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by AndyC
Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:39 pm
Forum: Bamboos and Grasses
Topic: Need some ID's
Replies: 2
Views: 366

Re: Need some ID's

I agree with Kreos on the first one. The second one looks just like my Sasa kurilensis 'Shimofuri'. They both need to have their rhizomes restricted unless you've got a lot of space to fill.
by AndyC
Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Bamboos and Grasses
Topic: Is this P Nigra?
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Re: Is this P Nigra?

I'm no expert but the last picture makes me think it might be P.nigra 'Boryana'
by AndyC
Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Ricinus communis ‘Impala’ lovely colouration, and seeding
Replies: 16
Views: 987

Re: Ricinus communis ‘Impala’ lovely colouration, and seedin

I think you have the pick of the bunch there. I've grown 8 or 10 species/varieties of Ricinus over the last 10 years or so and 'Impala' is the best imo. It reliably sets good seed which keeps for up to three years so you should never need to buy seed.
by AndyC
Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:04 pm
Forum: Bamboos and Grasses
Topic: Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Castillonis'
Replies: 15
Views: 1571

Re: Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Castillonis'

karl66 wrote:Who else is growing this variety?
I've had one in the ground for a couple of years and it is already producing quite large culms (2.5cm x 4.5M) but still very tightly clumping. I love it.
by AndyC
Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:55 am
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: difference between Amomum subulatum Elettaria cardamomum
Replies: 2
Views: 371

Re: difference between Amomum subulatum Elettaria cardamomum

Elettaria cardamomum has bright green pseudostems and I remember the flowers being terminal. Amomum subulatum has dark red pseudostems and produces basal flowers, at least it's supposed to, mine has never flowered. Amomum dealbatum is a handsome beast, pseudostems 4-6ft tall with large green pleated...
by AndyC
Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:14 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Abbotsbury Garden Visit Today 21st Sep
Replies: 14
Views: 836

Re: Abbotsbury Garden Visit Today

Gonna try to source either seed or plants of Silver Shield as its a stunning mix with the apple greens of cannas and bananas They look good alongside purple plants as well. This year I've planted them next to Aeonium shwartzkopf IMG_0792.JPG They aren't frost hardy but very easy to overwinter in a ...
by AndyC
Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:40 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Abbotsbury Garden Visit Today 21st Sep
Replies: 14
Views: 836

Re: Abbotsbury Garden Visit Today

The silvery foliage plant in the first picture is Plectranthus argentatus possibly the form 'Silver Shield' sometimes seen in garden centers. i think the plant in the second picture is a Salvia but I'm not sure which one.
Abbotsbury looking fabulous as usual icon_thumleft
by AndyC
Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:24 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Hardy Paw Paw
Replies: 17
Views: 2450

Re: Hardy Paw Paw

Here is my two year old Vasconcellea candarcensis (Mountain Pawpaw) flowering at the moment. It is about 6ft tall. These don't need to be overwintered as warm as Carica papaya, above 5C is sufficent.
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by AndyC
Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Climber Suggestions for north facing fence
Replies: 31
Views: 2630

Re: Climber Suggestions for north facing fence

I've been looking into the same requirement, for consideration - Lonicera tragophylla Hydrangea seemanii Humulus lupulus 'Aurea' - Gold Hop Akebia quinata - look for 'Shirobana' type Lonicera tellmanniana Aristolochia macrophylla Charlie Pridham at http://www.roselandhouse.co.uk/ has many of these f...
by AndyC
Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:14 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Best small Dahlia?
Replies: 24
Views: 1328

Re: Best small Dahlia?

'Moonfire' is a good shorter growing Dahlia with zingy flowers
by AndyC
Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:50 pm
Forum: Bamboos and Grasses
Topic: Sasa kurilensis 'Shimofuri'
Replies: 3
Views: 436

Sasa kurilensis 'Shimofuri'

I've had this boo in the ground for a couple of years and it has remained quite small (about 3ft high) and well behaved.
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I think it can grow as large as the species, i.e. up to 8ft. Has anyone got a large specimen or seen one growing to that sort of height?
by AndyC
Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:35 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Identification of Mixed Up Ginger Seedlings
Replies: 3
Views: 318

Re: Identification of Mixed Up Ginger Seedlings

Not an easy job to separate them when they are small. As they mature you may be able to distinguish them apart by their size, leaf shape and colouring. H.yunnanense has more rounded leaves than the other two and the pseudostems are predominantly plain green IMG_0721.JPG H.spicatum will become a larg...
by AndyC
Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:51 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Hedychiums
Replies: 33
Views: 1851

Re: Hedychiums

Hedychium densiflorum 'Sorung'
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It is the only pink flowered Hedychium I can grow permanently in the ground.
by AndyC
Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Hedychiums
Replies: 33
Views: 1851

Re: Hedychiums

Thanks Andy, will you have any for sale in the spring! I’m also looking for H.wardii and H.urophyllum. Hopefully have all three available next spring. This year I’m growing Zingiber chrysanthum in my poly and the canes are at full size now just over 4ft... so can I expect it to flower this year… ha...
by AndyC
Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:12 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Hedychiums
Replies: 33
Views: 1851

Re: Hedychiums

[quote="Palmer Is it a cultivar or wild collected?[/quote] Tony, it was originally collected from the wild at fairly high altitude in Nepal. I also find it to be just as hardy as 'Assam Orange' and has reliably flowered here in August for the past few years. Another hardy reliable flowerer is H.yunn...