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Rachel's Journal

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Foxglove Tree

06 May 2010 19:34:01
Paulownia

Paulownia

I wish I could write that my Foxglove Tree has flowered but that is very far from the truth.

Instead I am elated with the news that my paulownia is actually still alive!

It has plenty of new buds : ) Now if only my Hoheria would come round...

This tree is meant to be a fast grower but I guess the winters have kept mine in check as it hasn't grown in height at all since I put it in the ground.

Maybe I'll dig it up and move it to the back of a border. It would get more shelter there and I could try pollarding it. But this is probably not a good time to move it!


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knocknakillew knocknakillew 06 May 2010 19:45:16

the bunds are looking very strong


fran m fran m 06 May 2010 20:17:27

Hope it puts on agreat show, after that winter.


Clara Clara 06 May 2010 21:59:51

Looking good so far .


Myrtle Myrtle 06 May 2010 22:27:09

Is that a group of white tulips in the background? Sorry Im inclined to ignore what I know I cant have! No space for trees but I must make a note to get some white tulips!


sparrow sparrow 06 May 2010 23:56:46

I'm surprised anything survived that winter. Mother nature is wonderful


HeadGardener HeadGardener 07 May 2010 07:44:17

Rachel mine is at the same stage was hoping to move it to my exotic border, but 'fast growing' is relative for a tree. My two Romneya have also survived the winter (protected) so good to see stuff make it through.


Lìga Lìga 07 May 2010 09:28:16

Bill ,,do you have Romneya?Where you got it?I sowed Romneya seeds,4 weeks ago.now there is some seedlings,so if it not weeds,then i will get some plants too.

   My Anemone tree(carpenterica californica)got black ends of  leaves after winter,but this year i will be smarter,i will cover it for winter in garden fleece,while plant is small need some protection,from cold winds.

  If you want move it Rachle,better wait autumn.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 07 May 2010 09:43:19

Liga I bought two last year at the Rare and Special Plant Fair for €12 each (expensive but they're normally €20 each) Caroline Deacon in Coolaught Gardens here in wexford told us to plant them in the worst/dirtiest, nutrient deficient area we had as they grow naturally on waste ground and there doing well there. I'm hopefully there again this Sunday it's on in Castletown House in Celbridge, Co Kildare.


Rachel Rachel 07 May 2010 10:12:12

Thanks, folks.

Myrtle, that's my tulip/aster circle in the background with Purissima.

I'll wait until autumn, Liga.

Bill, I plan on going to the Rare Plant Fair myself on Sunday so I will see you there : ) I will be looking out for Romneya as I got nothing from seed.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 07 May 2010 13:56:01

Great I'll text you when I get there Rachel, I think we bought ours from two lions garden plants or Sydney conneff plants but can't be sure.


greenway greenway 07 May 2010 23:07:22

i wish i could say the same about my foxglove tree it's dead above the ground but it sometimes sends up suckers so i am hoping and waiting


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