Thanks for the constructive advice Daniel, alas, I honestly think that they won't get through a northern English winter.Daniel wrote:Si I'm sorry to hear that you lost your Washingtonia. But every experience good or bad should be seen as a lesson and I'm sure you can grow an even better palm in that part of your garden having gone through the pain of losing a palm that was close to your heart
It's nice to see some getting through the last two horrible winters.
The furthest north I could see them surviving outside, unprotected (naturally) would be - coastal North wales, gulf stream, Llewellyn peninsular, there's some nice palms in Abersoch and Nefyn, think the washys may be a pot plant here though
I've got a washy to replace the dead one (in a pot, and it will stay there (brought in over-winter) 'till it's big and I've weighed up the next 2 winters)
The plug sockets for light heating in the garden is a good call, I'm surprised no one on here hasn't invented/marketed a protective coating with umbrella hood and light heating for the worst times, (Dave) would B&Q stock it though? enough folk buy cordylines only to have them wiped out, so, I'm sure they'd stump up the cash to protect those beloved trees.
A predictable but hardy Trachycarpus, will have to replace the space the washy left in the garden for now.