Tuesday, 27 September 2011


Ain't nature wonderful. It never ceases to amaze me.

A huge amount of damage was done to shrubs and plants and some trees as a result of  prolonged snow and ice last winter, not only because of the cold but because of the weight of the snow. Indeed I had a lovely shrub broken (recovered after some judicious pruning) by weight of snow.

I also thought I'd lost our Cordyline Australis which is a palm-like tree which we kept in a pot. In the UK it's probably better known as the Torbay Palm because of the profusion of these glorious trees in the Torbay area on the south coast. The vast majority of Cordyline's died this winter in the UK, both mature and smaller varieties. All that is left of mine is the rotting bare trunk.

We've had it years and I couldn't bring myself round to throwing it away - stupid or sentimental or both. It's a dead tree for goodness sake.

Well I was watering my plants about an hour ago and as I passed the dead plant in a pot, I noticed something rather miraculous. From the base of the rotting stump is new growth; a new mini Cordyline. I am absolutely amazed and stunned. I will have to look after it better this winter, perhaps wrap it up with a bit of bubble wrap - not pretty, but effective. A re-birth.

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  1. I'd do that now, and keep it slightly moist. The weather forecast for our regions for the next week-and-a-half is hot. Over 25 C apparently.

    My Rosemary and Lavender, which are related and I use for cooking, are looking a bit woeful. Bubble wrap? I'll try that :)

  2. The gardeners always say never throw anything away which you think has been killed by frost and/or snow as it may well rejuvenate. Your cordyline is living proof - treat it kindly and talk to it regularly and it will be back to its old self soon.

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    I'm hoping that the warm weather will bring enough strength to the new shoot before I tape it up for the winter. I must confess, my lavender in pots are a bit washed out, but then I think they always look tatty this time of the year.

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    It's advice I've never heard before to be fair, I don't know why I kept it, but from now on I won't be in such a rush to get rid. Yes I do talk to the plants, I read an article by a scientist that its the carbon di oxide from our breath that helps the plants grow, but I'm not so sure on that one.

  4. That's great news. My bottle brush tree died and althoughg I left it all summer in hope it never came back. I hoped that it would flower this year too - because it was about four years old. Ah well. Start again. (Ain't that often the way with gardens?)

  5. Hi MorningAJ
    I'm afraid it took me years to learn what would and wouldn't survive - I guess it's cost me a whole heap of dosh on unsuitable plants one way or another.

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