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by simon
Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:30 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Anyone had any snow yet?
Replies: 50
Views: 2440

Re: Anyone had any snow yet?

This morning on my normal journey to work, which includes 25 miles of M25 from M4 to Leatherhead, there was about a 1 mile stretch at Staines where it had snowed. There was even snow on the carriage way between each lane. Then it stopped as abruptly as it appeared. It was definitely snow and not thi...
by simon
Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:15 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Winter Protection: What do you think of this idea?
Replies: 9
Views: 738

Re: Winter Protection: What do you think of this idea?

I agree and would add that the amount of fleece insulation required just to stop the hose freezing through would probably be enough to protect the plant on its own any way.
by simon
Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: The *delaying it for another week thread* 17th - 24th UPDATE
Replies: 157
Views: 8262

Re: The *delaying it for another week thread* 17th - 24th UP

I saw the forcast for snow a about 11pm last night so I went out and put the plastic bell cloche over Aloe aristata. They don't bat an eyelid at snow here, Simon. Never protected them, and the snow protected them from -10C in 2010 :wink: Last year I left it uncovered for the first time as it had go...
by simon
Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: The *delaying it for another week thread* 17th - 24th UPDATE
Replies: 157
Views: 8262

Re: The *delaying it for another week thread* 17th - 24th UP

I saw the forcast for snow a about 11pm last night so I went out and put the plastic bell closhes over Agave montana, Aloe aristata and Yucca filifera. I still need to tie up the leaves and fleece the Dasylirion serratifolium but that will have to wait until I am feeling brave. We had our first subz...
by simon
Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Does anyone enjoy super cold -10*c plus etc
Replies: 19
Views: 1027

Re: Does anyone enjoy super cold -10*c plus etc

...humans are not supposed to live at these silly latitudes (if you think otherwise, try and walk barefoot for a week) Are you suggesting that humans are not supposed to wear shoes? If so, presumably we are not supposed to be intellegent enough to exploit new environments by making things that keep...
by simon
Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: deepest shade
Replies: 22
Views: 1152

Re: deepest shade

Mr List wrote:Pachysandra terminalis could be a brilliant shout.

what types of Helleborus?

are there any evergreen ones?
Yes I think most in cultivation are evergreen.

Have you tried Bergenia? they tollerate dry shade. I wonder If your ferns where too dry rather than too dark.
by simon
Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Pet poo wormery fertiliser
Replies: 14
Views: 946

Re: Pet poo wormery fertiliser

Ouraka, how did you get on with starting your wormery going and where do you keep it. I started one some time ago for kitchen waste but the worms died shortly after and I have been reluctant to try again as I don't know what killed them. I kept mine in the garage as the info said it should be kept f...
by simon
Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: american skunk cabbage
Replies: 18
Views: 1305

Re: american skunk cabbage

I toyed with the idea of getting it but decided against it for the reason Jas has said. I think it likes to be kept very wet. Would be good as a marginal but I don't have a pond. There are generally two species available; L. americanus and L. camtschatcensis. I don't know if one tollerates drier soi...
by simon
Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: A perfect Waggie!
Replies: 53
Views: 3408

Re: A perfect Waggie!

Where do people get these crazy ideas from? I can't imagine how anyone could arrive at the conclusion that cutting off healthy leaves could possibly make a palm grow quicker. Maybe it's trying to grow out of arms reach so you stop hackinging at it :roll: :lol:
by simon
Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Serious Dicksonia Antartica Frost-related Question
Replies: 23
Views: 1621

Re: Serious Dicksonia Antartica Frost-related Question

I forgot to give my answer to the original question. I think there is a considerable temperature difference between loss of fronds and death of the crown. I always loose my fronds and have lost young knuckles a couple of times but haven't had a total death. I think that that as Dave said fronds are ...
by simon
Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Serious Dicksonia Antartica Frost-related Question
Replies: 23
Views: 1621

Re: Serious Dicksonia Antartica Frost-related Question

I think Dave is right on this. The idea of mulch is that it effectively gives you a greater depth of protection for dormant tubers and rhizomes. If your soil is likely to freeze to a depth of 4 inches and you add 4 inches of mulch, the mulch freezes but not he soil (assuming for simplicity that the ...
by simon
Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: HTUK web/forum Technical Stuff and Help (public)
Topic: Clocks Change -Resetting the forum from BST to GMT
Replies: 16
Views: 11590

Re: Clocks Change -Resetting the forum from BST to GMT

Yes, much of western Europe, including France, Spain, Belgium, Holland are geographically in the UTC timeline but for some reason use UTC+1. Only Portugal uses UTC but geographically they are pretty much in UTC-1. along with about 50% of Rep. of Ireland. I don't see any reason why we can't go with U...
by simon
Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Is this a yucca of some sort?
Replies: 35
Views: 2353

Re: Is this a yucca of some sort?

i do hope it sends out some more shoots from the sides and makes it more bushy. :D When it flowers, the growing point should divide into two or more, like a cordyline. Then it will become bushy and eventually branched. It is also likely to produce new growth points from around the base at ground le...
by simon
Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:20 pm
Forum: HTUK web/forum Technical Stuff and Help (public)
Topic: Clocks Change -Resetting the forum from BST to GMT
Replies: 16
Views: 11590

Re: Clocks Change -Resetting the forum from BST to GMT

I had a scary thought today that the planet wont tilt back and we stay in winter forever!?! :shock: :shock: :lol: :lol: I think your misunderstanding how it works. The earth doesn't tilt back anf forth. Its axis is always tilted in the same direction, but the seasons change as it rotates around the...
by simon
Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Is this a yucca of some sort?
Replies: 35
Views: 2353

Re: Is this a yucca of some sort?

Definitely not filamentosa. As Darren said, that has filaments coming off the leaf margins as the name suggests. Also they are no-trunk forming and readily sucker instead. That plant has no filaments, no suckers and appears to be forming a trunk. I would go for recurvifolia aka Y. Gloriosa var. recu...