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Tree fern lost and found

My inlaws gave me a nice little plant of Dicksonia Antarctica* as an early birthday present. I was very pleased: tree ferns are amazing things, and this one was small enough that I could be pretty confident it had been raised from spores in the UK rather than ripped out of somewhere nice in New Zealand (all the exported ones are *supposed* to be under proper licence and controls, etc, etc, but let's face it, if you were going to get an illegal one, Ebay is where you'd expect to find it!)

I already had a D.A. that I bought on Ebay about 4 years ago (I think) but I hadn't checked it at all this winter, so I went to see what it was up to. I was alarmed to find that it wasn't where I thought I'd put it, near my Millennium Lime Tree (now getting a bit large: stage 2 of the project is to convert it to a Millennium Lime Coppice Stool, so I think I'll coppice it back in the autumn.)

I was a bit concerned that I'd planted DA1 out too soon and that perhaps it had proved less hardy than I'd hoped - but I have now finally tracked it down: I'd changed my mind where to put it, and it ended up in the top Eastern corner, near Amber's grave. It is covered in still-green fronds, covering this year's thick, energetic-looking frond twirls (I wonder if there is a special word for those loops that ferns make when the fronds are small). The Twirls are covered in thick chestnut covered hair, and look like they are going to be much bigger this year than last.

DA2 is now in a pot by the back door, where I can supervise him till he grows up a bit and is ready to join his friend.

Elsewhere in the garden, the Pieris is in full bloom and attracting loads of bumblebees (much to Az's fury: he finds them irritating and tries to catch them in his teeth). I'm having that Pieris out, but I think I'll have to try putting one in somewhere else for the bees. I had intended to put in a beech hedge along the left hand side of the garden, but I see from a google that there are pieris varieties that can be used for hedging, which is an intriguing idea. Beech would be more traditional, but then I do already have quite a lot of beech hedging...

February Gold daffodils have really lived up to their name this year (usually they are more Late February early March Gold). The Camellias are doing well: I do wish they weren't quite so obsessively pink and frilly, but there's no denying they are impressive, healthy-looking plants. There are plenty of primroses about still. No Glory of the Snow: I don't think they are very long lived bulbs. But there are some grape hyacinths almost in bloom at the bottom of the grape vine.

* the only tree fern that is really reliably hardy in the UK without extra care, such as bubblewrap in the winter. I really do not have time for plants that need to be babied with bubblewrap!
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