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by chrismc
Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: A haunting view of a closed exotic garden
Replies: 22
Views: 1466

Re: A haunting view of a closed exotic garden

Wow this is gutting. I managed to get there a couple of years ago after work and it was so different to how i remember it. This place is soley responsible for me keeping freshwater stingrays after i saw them skimming the edge of that Piranha tank , they had an amaizing Malawi cichlid tank in what us...
by chrismc
Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Victoria amazonica
Replies: 12
Views: 1199

Re: Victoria amazonica

I've seen those in Iquitos, Peru, in the Belen district with floating houses on the river. I have to say right here right now I'm jealous. No only do i love tropical plants but i love my tropical fish and Iquitos is amazon fish export central ! id die to see that (am i right in thinking that Otoron...
by chrismc
Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Pall Mall tropical border
Replies: 13
Views: 821

Pall Mall tropical border

thought id share what i found in central London yesterday. Walking to Buckingham Palace from Trifalgar square i came across this border. I know the Ensete, Canna etc but there are one or two plants there i dont know (Schefferia?) anyone clue me in? 20131025_142800.jpg 20131025_142748.jpg 20131025_14...
by chrismc
Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Dutch palm link?
Replies: 1
Views: 232

Dutch palm link?

Hi All,
just spent 30 mins searching the site for a post i saw about a month or two back. There was a link to a dutch company that was really competitive with large trachys. does anyone know where that is?
by chrismc
Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:19 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: overwintering Ricinus
Replies: 7
Views: 506

Re: overwintering Ricinus

im looking at putting them in a heated greenhouse with the Nanas prob min of 4/5
by chrismc
Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:01 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: overwintering Ricinus
Replies: 7
Views: 506

overwintering Ricinus

Has anyone on here done this? i have a couple of nice types this year and id love to see if i could retain the height and get them even bigger next year. i guess i need to know about temp and watering (lighting will be greenhouse)
by chrismc
Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: What is this vine
Replies: 4
Views: 314

What is this vine

Hi All, after spending the weekend at the Alton Towers Hotel surrounded by tropical trees, bamboos and grasses i came accross the following in and around the rides and attractions. Anyone know what it is? The leaves appear to get large at around a foot and it seems to be OK in the shade (these were ...
by chrismc
Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: New plants
Replies: 15
Views: 1119

Re: New plants

Im guessing by fords you mean Jaguar Landrover :DD
by chrismc
Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: New plants
Replies: 15
Views: 1119

Re: New plants

Hi Billy,
B&M in hunts cross have some black ones with green veins (no idea what type) and if you want to grow from Dasheens, arbis or cocoyams there are two stores at the end of Smithdown road that have high turn over and ive got loads of plants from (cheap as chips as well)
by chrismc
Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: New plants
Replies: 15
Views: 1119

Re: New plants

Hi Billy, not sure where in the town you are but im in Woolton and have no probe with anything. Obviously the positioning of your garden and the surrounding areas will have an effect but i have bamboos, palms, bananas and tree ferns and a Cycad that have all been OK outsite and loads that have come ...
by chrismc
Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Updated garden pics- Ensete,Ricinus and Colocasia
Replies: 8
Views: 603

Updated garden pics- Ensete,Ricinus and Colocasia

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Ricinus (cant remember the type but think its Zanzibarensis)
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Ensete vent. with Ricinus blue, colocasia, alocasia..etc
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Unknown Colocasia grown from a grocers Dasheen (rumours that the big ones arnt worth growing from are not true)
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2nd year Ensete...for reference the NZ Purple is about my height (6'5")
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Close up of NZ purple
by chrismc
Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:53 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Musa siam ruby (Actually M zebrina) and colocasia at B&M
Replies: 22
Views: 2476

Re: Musa siam ruby and colocasia at B&M

Ok so whats the differences i should look out for to tell them apart ?
i suspected but given the stem is red and the leaves are now turning redder i still presumed its a Siam Ruby (in addition to that the nursery company also ship zebrina )
by chrismc
Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Musa siam ruby (Actually M zebrina) and colocasia at B&M
Replies: 22
Views: 2476

Musa siam ruby (Actually M zebrina) and colocasia at B&M

Hi All,
looks like B&M is the new place for the odd and rarer.I got these for £5 each
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by chrismc
Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:34 am
Forum: Bamboos and Grasses
Topic: best bamboo for large canes
Replies: 13
Views: 1176

Re: best bamboo for large canes

next questions...anyone got any pics of theres and anyone fancy thinning their patch? icon_geek
by chrismc
Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Bamboos and Grasses
Topic: best bamboo for large canes
Replies: 13
Views: 1176

best bamboo for large canes

Hi All,
anyone know whats the best Bamboo for large canes? Would they be OK in semi shade?