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by Cathy
Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:32 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: New Butia beast is home! Need a feed?
Replies: 21
Views: 1347

Re: New Butia beast is home! Need a feed?

Feed it, cherish it and take good care of it over winter as they are not so very hardy. We had two beauties both Butia Capitata which were over 5ft tall when we lost them in the first harsh winter because we did not protect with fleece. :cry: A few mild winter do not a tropical climate make! :roll: ...
by Cathy
Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:06 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Pseudopanax 'Fiddlesticks'
Replies: 17
Views: 934

Re: Pseudopanax 'Fiddlesticks'

We have P. Crassifolius planted in the ground. The soil is a thin layer over thick clay (and the gas supply into our house) It has been in for some years now, maybe 8 years, and is slow growing being about 8ft tall with the stripy juvenile 'swordfish' leaves. It has survived freezing winters when it...
by Cathy
Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:25 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Lillies in Poundland
Replies: 8
Views: 520

Re: Lillies in Poundland

thanks for the nod icon_salut I do have terrible lily beetle damage whenever I try to grow lillies despite patrolling as often as I can :roll: but ever the optimist, perhaps I'll have another go :D
by Cathy
Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:46 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Who's enjoying the current mild frost/dry spell?
Replies: 33
Views: 1175

Re: Who's enjoying the current mild frost/dry spell?

The Codfather wrote:AS long as it does not wreck my basjoo etc as I am all unwrapped icon_shaking2
A brief frost will not do for Basjoo except perhaps to blacken the top / roller its the prolonged -10oC temps week after week they don't like! Well, thats down in these 'ere parts! :roll:

...Just stay optimistic! :D
by Cathy
Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: paulownia cuttings
Replies: 15
Views: 898

Re: paulownia cuttings

I was given a seedling Paulownia. Wanting huge leaves I would only allow two stems to grow each year and cut it back to about 18 inches tall each winter. This way it grew very quickly making about 10ft tall in a season! Having a small garden, it was in the wrong place so in a panic (drains) I remove...
by Cathy
Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Feeding Bananas
Replies: 14
Views: 1435

Re: Feeding Bananas

Today I scattered chicken poo pellets over our Basjoo bed, as I do each year and will repeat several times during the growing season. With a bunch of stems still around 5ft or taller I am really hoping for a great season if the mild weather continues. I do not protect the stems (they grow too close ...
by Cathy
Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Unwrapped plants
Replies: 15
Views: 979

Re: Unwrapped plants

I never wrap M. Basjoo. I do try to mulch the soil and in the recent harsh winters we had, they were killed back to the ground but came back from good strong roots. As I write, I have three or four stems taller than me, scruffy but still growing sowly. Have faith! :) This winter we have spider plant...
by Cathy
Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:20 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Trachycarpus in Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmo, Sweden
Replies: 7
Views: 431

Re: Trachycarpus in Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmo, Sweden

Great Pics madgav icon_thumleft
My observation seeing the first and other pics is how the trunk starts thin and thickens as the tree grows taller. Our big Trachie which is soon going to need a ladder to prune any fronds is exactly the same. It is reassuring to see that this seems to be usual.
by Cathy
Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:42 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How High is your garden?
Replies: 47
Views: 1427

Re: How High is your garden?

201m Mick, has anyone ever told you you had your head in the clouds? :lol: It seems that I am a mere 61.136m up (or 200.578 feet in english money) what that means I know not. :roll: I suppose in a catastrophic flood I would drown before you, unless you can't swim or I had a boat or... crikey! I alr...
by Cathy
Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:00 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: RIP Paul h
Replies: 20
Views: 1236

Re: RIP Paul h

Deepest sympathy to all family and friends of Paul,

Cathy & Brian.
by Cathy
Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Early exotics - any bloom yet?
Replies: 25
Views: 1366

Re: Early exotics - any bloom yet?

We have just noticed the flower buds peeping from the trunks of our three big Trachies! :D :D :D if they count as exotic blooms! :roll:
by Cathy
Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:55 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: British Summertime Starts Sunday 31st
Replies: 25
Views: 1048

Re: British Summertime Starts Sunday 31st

What happened to Spring? :roll:
by Cathy
Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: What do we think of Ikea's plants?
Replies: 11
Views: 883

Re: What do we think of Ikea's plants?

We bought 2 reduced price Olive standards last summer. They rallied in pots with fussing and have now been planted out in the ground all winter. They both seem ok, thus far. Also, Pitcher plants (sarrecenia) have survived. Some varieties do better than others, overwintered in the garden for several ...
by Cathy
Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:49 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Protecting Musa Basjoo VS mulching, RESULTS...
Replies: 11
Views: 1447

Re: Protecting Musa Basjoo VS mulching, RESULTS...

{quote} Length is always important for us blokes Cathy :lol:[/quote]

Dino, :lol: oooh you are awfull - but I like you! :lol: :lol: :lol:
by Cathy
Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:34 am
Forum: Ferns and Treeferns
Topic: D.A. double crown
Replies: 22
Views: 1694

Re: D.A. double crown

Really interesting to see that! Give it a few years and it should look amazing! People pay big bucks for tree ferns like The Chief Trading Post in Bristol had all manner of weird shape Dicksonia antarctica's with 3 and four heads. I think its where Cathy got her twin as well. Haven't been there for...