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by Ian Cooke
Sat Oct 19, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii - hardy?
Replies: 7
Views: 470

Re: Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii - hardy?

Should be hardy - just taken some photos of some blooming in New York where the winters are far more sever than the UK
by Ian Cooke
Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: yucca gloriosa banana split...
Replies: 26
Views: 2431

Re: yucca gloriosa banana split...

Is the B&Q plant actually labelled 'Banana Split'? I was in the Nottingham B&Q earlier this summer looking for this as someone had mentioned them stocking it. The plants they had looked very similar but were actually Yucca 'Bright Star' - similar when young and still a good garden plant.
by Ian Cooke
Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:54 am
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: aralia
Replies: 6
Views: 550

Re: aralia

The Victorians used to use Ailanthus, tree of Heaven in sub-tropical bedding. When stooled it makes huge leaves although I think suckers might be a problem.
by Ian Cooke
Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:33 am
Forum: Propagation
Topic: how hot is too hot?
Replies: 11
Views: 988

Re: how hot is too hot?

Excellent idea - like a tiny tropical pool!
by Ian Cooke
Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:35 am
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Original gardeners question time
Replies: 27
Views: 1210

Re: Original gardeners question time

........................ Has anyone got a question they think might stump this panel of experts? I think that's a very negative way of approaching the experience. Having been on the other side, radio phone-ins and charity question time panels, I have to say its very daunting. No group of profession...
by Ian Cooke
Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: Propagation
Topic: how hot is too hot?
Replies: 11
Views: 988

Re: how hot is too hot?

A fairly wide range of seeds will germinate at around 21C ( 70F). I bought a cheap propagator last year without a thermostat and it did the same - cooked seeds and rotted cuttings. I have to say I think they are useless and will give you nothing but disappointment. I sold it on ebay - hope it wasn't...
by Ian Cooke
Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:24 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Worlds rarest plant - Kokia cookei
Replies: 11
Views: 1171

Re: Worlds rarest plant - Kokia cookei

Never heard of it but nice to know the world's rarest plant bears my name!
by Ian Cooke
Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:21 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Best bark chip for my money
Replies: 30
Views: 1786

Re: Best bark chip for my money

Most cheap 'bark' contains a high proportion of woodchips so doesn't look quite so good. However due to the high C:N ration it breaks down slowly so is long lasting. It does however tend to remove nitrogen from the soil so when using add some extra fertiliser to compensate for the loss of nitrogen. ...
by Ian Cooke
Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:16 am
Forum: Hardiness, Overwintering and Protection
Topic: Dahlia imperialis overwintering decision
Replies: 9
Views: 1188

Re: Dahlia imperialis overwintering decision

I had one left in the ground in a sheltered spot in my Midlands garden for several years. It never flowered but made good foliage. Harsh winter a couple of years ago finished it. Incidentally I saw this in San Francisco Botanic Garden a few weeks ago - flowering like crazy - huge clump probably 2-3m...
by Ian Cooke
Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:58 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: lawn opinions
Replies: 43
Views: 1858

Re: lawn opinions

Go for gravel and lose the symmetry, nice big sweep out and round the banana. You can also plant into the gravel and just let the garden grow rather than having to cut things back to the lawn edge. Will Giles did this a few years ago and he has no lawn now - just wonderful borders of plants and broa...
by Ian Cooke
Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Aroids - lush and leafy!
Replies: 0
Views: 1003

Aroids - lush and leafy!

Hi folks - you might be interested in my blog on aroids - in particular, Colocasia, Alocasia and Xanthosoma - maybe nothing new but some pics of great plants seen this summer. Check it out at http://www.pampas2palms.com xanthosoma_lime_zinger-qpr.jpg The above I've guessed to be Xanthosoma 'Lime Zin...
by Ian Cooke
Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:11 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: where can i get a good size fatsia spiderweb
Replies: 32
Views: 1975

Re: where can i get a good size fatsia spiderweb

Yorkshire Kris wrote: Annelise has been at many chain and independent garden centres this year.
Ánnelise'? That's the really strong golden variegation not just the creamy 'Variegata'. I've looked everywhere and spoken to a lot of contacts and not found it once - you are the first person to say you've seen it but where?
by Ian Cooke
Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:17 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Variegated ground Elder YES or NO?
Replies: 8
Views: 598

Re: Variegated ground Elder YES or NO?

There is a plant that I've observed that seems to have a very similar leaf pattern. Its not ground elder but I don't know what it is - any ideas. For close comparison the variegated ground elder is the second pic
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by Ian Cooke
Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:09 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: where can i get a good size fatsia spiderweb
Replies: 32
Views: 1975

Re: where can i get a good size fatsia spiderweb

Duchy nursery in Cornwall had some excellent 'Spiders Web' earlier in the summer. As for 'Annelise', I've been searching for this for ages and can't find a single supplier - well I lie - there's one in the Plant Finder but they didn't have any available.