WHAT'S LOOKING EXOTIC IN 2018

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  1. pete

    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Years ago I used to set up capillary matting and a neighbour used to come in and fill the reservoirs every day.
    I usually came home to a swamp.:biggrin::biggrin:

    I don't think the stuff actually works that well, as it delivers water whatever the weather.:smile:

    One year I bought massive bale of peat, built a wooden surround, put all the pots I could in there then totally covered the pots in peat, soaked the whole lot before going away.
    I set it up in the shadiest place I could find in the garden.

    It at least kept everything alive, if not thriving, for three weeks.:smile:
     
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      I found it worked best as long as the trough of water was at least 2ft lower than the bench with the pots. It only seemed to soak up enough water to keep things damp and didn't swamp the matting.
       
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        pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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        My stuff was on the greenhouse floor.
        Could have dug a hole I suppose.:scratch:;)
         
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          Furcrea has had a growing spurt in this mild weather:
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          Not too much to look at outdoors at this time of year, Trachy and Chamy and Mahonia 'soft caress' give some structure:
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            That is looking fantastic! :dbgrtmb:
            It gets too cold here to rick mine outdoors.
             
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              pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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              My fucrea is still outside but I'm ready to bring it in should we get another beast from the east.
               
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                Yup, that's what I meant. Too cold here to risk it in the ground basically.
                 
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                  Variegated Oleander is ignoring the frosts and still looks good.
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                  The warm summer helped the other Oleander to flower more than before and had loads of seed pods which have, just this week, opened.
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                  Butia capitata, Chamaerops cerifera and Fatsia Spiders Web.
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                  Tradescantia fluminensis, it's been in the ground for 4 years and survived frost and snow.
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                  Not exotic but this Nemesia Banana Swirl has also survived two or three frosts and below zero temperatures.
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