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Your new-look forum

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 17:45

Nora.........I'd like to ask if this new design was simply to make things easier for people who use a mobile phone to access the site ?

If that is the case, it seems rather mean for those of us who still use an archaic method - ie a laptop. It is virtually impossible to log on and have a quick flip through to see what is going on.  The endless scrolling up and down is a complete time waster - especially at this time of year.  

I want to come in from the garden and spend 5 minutes throughout the day checking out what is new/what may be of interest to me, etc. With this new format, it is too long winded to do that. Not exactly "gardener friendly " IMO and rather defeats the object of a Garden Forum

Call for a parliamentary debate on gardening and horticulture

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 17:19

Mike............I think you have the wrong end of the stick.  If members don't get involved, there is no debate is there ? Just someone ( shepps in this particular case ) making a statement.  Any thread will come to a quick end  if others don't respond. 

I didn't notice anything abusive or insulting until you chose to use the term "muck spreader".  If you thought the debate looked promising, why did you not join in and make your point ?  The OP's style of suggesting that gardeners should try and make their voice heard may not be to everyone's liking but to suggest it is muck spreading is simply ridiculous - and rather offensive to a new poster

An improvement?

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 15:29

Why is everything so huge ?  I could stand at the end of the garden and still read this text.  Unfortunately tho, my arms aren't long enough to work the keyboard from that distance

How to look after Agave Americana Marinata Variegata

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 15:17

Passionate.............if you send me a PM with your address, I can then arrange with you when to send the mediopicta. 

Planning my pergola...

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 12:16

What about a Grape vine ?  It won't give you much interest over winter but if you choose a dessert variety with black fruit, the combination of fresh green leaves and bunches of fruit can be most attractive.  The leaves also give Autumn interest before they drop.

I have a similar set up with the vine planted at one end and trained up and over the length of the pergola.  You get a nice green "roof" that way and the grapes hang down 

Need help identifying houseplant

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 21:01

Looks like Kalanchoe


Posted: 03/05/2016 at 20:07

Tabards ?  Weren't they 70's stuff ?  Sound medieval now  They were really just cardis without the sleeves...and without the pockets.....and maybe they were just something completely different

"Soft mick" ?  Presumably an Irish connotation ?  No idea really.

Call for a parliamentary debate on gardening and horticulture

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 20:00

Are we talking about Ken here ?  If so, I am well aware of his environmental background but he is surely the last person who would need to be "lobbied".  It's the people who don't know one end of a carrot from another who need a bit of a jolt.  I wish you luck with that one 

Isn't it easy enough to get a PD these days......a petition with so many signatories will ensure the matter is debated ?  I might have that wrong tho.  If you come up with a definitive  issue and put it on here you may be pleasantly surprised......I believe the Hedgehog hit the requisite number of signatories recently.  Whether any of it will be debated seriously is another matter entirely of course.

Bunnies ?  Thankfully I don't have that problem here but if you would like to lobby against the common Celandine, you have my full support


Black Lichen (black spots)on stonework

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 19:41

Why on earth would you want to remove lichen ?

Does every bit of stone have to be pristine these days ?  

Give the ads a rest for heavens sake


Do I have one specimen tree or a hedge?

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 19:33

If your neighbour's tree or hedge is damaging your property, you have a right to seek redress.

Even if the lelandii is part of a hedge or a single tree, it is unlikely to have a TPO on it. May be a different matter if you are in a conservation area but you will know that.

As Logan says, speak to your neighbour first and contact your local council if you are unable to resolve the matter.

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