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by PaulPlants
Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: No garden access in April - to unwrap or not???
Replies: 26
Views: 1492

Re: No garden access in April - to unwrap or not???

I'd recommend a huge handful of straw in the Dicksonia crowns. The emerging fronds can easily move it out the way if it's warm... But if there is frost the straw will be the perfect blanket. We had a fantastic hail storm last week, some of the biggest hailstones I've ever seen, and they lasted in th...
by PaulPlants
Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:32 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Orchids
Replies: 25
Views: 1270

Re: Orchids

I have used Phalaenopsis many times in my summer hanging baskets.They create a dramatic effect, and certainly beat a marigold! You must plant them still in their pots, and protect from heavy rain which damages the flowers causing brown spots on the petals.
by PaulPlants
Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: your motivation and style...
Replies: 20
Views: 1412

Re: your motivation and style...

CW01 - I describe my garden as my jungle. I like unusual plants, be that big leaves, or unusual forms, I like the wow factor. Whenever someone comes into my garden they make a comment, whether they garden or not, and that makes me proud of what I've done.
by PaulPlants
Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:21 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Ferns
Replies: 23
Views: 1422

Re: Ferns

In my experience, once there is a sold 'trunk' leaves will reach a mature size!
by PaulPlants
Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: planting against a fence - how far?
Replies: 4
Views: 450

Re: planting against a fence - how far?

The Musa will be fine against the fence, but it will move itself closer to the front. If you are adamant about keeping it against the fence you will need to dig up and replant every few years. I've seen Phoenix canariensis_CIDP up against fences and it doesn't actually look that bad... That said, ba...
by PaulPlants
Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:22 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: evergreen climbers for a mild, afternoon sun fence
Replies: 5
Views: 333

Re: evergreen climbers for a mild, afternoon sun fence

I have mentioned this before but I grow Trachelospermum jasminoides, Campsis grandiflora and a couple of little Clematis on the wall behind my tree fern. By choosing an early and mid flowering Clematis I have flowers from May until September... And they are all so different!
by PaulPlants
Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:13 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: cycas
Replies: 10
Views: 766

Re: cycas

Down here in Essex mine are outside all year with just a cover during heavy frosts (if I remember). Winter 12/13 hit one of them bad and it didn't flush last year... I'm not giving up yet!
by PaulPlants
Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How quickly a bamboo can spread and how to remove
Replies: 32
Views: 1975

Re: How quickly a bamboo can spread and how to remove

I must admit... I'm a little scared of my Bamboo... And I have a fair bit in my little garden. It's staying, but it is hard work and it's amazing quite how far it can travel... Next door were surprised too
by PaulPlants
Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:00 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Musa Basjoo Unwrapped this weekend
Replies: 29
Views: 2025

Re: Musa Basjoo Unwrapped this weekend

At this rate I will have full leaves by the end of March icon_cheers
by PaulPlants
Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Spring clean
Replies: 14
Views: 858

Re: Spring clean

Mr List - the Gunnera is standing there by itself. I did have to remove one HUGE leaf from the front of the border (and I took a week to pluck up the courage). But as it is planted on a north facing border it stretches tall to peer over the brick wall for some sunshine. It's in complete shade until ...
by PaulPlants
Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:36 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: What's a great specimen plant for this corner?
Replies: 11
Views: 864

Re: What's a great specimen plant for this corner?

Psuedopanax ferox or crassifolius. I suggest this plant a lot… but i really do love it, and I grow it in a similar situation with native ivy growing up the wall behind with a fern, black grass, a small leaved blue hosta and a spider plant at it's feet.

I will try and take a pic later in the week.
by PaulPlants
Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:45 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Black bamboos leaves have all dried up
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: Black bamboos leaves have all dried up

I should think so, but it depends how dry they got. Mine drink one hell of a lot of water... And of course, with ever plant there is a point of no return. That said, my Boo's shed plenty every year. Fingers crossed!
by PaulPlants
Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:43 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: New Butia beast is home! Need a feed?
Replies: 21
Views: 1422

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

Mine has stayed alive in the ground for a few years. The centre spear pulled after winter 11/12, and it didn't do much until last summer when it sent up a couple of spears. It's very slow compared to Trachycarpus but it's a stunning palm.
by PaulPlants
Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:33 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Gardeners World 2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2340

Re: Gardeners World 2014

I'm at the pub! I'll watch it tomorrow on my way to work!
by PaulPlants
Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Feeding Bananas
Replies: 14
Views: 1594

Re: Feeding Bananas

Here's mine