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by Petefree
Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:24 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Henstead Exotic Garden
Replies: 2
Views: 445

Re: Henstead Exotic Garden

Andy Brogan's garden at Henstead is nice and doesn't get the coverage that some other exotic gardens do. There should be some pics I took when I visited for the first time about three years ago in this thread

Will Giles' fantastic garden is absolutely worth visiting too, of course.

Pete
by Petefree
Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:50 pm
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: Ideas for my surplus Semp's
Replies: 5
Views: 622

Re: Ideas for my surplus Semp's

Hi Steven, I've not tried the two hanging baskets wired together thing - though have seen it done in TV progs to produce a sphere filled with compost and sphagnum moss and Sempervivum planted in - it looked pretty effective. I have grown them in hanging baskets though, and they work really well with...
by Petefree
Sat Jul 23, 2011 5:16 pm
Forum: HTUK web/forum Technical Stuff and Help (public)
Topic: Forum lay out has changed?
Replies: 16
Views: 1644

Re: Forum lay out has changed?

Yep - I'm seeing the same. Has there been a forum update?
by Petefree
Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Stag Beetles
Replies: 5
Views: 390

Re: Stag Beetles

I've seen more in my garden this summer too. They are very impressive although it is like being hit by a small, spiky helicopter if they fly into you at night. They do have some limited protection (it's illegal to trade in them under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, Schedule 5, Section 9 (5)), b...
by Petefree
Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Plant ID please...
Replies: 5
Views: 517

Re: Plant ID please...

They aren't all as invasive as A aurea. Look for some of the named varieties, often sold as 'Princess Lilies' which come in various colours and with larger flowers and are a bit better behaved. Also the older Alstroemeria 'Ligtu Hybrids' come in various colours and again are not as invasive as the s...
by Petefree
Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:12 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Jon Kelf's garden in Norwich
Replies: 30
Views: 2334

Re: Jon Kelf's garden in Norwich

Jon Kelf is a member of this forum (JonK) - not sure if he's visited lately? I've never managed to get to his garden yet as although he opens it most years for a day for the NGS scheme it usually seems to coincide with my being away. I hope to get to see it soon though, as Maxine says, it looks fant...
by Petefree
Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:45 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: Colocasia 'Diamond Head'
Replies: 27
Views: 2586

Re: Colocasia 'Diamond Head'

I picked one up at UJ recently and really like the combination of the dark leaves with the glossy shine. Mine's in a pot in a tray of water on the patio - early days yet.
by Petefree
Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:12 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: suggestions?
Replies: 10
Views: 710

Re: suggestions?

Try some of the Hemerocallis (Day Lilies) and Crocosmia. They will be hardy for you and have fantastic bright flowers. You could also try some of the Arisaema - their flowers are weird and exotic looking.
by Petefree
Tue May 24, 2011 3:22 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: find a plant for this situation
Replies: 34
Views: 2252

Re: find a plant for this situation

If you're set on having a tree in such a small container I think your choice is going to be pretty restrictive. The suggestion of a fig is the best for those conditions - there are lots of other leaf forms which are very different from 'Brown Turkey' - look up the one called 'Ice Crystal' it's nice ...
by Petefree
Tue May 24, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Chelsea coverage exotic plants
Replies: 23
Views: 1769

Re: Chelsea coverage exotic plants

I usually go to Chelsea but not this year - decided I'd just watch the telly coverage (to be honest you see more on the telly than if you go there in person - although it's sometimes nice to be there). It's medals day today and it was nice to see Bleddyn & Sue from Crug Farm who are exhibiting at Ch...
by Petefree
Wed May 11, 2011 3:45 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: June bug
Replies: 15
Views: 1862

Re: June bug

Here in Suffolk they call them "Billy-Witches" - big, bumbling, hairy, buzzy things that fly into you in the half light and are always coming down the chimney. We get lots of them at this time for a few weeks - then they are replaced by the Stag Beetles - which are bigger, heavier, spikier - they al...
by Petefree
Mon May 09, 2011 8:33 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: ID please
Replies: 20
Views: 696

Re: ID please

if it's Nerine bowdenii (the commonest sort) it would be reasonably hardy - but most of the Nerines (especially the red ones) are too tender to grow outside in all but the very mildest bits of the British Isles.
by Petefree
Mon May 09, 2011 8:26 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: ID please
Replies: 20
Views: 696

Re: ID please

Or Amaryllis belladonna... I think it's going to be impossible to be sure till it flowers...
by Petefree
Mon May 09, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: ID please
Replies: 20
Views: 696

Re: ID please

I reckon they look more like Nerine with that papery sheath around the leaf bases.
by Petefree
Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Propagation
Topic: Gardenia 'Kleims Hardy' cuttings?
Replies: 8
Views: 1278

Re: Gardenia 'Kleims Hardy' cuttings?

Yep - seems to have come through winter with no damage here. I planted it out in the end, as Adrian mentioned his was doing better in the ground. It doesn't like to dry out too much so mine is also in a semi shaded spot under a big trunked cordyline. Nice fresh green growth and new flower buds at th...