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by Alexander
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:50 pm
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Sand lizards
Replies: 22
Views: 2210

Re: Sand lizards

You do sometimes see the odd lizard back home in Portsmouth, but here in Malta as well as a few types of lizard, you get Chameleon's & Gecko's, even seen a couple in my back garden icon_thumleft Do you still see them in this time of the year overthere or is it to cold? In November I went to Italy. ...
by Alexander
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:45 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.
Replies: 20
Views: 1013

Re: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.

May be good for certain parts of Florida and California and the Mediterranean but like others have said, we don't have the heat or the light for even a basjoo to fruit reliably. Have you seen how quickly they grow in American summers? lol. I had planted one a couple of years ago in our tropical but...
by Alexander
Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:19 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.
Replies: 20
Views: 1013

Re: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.

Well making crossbreeds is allready something they did centuries ago. And take all those old races of dogs for example.

Alexander
by Alexander
Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:58 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Daffodils in January? and some signs of the mild winter...
Replies: 57
Views: 2935

Re: Daffodils in January? and some signs of the mild winter.

Daffodils, and I can't even remember planting these icon_scratch :lol: [ Image ] Osteospermum is still going does this thing ever die back? [ Image ] Viburnum tinus flowering profusely [ Image ] Gazanias with buds on [ Image ] [ Image ] Ensetes all doing well this year, creeping super slowly in the...
by Alexander
Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:44 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: what would you say this is?
Replies: 7
Views: 496

Re: what would you say this is?

Gaultheria from Western Canada.

Alexander
by Alexander
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:08 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: The Great British Garden Revival.
Replies: 138
Views: 5937

Re: The Great British Garden Revival.

Last one was also nice. About herbaceous longborders for example. And you can combine that with exotic stuff as well.

Those Crocosmias for example, in the wild they can be seen with a kind of treefern in Southn Africa.

Alexander
by Alexander
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:04 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.
Replies: 20
Views: 1013

Re: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.

Well from a Musa basjoo you can eat the flowerbud. In South East Asia they use those terminal bud to make a sort of curry wich is a sidedish with white rice. When well prepared it can be very good! And I have made it ones from a flowering M. basjoo here just before it started to freeze. And the leav...
by Alexander
Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:28 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: aralia elata review
Replies: 38
Views: 2373

Re: aralia elata review

i am really after something much faster growing than an acer and i want something with the big jungly leaves. not sure if these are hardy for your area? .... Magnolia macrophylla [ Image ] ------------------------------------------------- Rhododendron sinogrande [ Image ] --------------------------...
by Alexander
Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:24 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Daffodils in January? and some signs of the mild winter...
Replies: 57
Views: 2935

Re: Daffodils in January? and some signs of the mild winter.

We are now, 14 Januari exactly halfaway the winter. Well I count the winter from December 1 till the last day of Februari. March 1 spring starts and ends 30 or 31 of May and so on. Well the forcast are mild for the coming week at least and as long that blue collors stay away from me and remain where...
by Alexander
Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:09 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: The Great British Garden Revival.
Replies: 138
Views: 5937

Re: The Great British Garden Revival.

I am a lawn-ist with no intention of replacing it with anything else. I don't irrigate so the clover and yarrow are the only bits that are green in a dry summer. I thought that bit was quite interersting. The Tropical Garden bit by James Wong is IMHO the best UK Exotic Gardening programme I have se...
by Alexander
Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:51 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.
Replies: 20
Views: 1013

Re: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.

Dave the Tomtato isnt a hybrid of any means, its just a tomato scion grafted onto a potato rootstock probably by cotyledon grafting. So is there nowhere is sunny Spain or Greece where edible bananas fruit outdoors? I know they are grown commercially in Israel using stone mulch to raise soil temps. ...
by Alexander
Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.
Replies: 20
Views: 1013

Re: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.

Well cold hardy bananaplants grown here outside is purely for the tropical look they give. The ornamental value. But edible fruits here is only possible under glass. I have had eaten here bananas from this country. But they where from plants in botanical gardens and our butterflygarden where you get...
by Alexander
Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:03 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.
Replies: 20
Views: 1013

Re: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.

That's great news Alexander. Where did you hear about this? I wonder if/when we might get to trial some of these in Europe?? I was looking at Musa basjoo seeds and came across it. Well a cross between M. basjoo and edible M. sikkimensis makes sence anyway. And if you could make a hybrid between M. ...
by Alexander
Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:11 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: The Great British Garden Revival.
Replies: 138
Views: 5937

Re: The Great British Garden Revival.

I have never heard of a car called Dutch Calvinism.

Funny.

Alexander
by Alexander
Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Polar Vortex To Plunge US Temperatures to -50C
Replies: 73
Views: 3438

Re: Polar Vortex To Plunge US Temperatures to -50C

Thats why I always look first for the hardiest varieties of a particulair plant. For example Magnolia grandiflora 'Brackens Brown Beauty' instead of just a regulair less hardy M. grandiflora variaty. Alexander I thought they were hardy, here at least. The reason they are grown against a wall is so ...