cache-pots.  I keep them on an unheated, north facing windowsill so they get no direct sun except in late afternoon in summer.

I've had the older one nearly 3 years now and it has just finished it's 3rd set of flowering and produces two stems which last for months.   The newer one has been in flower since last September.   No plans to re-pot either.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 11:00

There was a thread on the forthcoming changes and asking what we'd like to see in the functionality.   They seem to have ignored all except making picture quality better and have succeeded in reducing functionality by removing the "jump to unread posts" option and page numbering and so on.

There is a thread now where we can report our individual problems - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/site-feedback/your-new-look-forum/975698.html for the tech team to investigate.   No point moaning anywhere else really.

I hope the team responds quickly and that people here will give them a chance to fox it before migrating en masse.   It's a great community here for both beginners and the experienced and all shades in between plus the friendship and support offered to those having difficulties or wanting to celebrate.

Good morning all and have a great day whether you're sad because of loss or illness or celebrating gorgeous new babies or forthcoming weddings.

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