obelixx


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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.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 10:44

Hello Nora.


You did announce that the forum would be changing in order to be usable on newer technologies such as mobile phones and asked us well in advance what features we would like to see.   Someone somewhere has completely ignored most of the answers apart from improving picture quality.   Given the fiasco so far it should be no surprise to you or the team that people are disappointed, frustrated, dismayed or angry in various degrees.  


Any web designer worth his or her salt should take into account the look and usability of a site, especially when "upgrading" an existing one.   Your team has actually managed to reduce functionality - being able to jump to unread posts was already possible so not a new request - and visual appeal and usability for everyone from the clear sighted to the visually challenged.   Those of us witha background in IT and/or customer relations or PR can't believe that you would have launched an untested site on an unsuspecting community.


You cannot be surprised that people will vote with their feet and go elsewhere.   You and the team need to act quickly to retain the good will of this active community and not try the patience of those willing to give you a few days to fix it.

Ants in my raised bed

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 17:14

One day if you pour enough on.   I used one lot just to liberate one huge rhubarb plant last year after its roots were invaded.

Awful new format for forum

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 16:57

Best to give them a few days to see if they can fix it and make it acceptable to the 50% of us (Daniel's figure) that don't use mobile phones to access the forum.


I can see the need to make it phone friendly - we're about to launch a new look website for our dance club that allows that - but no need to destroy it for users of PCs and laptops and so on.   Speaking for myself, I do as little as possible on my mobile phone as it is so small and fiddly even with a  full keyboard  and I never take it out in the garden with me.  If I need to research something I go to the PC or a book.  Bit old fashioned?


Wait and see a bit before jumping ship and breaking up this community of people and all their collective knowledge.

Ants in my raised bed

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 15:38

They are there because it's dry and warm.  When they build their nests there will be lots of tunnelling which will leave your plant roots dangling in thin air and thus depriving them of water and food.  Plus which, they bite when you try and plant or weed by hand and it hurts.


You can try giving the bed a thorough watering to encourage them to move on or else scatter ant killer which come in powder form or in small tins the size of old fashioned shoe polish tins.   Another option, once the soil is damp, is to water on a solution of one small bottle of essential oil of cloves diluted in 5litres/one gallon of water.  Pour over the soil using the spray rose on your watering can.


They hate the smell and go somewhere else.  Available from good pharmacies and health shops.    Regular applications will keep them away.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 14:31

The posts today from Daniel indicate a willingness to fix and improve so I'm going to be patient for a few days more.   The techies may have let us down badly but this community is worth waiting for a fix and I hope we won't all end up relocating or dispersing or just going quiet.


Meanwhile - big hugs to all who need them to get through a  difficult day for whatever reason.  Have fun, those who can get out there and garden.

What to do with these

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 14:03

The best thing to do during the first year with a new garden is to watch it grow to see what there is and when it does its thing.   Mow the lawn and remove obvious weeds from borders but observe the rest and make notes and take photos to help you remember what  you like and want to keep or what you don't like and want to lose and also what you want to add or change.


As stated, lavender needs trimming back once flowering finishes and you can cut the stems right back to the top inch of foliage.   They don't regrow from bare brown wood so, if yours are particularly leggy or bald, think about removing them completely and replacing with younger, healthier stock or else disguising the bare legs with other plants.  Lavender grows best in sunny, well drained, alkaline soils and doesn't need loads of nutrients so I doubt feeding it will help.


Roses need an annual prune and how and when this is done depends on what kind they are - shrub, climber or rambler.   It's a bit late now for a major spring prune but it will still be worth going around each one removing dead twiggy bits, thin twiggy bits and any stems that are crossing and rubbing against another.  While you're on, take off any remaining dead flowers or hips from last year, cutting back to a healthy leaf axil.  Roses are hungry plants so give them an instant tonic with a drink of liquid tomato feed and then a handful of slow release special rose feed pellets.  Keep dead heading through the season once they start flowering.   Check the RHS site for advice on pruning for next year - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=186 

No Lily Beetle

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 13:45

They do hibernate in the soil.   This year I've only had a couple of SH frits come back and they're always too early for the beetles to be about.    They usually wait to munch my lilies so beware of tempting fate and thinking they're goners.

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.

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