Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Unwrapping The Tree Ferns And Banana Plants
The tree fern and banana plants have been under wraps since the 22nd October protecting them from the cold of the British winter. The south of England has been basking in unseasonably high temperatures over the last week, reaching 21C today, so the gardeners took the opportunity to remove some of the wrapping.
First to be unwrapped were the 9 tree fern, Dicksonia antartica and Dicksonia fibrosa, all of which had both the hessian and horticultural fleece removed. On some of the crowns, newly emerging fronds were revealed, curled up tight waiting to unfurl.
The bananas, not as frost hardy as the ferns, had their hessian removed, leaving the fleece in place to insulate them until all risk of frost has gone, usually end of May.