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19 March 2010 17:04:46


Here are the 3 Echiums that I protected in the greenhouse with fleece last winter.

The ones in the garden are a write off but these at least have solid stems.

I wonder might they recover. I will leave them and see!

Myrtle, that's the palm you gave me in the foreground. It's come through fine : )

By the way, my Kiwi plant (of all things) has new growth on it!!!

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 March 2010 17:28:05

Rachel, that Phoenix canariensis in your greenhouse, did you over-winter it inside? I left one outside all winter. It is as dead as a dodo. Greenhouse looks great. I envy you the size of it. Well done.

fran m fran m 19 March 2010 17:29:59

Great about the Kiwi.

Rachel Rachel 19 March 2010 17:43:55

It was too big to bring in, Jacinta, so it stayed in the greenhouse, wrapped in fleece. The fronds aren't even burned. Maybe yours was smaller? I can't explain it.

My Sago Palm did not fare so well, despite being brought indoors. All the foliage died. I'm just hoping it will re-grow.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 March 2010 17:47:07

Mine was outside, planted in the ground in my bog garden. Yes it is much smaller than yours. I must have a really close look tomorrow to see if it is totally gone. My Sago Palm spent the winter in the greenhouse, no fleece, or any covering. And it is perfect.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 March 2010 17:51:21

I forgot to take my Kiwi in. Think IT'S gone too.

Rachel Rachel 19 March 2010 18:08:39

But that's just ridiculous! We had the same plants and ended up with different results? But maybe your palm wasn't a sago palm, Jacinta. I remember you saying there was no label when you bought it. I am very glad that came through for you as you brought it back from the Canaries and it is a real beauty.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 March 2010 18:13:19

Yea ridiculous alright. I did find the label eventually. It was stuck to the end of the pot. Cycal revoluta. I remember when I back from Lanzarote we got the same ones in to work. And I threw the last one in the skip last week. It was totally gone. I am very happy with its outcome, considering this one only cost me €4.99 abroad, and would have cost 14.99 here.

Myrtle Myrtle 19 March 2010 18:21:44

It is strange what lives and what doesnt. Those echiums will probably green up for you.

Deborah Deborah 19 March 2010 18:38:11

I have seen many echiums like that in my time but not once have I seen one come back to life :(

Rachel Rachel 19 March 2010 18:59:51

Well then they are the same, Jacinta. Very strange. Yours must just have been that bit bigger and sturdier.

That's bad news, Deborah, but I'm not surprised!

Ladybird Ladybird 19 March 2010 19:03:21

Hope it come back for you Rachel.

Pat Pat 19 March 2010 20:38:16

Don't give upon it Rachel. I left mine out in the Nature garden in 2008 winter and it flowered in 2009. The photo is in the July album. They self seed also. I was not as lucky this year and I protected them.

HeadGardener HeadGardener 19 March 2010 21:24:13

Rachel dont chuck them but to be honest I'd agree with Deborah that I've seen many like this and they have'nt came back (mostly my own) but you live in hope.  The old kiwi plants are tough and I had mine in the garage and I think it came thru fine and it was down to 0 degrees in there..

Rachel Rachel 19 March 2010 21:45:53

Thanks, everyone. I won't chuck out the echiums just yet. In comparison to the ones left in the garden, they look like Chelsea award winners so I'm reluctant to give up on them just yet, despite the most informed of advice.

My kiwi suffered -10 in the greenhouse, Bill. And it wasn't wrapped in any fleece! Obviously an over-sight!

Mairin Mairin 19 March 2010 23:30:35

Rachel, I just read that kiwi's can tolerate -25 degrees! 

Rachel Rachel 21 March 2010 22:43:40

Really - must look them up, Mairin. More of that and less of the other!


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