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by Chez2
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: Cactus
Replies: 2
Views: 67

Cactus

I know of two people with large outdoor cactus gardens. One person is in the south, one in West Yorkshire. The have built raised beds with lots of drainage in the bottom. Its the wet combined with the cold that is a problem. A couple of people on here grow them. At least one person has theirs under ...
by Chez2
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Good morning all.
Replies: 6
Views: 74

Good morning all.

I don't think we get quite as many flowers on ours. I might be able to smell it close up if I hadn't got a cold but this year the cordyline is so strong it blots anything else out.
by Chez2
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Good morning all.
Replies: 6
Views: 74

Good morning all.

Hello.

I have never noticed the flowers on phormium being scented, not ours anyway. Perhaps its because they aren't close to the patch and we have a large open garden?
by Chez2
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Other Exotics
Topic: proteas
Replies: 6
Views: 73

proteas

Ah I see. They are pretty dam stunning!
by Chez2
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Other Exotics
Topic: proteas
Replies: 6
Views: 73

proteas

oh wow they are stunning. Is your house on a slope? How did you manage to raise the bed by a foot and not breach the damp proof course?
by Chez2
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: Cordylines. Pruning help
Replies: 8
Views: 93

Cordylines. Pruning help

If you wait until the leaves go brown then pull down sharply they come off clean leaving you that pattern on the trunk, by cutting them you will still get that effect but will have to wait until the leaf stumps fall off naturally. And all the pictures are of Cordyline australis he he, saved me from...
by Chez2
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Hello fellows!
Replies: 4
Views: 98

Hello fellows!

Hello. Its been a bit quiet this year.
by Chez2
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Dasylirion Advice Please
Replies: 6
Views: 145

Dasylirion Advice Please

Doesn't look like there's anything wrong with it, the leaf tips are supposed to look like that. They're very drought tolerant & require very free draining soil & thrive on neglect. Keep it on the dry side over winter as they hate being cold and wet I'm not an expert but mine looks like that only wi...
by Chez2
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: New member
Replies: 3
Views: 94

New member

Big Leaves for Exotic Effect by Stephen Griffith is a brilliant book to buy. Its very easy to read for non book worms. Good for beginners and more experienced. ISBN 1-86108-262-2 The book covers form and structure, climates and micro climates. hardiness of plants, size of plants, watering, planting ...
by Chez2
Tue May 21, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Bamboos and Grasses
Topic: Japanese Blood Grass
Replies: 8
Views: 212

Japanese Blood Grass

Maybe it was too dry and sunny in my garden too then chainsaw kid.
by Chez2
Wed May 15, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Bamboos and Grasses
Topic: Bamboo Screen / Hedge
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Bamboo Screen / Hedge

Cement paving slabs in vertically to make a barrier.
by Chez2
Mon May 13, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Bamboos and Grasses
Topic: Japanese Blood Grass
Replies: 8
Views: 212

Japanese Blood Grass

I’ve some bloodgrass and I’ve found it not to hard to keep.Its doesn’t like very wet soil but good drainage.It can take full sun or partial shade.I normally cut just above ground level in February.Looks stunning in clumps.Seeds could be hard to come by as it rarely flowers. Hmm, I'm even more confu...
by Chez2
Sat May 11, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Bamboos and Grasses
Topic: Japanese Blood Grass
Replies: 8
Views: 212

Japanese Blood Grass

I read that it is difficult to keep blood grass. I'm not sure exactly what conditions it likes but we had one and it died. It was in an area with lots of other plants, some quite tender but they all survived and the blood grass didn't.
by Chez2
Thu May 09, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Cheshire Tropics
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Cheshire Tropics

Hello. Sounds like a nice mix. We have a exotic / tropical style in one small area but ours isn't jungle. we also have arid / Mediterranean areas. Do you have a greenhouse or somewhere to keep tender plants in winter?
by Chez2
Tue May 07, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Copper beech hedging
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Copper beech hedging

I was going to suggest laurel but I hadn't looked up how they cope with clay. We started filling gaps in an older hedge with mature root balled laurel but then the neighbour put up a fence. The laurel is a good backdrop and I don't think it detracts from our cottage border which has been changed to ...