Shrinking Violet

Latest posts by Shrinking Violet

Forum notifications - please take part!

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:40

I'm not receiving any, either.  I used to but since the re-design, I've had none. 

My personal preference would be for individual notifications, I think.  btw I have a Hotmail account.

And nothing has landed in my junk mail either!

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:35

I just love it when someone talks all techy!  "Industry-standard accessibility guidelines"!  No - I'm not having a bit of a "go" - I'm just expressing my amusement.  Like all sorts of jargon, it can read well, and I guess we all know what the intention behind it is.  Mind you, I've never heard of "beta testing" (sounds like some sort of thing the NHS sends out for screening )

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:18

Yes, on the whole, I think so, Daniel.  I don't like (but am unaffected by) the white background;  some people with sight difficulties appear to have found it particularly difficult.  I had hoped, on their behalf, if nothing else, that the background colour might have been addressed.

But - you can't do everything in one go, and perhaps this aspect might be moved a little higher up the agenda?  From what I can gather, pale green is a restful shade that it easier on the eyes.  But that's for you and the tech, team!

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:11

I take my hat off to you, Daniel.  After a frantic weekend, answering all the queries and being accountable for the site's problems, you are still interacting with the board and showing that the queries and problems are being addressed.


Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 22:49

All this scrolling down is a bit of a pain (to say the least) but I do find the intermittent adverts a complete distraction.  Just when I think I've reached the bottom of the page, I find there are more posts after the ad.  I've tried to block adverts without success.  If they are to one side of the text it's annoying.  Interspersed with the posts is far, far worse imo.

Help! Does anyone know what these white bugs are?

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 20:43

I agree - vine weevil grubs.  They are at the stage of turning from maggot-looking larvae into adult beetles.  It's the larvae that do the damage (as you have found out) by eating the roots of a plant, and often the first you know about it is when the plant keels over..

There are drenches that can be applied to the soil/compost which can help.  I have, in the past, spread compost out on a large tray and left it for the birds to feast on the grubs.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 22:59

Now come on, Daniel - there's no "suppose" about it!  There is never a "one size fits all" in life - and especially when it comes to gardening.  Have you never visited a garden and thought, "Good grief!  Whatever were they thinking?"  And then discovered that it was Gertrude Jekyll inspired.  (I have!) 

Your new-look forum

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 22:52

Nah, PP - it's Classic FM all the way for me.  But then wouldn't it be terrible if we were all the same?  Would Monty ever plant a pink anything?  Would I ever plant an all white garden?  Would we all love to look at other's ideas, be inspired or dismissive?  Diversity rules!!!

Your new-look forum

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 22:43


Your new-look forum

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 22:35

Daniel - I am sooooo impressed that, on a Saturday evening, you are looking at all the comments and responding.  I'll even forgive you the Beyoncé thing (have you never heard of Andrea Bocelli?)  Chill out - we gardeners are made of strong stuff and, moan though we may, we nevertheless are gifted with patience  Well - I ask you, who in their right mind would be looking at catalogues/gardening books and drooling over next year's daffodils?  We look forward.  We plan ahead.  We are ever hopeful.

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