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by Daniel
Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:50 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Warm watering .......
Replies: 11
Views: 1407

Re: Warm watering .......

And more to the point, is there a simple way of getting a decent volume of warm water icon_DJ Get your plumber to connect up an outside hot water tap next to your outside cold water tap, mine is out the back of my kitchen so it was easy to take a pipe from the water that feeds the sink. It is best ...
by Daniel
Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:02 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Ideas needed to reinforce my polyhouse
Replies: 15
Views: 793

Re: Ideas needed to reinforce my polyhouse

Thanks Daniel. I will be trying to get hold of some sleepers. How do you position them around? I should think on the floor over lapping plastic. icon_thumleft Yes this is what I do, I just lay them over all that spare plastic they give. The sleepers also give the greenhouse more stability as they h...
by Daniel
Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Ideas needed to reinforce my polyhouse
Replies: 15
Views: 793

Re: Ideas needed to reinforce my polyhouse

Tom, I have a similar one at home. I lay sleepers down on all four sides of mine and I have never had a problem so far. I just move the sleeper by the door when I want to go into it. Using this technique I have found that the PVC cover perishes long before it ever gets blown to bits.
by Daniel
Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:22 am
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: large palm trees UK,discussion topic.
Replies: 22
Views: 1995

Re: large palm trees UK,discussion topic.

I'm not so confident, in fact when i posted a whole thread on big Px Canariensis growing in London a while back on the EPS forum, most of which were widely unknown, it had disappointingly little interest! Sorry to read about the post you did on the EPS about CIDPs? and they showed little interest. ...
by Daniel
Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:09 pm
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: In this country? Washingtonia
Replies: 112
Views: 8594

Re: In this country? Washingtonia

Is it a numbers game Billdango? Do you need to plant 4 or 5 in your best micro-climate(s) and then see which ones take well and then ditch the others. The problem is having the space and patience to do it this way and then to be ruthless enough to ditch any runts that haven't taken off within 4 year...
by Daniel
Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: What Group of Exotics do you mainly grow?
Replies: 48
Views: 2417

Re: What Group of Exotics do you mainly grow?

Palms :D
And I do like Bananas for that Tropical Summer look.

Cordylines have become quite under-rated since Winter 2010, but a well grown Cordyline can look fantastic.
by Daniel
Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:51 pm
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ? pics/links and info
Replies: 22
Views: 4622

Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ?

This one is growing in Sandsfoot Gardens, Weymouth. (sorry to people that saw it on the EPS although this photo was taken on a sunnier day). Three of the four were planted at the same time but the one of the left has grown like a rocket compared to the others. The one planted in the shadiest conditi...
by Daniel
Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:46 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Storm warning.
Replies: 73
Views: 4615

Re: Storm warning.

Well we may be used to windy weather but not gusts of 80-90mph :lol: Would that mean that your trees are better anchored than trees inland that don't routinely get windy weather? and thus they are more likely to withstand a rare 80MPH wind? Yes, they are used to generally windy weather, but even he...
by Daniel
Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Hardiness, Overwintering and Protection
Topic: Let's talk about what worked and what didn't last Winter
Replies: 15
Views: 1224

Let's talk about what worked and what didn't last Winter

I'll start the ball rolling. I used jumbo fleece bags to protect my most tender palms such as Phoenix Canariensis. I had 80 watt tubular heaters inside them coupled to a thermostat to give a little heat. The one I wrapped tightest came out in the Spring looking perfect. My biggest Phoenix Canariensi...
by Daniel
Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Inspirational plants Ferndown Dorset
Replies: 18
Views: 1698

Re: Inspirational plants Ferndown Dorset

Tom, if you believe it will happen. Hope those dreams come true for you.

Derrick, I'll look forward to meeting you soon hopefully.

Rob, sorry no Cyatheas.

RedSquirrel, thank you for your kind words icon_thumright
by Daniel
Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:51 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Inspirational plants Ferndown Dorset
Replies: 18
Views: 1698

Re: Inspirational plants Ferndown Dorset

Hi Derrick, This is my nursery that was only opened a couple of weeks ago. The web guys are designing a website for me at the moment but here is the holding page address http://www.inspirationalplants.co.uk/ My Father-in-Law looks after the nursery for me but I am there every Saturday or if anyone w...
by Daniel
Tue May 14, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Palm not looking good
Replies: 13
Views: 894

Re: Palm not looking good

Other angle
by Daniel
Tue May 14, 2013 10:10 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Palm not looking good
Replies: 13
Views: 894

Re: Palm not looking good

Googs and Dave B are completely right about standing this palm in a saucer of water which is topped up every day. I have one in one of my fish and chip shops and the staff are instructed to water it every day. If they forget for one single day you can tell as the lower leaves will show it. It can dr...
by Daniel
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:45 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Looking to buy a Washingtonia Robusta
Replies: 21
Views: 1558

Re: Looking to buy a Washingtonia Robusta

I know Weymouth a bit, fabulous sea front and loads of exotics dotted about. Also a great pub for the oldies called the Boot which does a fun quiz night :) Anyway, if you're in Weymouth your climate should be quite good, winter lows probably not much below zero. I'd wager that you could leave a mat...
by Daniel
Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Beat The Weather Depression!
Replies: 42
Views: 1666

Re: Beat The Weather Depression!

The key to creating a fine exotic garden in the UK is to have a good spread of plants. Last Summer was great for Trachycarpus and Bamboos. It wasn't all that great for the heat loving plants but if the backbone of the garden is constructed of plants that do well in poor Summers, then it will always ...