Shrinking Violet

Latest posts by Shrinking Violet

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.

New Forum

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 21:52

I suspect fidgetbones that many of us will pop on to look at the board each day as per usual.  If it improves, and I have no doubt that it will, we/they won't drift off, but will be enticed back!  Well, I hope so, anyway.

Elite Greenhouses

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 19:33

I have an Elite GH which I ordered a couple of months ago.  It is lovely (just a small one for a small garden) but green powder-coated and very smart  I originally wanted a high eaves one, but couldn't get one in the small size I needed.  No matter - I am thrilled with what I have got.

I opted for self-installation.  Now that was a mistake!  The instructions seem to have been written in Urdu, translated into Greek, thence into French with a final stab at English!  It took ages to work it all out - and it wasn't easy.  The end result, however, is lovely, and almost justifies the troubles that it caused!

My recommendation would be to order it and arrange (albeit at a price) for it to be erected for you.  You will find that your fingernails will remain unbitten, your temper will be restrained and, if you are married, your relationship is less likely to be in jeopardy!

Good luck

New Forum

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 19:19

David - I have, like you, landed here as an ex-Beeb poster.  I love this board - it is friendly (usually) and user-friendly - and that counts for a lot.  I would hate to have to re-establish connections in another place.

I know I am not one of the mainstay of this board.  I read often, and post occasionally as the whim takes me.  But it is here, for me.  And for others.  It has been a lovely place to exchange ideas, gardening tips and to learn from others' experiences.

So I shall hold fire, as it were, and hope that there will be significant changes that retain my loyalty.  I think that the team is, perhaps, surprised by the depth of feeling for the changes that have been made.  It's not just a case of "heads in sand" and unwilling to embrace change - it's a case of not seeing the need for change in the first place.

So I shall stay here for now.  I shall keep in touch daily.  But if it doesn't show a real response to posters' concerns, then I'll be with you.

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