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What is your weather like?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:53

Despite forecast of cloud and showers, it was lovely and sunny all day here on the Notts / Lincs border. Spot on gardening weather.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:50

yep, re-arranging things in the greenhouse is obligatory for me everytime I go in there!

planted up one of my front borders. Hoping for a more coordinated look this year. Put in another bleeding heart - a huge one and it was only £4. 

emptied  of the cold frames. One more to go. 

got around to feeding all of my acid loving plants and topped them up with eracacious (spelling, sorry!) compost.

one water butt empty already. Eeek - wouldn't say no to a spot of rain!

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:45

Looks great Sophie!

Mine is starting to come out in flower. Quite slow but I like that as it means it lasts longer and is tempting me to have a look at it every day! Must remember to take another photo.


Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:41

That's so funny KT53!

I had a horrible confrontation this weekend.  Yet another dog walker straying from the public footpath with dogs off the lead. Both dogs and owner ended up in our garden. I went out to find the owner shouting at them angrily while climbing over our gate.  She had no control over them and couldn't get them back on their leads. When she grabbed one it pulled away so sharply that its collar came off.  I politely pointed out the sign asking people to keep their dogs on leads and tried to explain that our neighbours cat was mauled and killed by a dog in our garden only 6 weeks ago.  I was told to f-off!  She said she had complete control over her they were running wild in our garden!

I was a bit taken aback to say the least! When I asked her to get off our private property and take her dogs with her, it took her 10 minutes to round them up, even then she couldn't get them on leads.  She departed by telling me to f-off once again. Unbelievable!! 

Flabergasted at just how irresponsible some people are.  Grrrrrrr indeed. 

Forum changes now live

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 07:16


oh dear. I keep popping back to the site and I can see the tweaks but they arent significant enough to make this much better.  Endless scrolling still and the definition between posts is now lost.

It's so annoying, especially at this time of year with so much to ask about in the garden.

Really missing the site that worked and posting on it.

I hope others are more accepting of it and that new garden enthusiasts keep your forum going. I feel like you've forced me out to pasture. 

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 07:14

That's lovely Chicky! Looks like you've got lots of flowers coming. Very healthy too. Is yours in a sunny spot or have you gone for shade?  Shows that sunny Surrey is that bit warmer than Nottingham as mines not that far on. Love your white dicentra in the background. I bought one yesterday! Do they take much looking after? 

On the train to work so no gardening for me until home time tonight.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 22:42

Ah thanks lovely Chicky. I thought of you today when I gave mine a good water.  Hope yours is doing well. I'm quite liking mine now it's in the ground. 

Who'd have thought a forum meant so much?! I've really missed dipping in.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 22:25

Having strayed I'm back because;

1) I'm missing the forum 

2) I'm missing forum friends

3) Haven't found another forum that compares

Really really REALLY hoping that the changes get us back to something that more closely resembles the brilliant forum that it used to be.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 19:44

Day three of trying to get used to this and it's just not happening. I've really tried.

The design is terrible. Sorry I know it's someone's hard work, but I feel the need to be honest. 

All the tweaks in the world won't fix something that is now broken - not just the forum but the community that was committed to this website. 

Not using the forum also means not seeing the ads and other info on the wider website. That is surely a bad business decision - I'd suggest worse than cutting your losses and switching back.

Gardeners World is a business after all. One of the most important skills in business is knowing when to admit a mistake, a bad decision and a poor job. 

I've googled Garden Forums and have found a few others out there so will give them a go. I didn't ever think to do this before as I enjoyed this forum so very much. 

Gone from sadness to being a bit angry. 

Your new-look forum

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 22:37

Giving it another go tonight but still not liking it at all. 

Surely the key thing about a gardening forum should be just that - gardening and people.  The better format encouraged topics, information and use at a glance. That is why it was so popular and useful. This format fails to recognise the fundamental purpose, and instead the poor design and the 'technology' doesnt just shadow, but drowns out the core purpose.

I can see that tweaks have been made today but it is the fundamental design and layout that needs changing - not tweaking, but completely changing. The 'hot threads' page was perfect. Can that layout be brought across?

Tweaking is just going to be throwing good money after bad. It needs a complete re-visit to the drawing board. 

I really am gutted. This forum has been brilliant but now it's disconnected not only with its core purpose but with its core audience. 

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