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by Markby
Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: your 12 best hardy exotic/tropical plants?
Replies: 41
Views: 2420

Re: your 12 best hardy exotic/tropical plants?

Nobody likes Dicksonia antarctica any more then? It really does a good job of surviving with what is really minimal protection (in SE England, at least) just a ball of straw in the crown and maybe a fleece 'scarf'... My top 12 are basically whatever you all said plus my Dicksonia antarctica - wouldn...
by Markby
Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Tropical Yorkshire
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Tropical Yorkshire

Just saw this on the BBC News site - very nice, and well done Mr & Mrs Moran:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-14421650
by Markby
Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:43 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: More Garden pics - and about time too...
Replies: 22
Views: 1147

Re: More Garden pics - and about time too...

Oh, also (Cordyman) the bamboo is a P. aurea that I 'prune' in May to reveal the canes by stripping off the side shoots to about head height. In spite of it being a humble aurea, it has just begun to put on some really fat culms about 40mm diameter this year for the first time - must have reached it...
by Markby
Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:28 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: More Garden pics - and about time too...
Replies: 22
Views: 1147

Re: More Garden pics - and about time too...

Gosh thanks everyone! Been crazy busy this last week or so (work... sad but necessary). Sean, you are spot on - it is indeed a Wollemia nobilis. Only had it a year but it has put on a foot in height already - fantastic plant IMO. Arisaema speciosum make those wonderful huge leaves that remind me of ...
by Markby
Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:19 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: More Garden pics - and about time too...
Replies: 22
Views: 1147

Re: More Garden pics - and about time too...

Thank you Steph. They are Trachycarpus f's actually. I tried a 'baby' washy last yer and it totally fried in december so a bit gun-shy about them now. I have a new baby Waggy from George that's in a pot which I have high hopes for as long as we don't get another December'10
by Markby
Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:16 pm
Forum: HTUK Member Blogs
Topic: Simba's Blog - Frosty Mornings & Sunny & Shady days
Replies: 634
Views: 39603

Re: Simba's Blog - Frosty Mornings & Sunny & Shady days

Totally agree about the black fences - really makes the plants sing out. Great collection Simba, and a very thoughtfully landscaped garden.

:)
by Markby
Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Columnar tropical looking tree ideas!
Replies: 17
Views: 851

Re: Columnar tropical looking tree ideas!

Hi trudy,
Pseudopanax is a good suggestion. Also, if you have the budget for it, a Wollemi Pine would fit the bill perfectly (assuming you even like them). I enjoy the fern-like look of the folage and they grow in interesting ways. Consensus has it that they are surprisingly hardy too.
by Markby
Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:15 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: More Garden pics - and about time too...
Replies: 22
Views: 1147

Re: More Garden pics - and about time too...

Thank you everyone for your very encouraging comments, I will try to update with more pics as things progress... Simon, the arisaemas are speciosum and its my first time trying these. I am very impressed with the leaf size, even if the spathes are a bit shy - you have to crouch and bend to see them....
by Markby
Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:05 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: More Garden pics - and about time too...
Replies: 22
Views: 1147

Re: More Garden pics - and about time too...

The trachys first went in in 2002 - I think the big bamboo was already there but was still only a tiddler then - in fact at that time the garden was only tropical if you were lying on the ground, as everything was bought as small plants. The Dicksonia antarctica was planted in 2005 and was (and stil...
by Markby
Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:53 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Pics from Kev F
Replies: 34
Views: 1597

Re: Pics from a newbie

Great collection of plants Kev - bet you can't wait to plant them out in your own plot :D
by Markby
Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:50 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: More Garden pics - and about time too...
Replies: 22
Views: 1147

More Garden pics - and about time too...

Just thought it was about time I upped some pics of my wannabe exotic garden. Whet follows is a lightning tour beginning at the back door and ending up at the new-and-not-even-close-to-finished fernery. Hope you enjoy...
by Markby
Thu May 26, 2011 8:58 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Some advice on 'bulking' up my tropical bed
Replies: 20
Views: 1102

Re: Some advice on 'bulking' up my tropical bed

You could think about bergenia - much underrated in my book; it will thrive in full sun or shade, flowers spectaularly in spring and has those wonderful table-tennis bat leaves that are glossy and evergreen - perfect 'tropical' ground cover imo :)
by Markby
Tue May 17, 2011 3:42 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: tropical summer
Replies: 31
Views: 1513

Re: tropical summer

And here's the (semi) official version:

http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?acti ... cast;sess=

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D
by Markby
Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:45 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Large plastic planters?
Replies: 7
Views: 1176

Re: Large plastic planters?

Hi Tom,
I suspect it was me, and here is the link - they are a great supplier, you will have your planters in a couple of days...

http://www.hartcanna.com/
by Markby
Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Ideas for a boggy area
Replies: 10
Views: 2623

Re: Ideas for a boggy area

Hi H,
I would think about skunk cabbage and shuttlecock ferns - big leaves, bone hardy and will tolerate a bit of shade. I am planning a bog garden myself, so just recently checked these things out...