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neobb wrote:
Hi Mark!
Thanks for the new photos!
Really interested in the Blechnum cycadifolium. I will be getting one in 2018.
How old is your specimen?
I understand that it prefers cool summers.
Thanks!


Hi Ted I grew the cycadifolium from spore which is a good 5 years old now. I found they grew much faster in oversized pots for some reason. And they definitely don’t like the heat of summer. In habitat they grow on wind swept slopes so hot and dry isn’t their thing.

Eduard, yes that’s a dealbata in the foreground. There are many in the gully all growing in full sun and thriving. My neighbour has a grove of them with trunks 30 feet or more. I’ll scramble down there later and take some pics!

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Cyathea cunninghamii at the bottom of the gully getting swallowed up by pesky Canna Lilly things

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A very dry slope round the side of the house lends itself well to xeric plants and palms.

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This Nikau palm is thriving. It was just a tiny 2 litre seedling when I planted it 3 years ago.

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Cyathea robusta

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Mark Longley wrote:
Cyathea cunninghamii at the bottom of the gully getting swallowed up by pesky Canna Lilly things

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"Calla Lilies" = Zantedeschia.

Hi Mark, nice to see you back. Impressed with the speed of growth of those ferns, but I suppose they're at their most comfortable there.

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Nice to see your garden in our winter Mark it gives me fresh impetus to plan for next year.
Love your Pseudopanax are they ferox and trident?

The ground in some shots looks quite dry how is the precipitation over there are you getting plenty......Mo I am watching!


Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:43 pm
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Hi Kev

Those Psedopanax are ferox and the green leaf one is called Cyril Watson so obviously some sort of hybrid.

Yes the ground is dry as a bone at the moment. It rained all winter. Every day for 6 months and then just in the last month it’s suddenly stopped raining, warmed up and there’s talk of a drought!

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I have hardly changed at all Mark you....

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Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:49 pm
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A few parenthood induced wrinkles now Kev but lifting tree fern trunks keeps me fit!

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Brilliant!

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This is what Christmas should be about. Not snow covered abies and red breasted robins, or feeling sorry for the less fortunate through the writings of Dickens....but a pictorial record of a kiwi garden :wink:


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Absolutely! No sleigh bells ringing around here!

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Looks way to sunny there Mark I thought our 12c was pleasent!


Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:12 pm
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Yes it’s lovely here Kev. 24 deg C and a faint breeze. Looking good for tomorrow. Xmas dinner out on the deck!

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Meryta sinclairii is a new native for me I’ve never tried before. A very distinctive tree with huge thick green leaves.

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This is the biggest of 3 medullaris that I planted as Babies just 3 years ago. Nothing stopping them now.


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Mark that medullaris is already a sturdy one, in 7 years you have a small giant standing there :wink:

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The Meryta brings back sad memories I grew one from a 2 leafer to over 6ft tall.
I used to move it to the kitchen when we had a hard freeze forecast -3c one winter turned out to be -8c........need I say more...never seen one for sale since! :evil:

A nice specimen you have Mark and the Black tree fern looks immense


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