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by stephenprudence
Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:13 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: chat room
Replies: 10
Views: 378

Re: chat room

same here got no idea how it works with regard to passwords otherwise I'd be there (I have read the help page but my brain keeps going into dysfuct mode)
by stephenprudence
Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Growing Schefflera outdoors in the UK!
Replies: 23
Views: 3371

Re: Growing Schefflera outdoors in the UK!

Thats correct, outdoors. Its just an experiment, I'm not taking it indoors though Im leaving under the shelter of a Rhododendron. A good frost here rarely happens, we get very minor ground frosts (around 0 to -2C ground temperatures) but rarely do we get an air frost. I think if the Ficus defoliated...
by stephenprudence
Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:27 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Growing Schefflera outdoors in the UK!
Replies: 23
Views: 3371

Re: Growing Schefflera outdoors in the UK!

I like the looks of the Taiwaniana species, Crug farm is not too far from here so I might go to have a gander. The funny thing is that they have a Schefflera arb. species in the canteen where I work and so many times I have thought about taking it when no one was looking although its the variegated ...
by stephenprudence
Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:13 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Growing Schefflera outdoors in the UK!
Replies: 23
Views: 3371

Re: Growing Schefflera outdoors in the UK!

I grow a tender Azalea (houseplant variety) and it happily got through the winter, although its leaves went dark green, and I'm growing a Ficus elastica so I see no reason why in sheltered garden with coastal proximity this could not be grown for experiment.
by stephenprudence
Sat Aug 02, 2008 11:14 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Wind Tolerant Palm Advice
Replies: 34
Views: 1666

Re: Wind Tolerant Palm Advice

Norfolk Island Pine is a zone 10 plant isnt it. Wouldnt have a chance in UK but it may work in Portugal. Its a common mediterranean plant, especially in Greece!

edit: thats pretty much what you said :lol:
by stephenprudence
Sat Aug 02, 2008 9:02 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Community initiatives
Replies: 4
Views: 268

Re: Community initiatives

Recently the council around here planted a line of Trachycarpus alongside a new housing development on the pavement, about time but the boats still tied up to the post but then this is Wirral, the conservation captial of the UK! I do think councils further north should consider some exotic plantings...
by stephenprudence
Sat Aug 02, 2008 8:53 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Tree fern spores
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: Tree fern spores

Just let them drop of their own accord. Ferns naturally grow when spores drop and are wind blown. Because ferns rhizomes grow on ground level, that is a sign that spores germinate and grow on ground level. I did my university dissertation on Fern disitribution and the viability of resources for spor...
by stephenprudence
Sat Aug 02, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Welcome to new members
Replies: 1264
Views: 32137

Re: Welcome to new members

Our soil too is very sandy being on sandstone, in facy by the shore it can be pure sand, I'm surprised people dont try cacti. Our Oleander had its flowers burnt to cinders this year :( so its bare at the moment but it's growing foliage like there's no tomorrow! A question about Olives Pete - this is...
by stephenprudence
Sat Aug 02, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Welcome to new members
Replies: 1264
Views: 32137

Re: Welcome to new members

Interesting picks there Pete, love the idea of a 'Liquorice' (Glabra) tree ;) It seems your picks are the dry side of sub-tropical/tropical which would suit East Anglia area quite well. My area is more a suitability for humid subtropical, unfortunately humid subtropical plants demand much higher tem...
by stephenprudence
Sat Aug 02, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Welcome to new members
Replies: 1264
Views: 32137

Re: Welcome to new members

Hi Pete thanks for the welcome. Just well drained soil and a bit of tough love I think ;). I don't consider the Boungainvillea and Lemon overwintering to be a complete success, even though they grow back over summer after defoliation over winter. Complete success would mean staying in bract/leaf all...
by stephenprudence
Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:17 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Howea
Replies: 12
Views: 551

Re: Howea

Howea is something I would put outside if it wasn't so expensive! Ive seen them around and about but they cost £29.99 for a 6footer in the garden centres. Are Phoenix Robelinii really as tender as Howeas? If so then perhaps in the future I will plant one out given Robeleniis seem to do okay around h...
by stephenprudence
Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:11 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Best soil for container Cycas Revolutas
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: Best soil for container Cycas Revolutas

Dave, I've done pretty much the same thing, granted it hasnt grown a leaf for about 5 months and its still very young, but Cycads can stay dormant for years so I'm not really worried. I went to Ness Gardens in Wirral a while back and the Cycads there were planted in very moist soil, they looked fine...
by stephenprudence
Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:30 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Wind Tolerant Palm Advice
Replies: 34
Views: 1666

Re: Wind Tolerant Palm Advice

Archontophoenix is a zone 10 plant I think, what is your minimum temperature on average? You could probably get away with planting Phoenix robelinii in theory, it seems to be quite wind hardy, there is one planted in the ground not far from me, and it didn't seem to be touched by the 70-80mph gusts ...
by stephenprudence
Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:43 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Wind Tolerant Palm Advice
Replies: 34
Views: 1666

Re: Wind Tolerant Palm Advice

Hi Darran, How windy does it get there? I'd guess really wind tolerant plants such as Nerium oleander (although I guess they grow naturally in Portugal?) I'm not sure whether its possible in your climate, but how about Musa cavendishii these bananas are quite wind proof in my experience. I imagine a...
by stephenprudence
Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:01 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Welcome to new members
Replies: 1264
Views: 32137

Re: Welcome to new members

Thanks Darren and Gaz. Gaz, That is Gary's garden hes a friend of mine who live nearby, his garden is an architectural masterpiece as you can see, and is largely based around moisture loving tropical plants. He has one of the world most tender flowering shrubs too, but I forget its name! I will try ...