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The Moment of Truth (3)

15 March 2011 17:51:00
Crinum capense Powelli longifolium

Crinum capense Powelli longifolium


Hurray! That's a win, folks.

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LindaB LindaB 15 March 2011 18:33:45

Glad I had a part to play in that!! That is great news Rachel, when are you going to look at your Tree Ferns????

LNolan LNolan 15 March 2011 19:45:33

Well done Rachel. Thats a great result. Good to see that some things have survived over the winter.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 March 2011 20:28:26

Brilliant. Did you keep them over-wintering in the greenhouse or outside?


Rachel Rachel 15 March 2011 20:44:58

Yes, Linda. Thanks for the straw : )

I will check the tree ferns tomorrow. If I get the courage... maybe.

Thanks, L

Outside, Jacinta. Look at the two previous journal pics.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 15 March 2011 21:20:21

Great job to have them survive congratulations to everyone involved in the operation.

fran m fran m 15 March 2011 21:38:46

Well done, great that it worked.

HeadGardener HeadGardener 16 March 2011 12:29:52

Is it alive then Rachel??  Checked my tree ferns two weeks ago hairy and hard... so fingers crossed, also tetrapanax survived outside as did my two Musa Basjoo all that effort prtecting them paid off... dug up some casualties though also :-(

Hosta Hosta 16 March 2011 16:26:19

Thats great news Rachel.  Good luck with the tree ferns.

Rachel Rachel 17 March 2011 17:15:11

Yep, alive.

That's good news about your plants, Bill. My Musa basjoo lost its trunk again. It was in the greenhouse, sunk in the border and covered in straw. 

Mairin Mairin 17 March 2011 23:34:42

Are you going to keep them covered at night to protect against frost or will they be okay at this stage?

unagrant unagrant 18 March 2011 17:32:33

Well done it pays off to give things that extra protection.

Rachel Rachel 21 March 2011 23:56:37

Well, two of my tree ferns are dead and I'm not sure about the other two : (

Cloncaw Cloncaw 22 March 2011 00:06:48

Rachel did the gardener at the garden they visited not say to give up hope on the tree ferns even if they were mushy. It must be heartbreaking to lose these plants and especially with all the care you've given them to try and get them through the winter.

Rachel Rachel 22 March 2011 00:10:19

It's okay, Geraldine. I am resigned. I will leave them for a few months but one is actually bubbling in the crown. The thing is, I did everything I could to keep them. If I had been lazy or lackadaisical then I would recriminate myself. The lesson I draw is that I will not be buying more tree ferns.

unagrant unagrant 22 March 2011 09:42:43

Rachel I'm gutted for you.  That's a real shame, especialy after putting the work in to keep them alive.

HeadGardener HeadGardener 22 March 2011 13:42:22

Ah Rachel thats not good news you have me worried now I'll have to go check mine again..


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