The spare gunnera in an old dustbin next to the house
It's amazing how quickly the pots dry out in this weather. I fed and watered them today. The gunnera was drooping rather sadly so it had ten minutes of water and feed. I wouldn't want to keep a gunnera if I was on a water meter. As it happens, I have two. One in a bog garden and a spare one growing in a dustbin up against the house wall just in case we have such a hard winter that the main gunnera gets killed by frost. I do cover them both up nice and cosy before the first frosts at the end of the year.
|The old tall cordyline|
A couple of years ago I lost the cordyline I had growing by the pond. It was at least twelve feet tall at the time and I couldn't reach it to cover the crown.
|The new double cordyline|
The harsh winter killed off the top and the trunk became damp and mouldy and eventually the bark fell off. The smell of damp, rotting wood was very strong.
I was gutted when I had to cut it down but fortunately, within a few months, it had sprouted from the bottom and two of the four shoots have thrived so I now have a double trunked cordyline growing instead. It's doing very well and growing fast, probably because it already had a good root system underneath. I still have a spare one in a pot just in case, though...