Hello from Gloucestershire!

Hello from Gloucestershire!

Postby nick46 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:53 am

Hello HTUK Forum. My name is Nick and I reside in Chalford, Gloucestershire. There's a lot of experience and a wealth of knowledge on this forum, so not easy for beginners to fit in, but we all share one passion at least. I purchased a small Phoenix palm a few years back, potted it up and then googled plants that's would look good along side it....that's how all this mess started. Biggest achievement for me so far was getting my echiums to flower, was an awesome experience and never seen so many bees either. Possible house move at the end of the year so Ive got one eye on what I'll have to take with me, but as most of you are aware, resisting temptation to buy a plant, seed or bulb is difficult. So going to turn my focus to some annuals this year, any pointers on something a bit different would be most welcome. Thanks for reading, looking forward to the spring.
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Re: Hello from Gloucestershire!

Postby sazmo » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:54 am

Welcome to the site. icon_cheers
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Re: Hello from Gloucestershire!

Postby Chez » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:10 pm

Hello
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Re: Hello from Gloucestershire!

Postby benbaron » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:47 pm

Hi Nick
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Re: Hello from Gloucestershire!

Postby tatter » Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:53 pm

Hello and welcome
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Re: Hello from Gloucestershire!

Postby kata » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:30 pm

Hi Nick, we all started somewhere to gain the experience your seeing.
Only palms I know are Trachycarpus fortunei which I have. I know Dypsis Decaryi and wish I had one. Otherwise I am more into my Fern which I love.
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Re: Hello from Gloucestershire!

Postby samtobuk » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:16 pm

What is your microlclimate like up there on the hill Nick? Colder than Stroud or are you sheltered and facing the right way to get the sun?

I'm up above Cheltenham on the Oxford side, and it drops a good 3 degrees as I drive up the hill. Hasn't stopped me from buying a bucket load of tender plants and temperamental palms though!! :lol:
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Re: Hello from Gloucestershire!

Postby nick46 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:14 am

[quote="samtobuk"]What is your microlclimate like up there on the hill Nick?"
It's not the best, but far from the worst. I'm right on the top of the hill and the garden is south east facing. Wind is one of the biggest problems actually, my Trachycarpus isn't keen on that. What are you growing at the moment, or have plans for this year?
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Re: Hello from Gloucestershire!

Postby nick46 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:18 am

kata,
Tree fern is my next big purchase but it won't be till I'm in a bigger house. Anyone got any pointers on some annuals?
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Re: Hello from Gloucestershire!

Postby charliepridham » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:57 am

Ricinis - castor oil plants make quite an impact, you will need to get sowing though!
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Re: Hello from Gloucestershire!

Postby Tom2006 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:35 am

Welcome!
Most wanted - Tree ferns, tree ferns, tree ferns!!!!!
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Re: Hello from Gloucestershire!

Postby nick46 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:46 am

Ah yes Charlie, I did some ricinus zanzibarensis last year and they did brilliant.
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Re: Hello from Gloucestershire!

Postby kata » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:59 am

Annuals once a year in flower then die, is this what you want, or are you thinking Perenials which come up every year?

Annuals: Petunias, Pansies, Busy Lizzies, Ostepspermums, Mexican sunflower, and my all time little troupers Violas.

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Re: Hello from Gloucestershire!

Postby nick46 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:00 am

Yes I'm just after some unusual annuals. As I shall be moving home at the end of the year I'm not going fully committed this year, hence I'm not replacing the echiums that flowered last year. My canna stock is good, but I was looking for some quick fix annuals to fill the gaps. I've just sown some coleus and amaranthus which I've had success with before.
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