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Some of you will have seen in the past photos of my lovely Tree fern The first two pictures are a reminder of how it looked last year


Come winter its crown was stuffed with straw and the fronds bent over to protect the crown further, all as instructed by Alan Titmarsh!
Spring arrived and all seemed well, new fronds had formed but as time went on nothing happened and on close inspection each unfurled frond proved to be just a dried up shell quite dead as picture 3


I never gave up on it and continued to talk to it and stroke the fury centre it feels a lot like Jamie’s ears soft and silky.
Then a couple of weeks back i thought the very centre of the crown seemed to protrude more but was not sure if it was my imagination,then yesterday I could see green and today well see for yourselves.One new frond and another not far behind.


I think i am happier to see that green shoot than all the other flowers in the garden this year put together. Its now eleven years since i bought it and one of my family and i don’t like to loose any of them,If it wants a hot water bottle this winter it shall have it.

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glad its coming through for you at last..can imagine the hot water bottle lol..

10 Aug, 2010

 

Brilliant, its late though ! Never mind, better late than never, its going to be just as lovely as last year fingers crossed for you.

10 Aug, 2010

 

Hooray!!!!!!!!!!...just trying to imagine the "hot water bottle route"........hmmmmm...!!

10 Aug, 2010

 

Thats brilliant for you such a lovely tree fern would of been a sin for it to die, glad you kept up hope. I must of enjoyed those strokes and little chats :o))

10 Aug, 2010

 

Whey hey, well done you must feel like a dog with two tails ! lol
Keep up the good work hot water bottles chats and all.

10 Aug, 2010

 

o no and i riped mine out , have to go find it omg . silly me . great news 4 you tho . o cry cry cry have to ring oh at work now lol.

10 Aug, 2010

 

This is great news, I know how you feel bjs, I love my TFs to.. Mine get overwintered in my Ghouse wrapped in fleece and fleece stuffed in the crown as well.. My new TF (bargain at the end of summer last year) came through brilliantly with 11 fronds and i noticed 2 days ago there's 2 new one's coming through! the same happened with my smaller one 2 summers ago, 2 new fronds in August, Im not complaining mind :)))))

11 Aug, 2010

 

Fingers crossed for you. I have three and only two have put in an appearance this year. I feel one has gone to the garden in the sky.

11 Aug, 2010

 

I have just bought a TF (effectionally now called Terry) so all blogs on this subejct are being paid careful attention to. well done at not getting rid of it when you thought it was potentially dead - a lesson for us all.

11 Aug, 2010

 

What a relief for you. It's lovely to hear a happy ending............. :o)))

11 Aug, 2010

bjs
Bjs
 

Kfunsters
Last winter in the west was probably the longest prolonged cold spell certainly in the 11 years i have had it.i have always wedged straw into the crown holding it in position with chicken wire.
I am now of the opinion that this not adequate in very cold weather..i will try to explain ,the new fronds form just inboard of the previous years fronds(not in the centre) so are exposed to the outer edge of the crown ,when i put the straw in position this protects the centre which is required because that can frost and go mushy but does not protect the outer rim of the crown,some straw always overlaps the outside but would not protect from North east horizontal wind.
Fleece wrapped around may be the answer,I am still open to suggestions.At the time of protecting, the fronds are strong and green and would make the fleece difficult to keep in place i am reluctant to cut them off as i don't no what effect this will have..Hope this makes some sense.
Brian

11 Aug, 2010

 

had every thing on mine and it still not survive

11 Aug, 2010

bjs
Bjs
 

Cristina.Cheshire= 2 hot water bottles.
Seriously had you had it long as i believe in there first year or two they are more vulnerable.and last winter was a bad one.

11 Aug, 2010

 

I am so happy for you as I love all my plants as much as I love OH !!!and would be most upset to see them die.

11 Aug, 2010

 

I also thought mine was dead but 1 fern and 2 tiny lumps are visible now,taking ages to come out but there is life there.I know how you feel as I was also thrilled when it came up after such a long time.So glad I looked after it all summer. Good luck with yours, may not be that good this year but it's alive.

15 Aug, 2011

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