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awomanonabike

When I'm not on my bike, you'll find me in my organic-ish garden in #Cumbria. Favourite plants? Wisteria, hellebores, peonies, philadelphus...

Dicksonia antarctica

  • Season Icon Mid AutumnMid Autumn 2021
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awomanonabike

Well! The tree fern has had such a good year I had to get the ladders our to cover it up 🌴 #dicksonia-antarctica #tasmanian-tree-fern

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belindah

I have a very young one (about quarter of the size of yours) and my first winter coming up....I've read that some people cut the fronds off and then wrap it but cutting them off is actually not necessary... do you keep them? And if so, do you have to push them together upwards?

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belindah

I have a very young one (about quarter of the size of yours) and my first winter coming up....I've read that some people cut the fronds off and then wrap it but cutting them off is actually not necessary... do you keep them? And if so, do you have to push them together upwards?

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belindah

I have a very young one (about quarter of the size of yours) and my first winter coming up....I've read that some people cut the fronds off and then wrap it but cutting them off is actually not necessary... do you keep them? And if so, do you have to push them together upwards?

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belindah

I have a very young one (about quarter of the size of yours) and my first winter coming up....I've read that some people cut the fronds off and then wrap it but cutting them off is actually not necessary... do you keep them? And if so, do you have to push them together upwards?

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belindah

I have a very young one (about quarter of the size of yours) and my first winter coming up....I've read that some people cut the fronds off and then wrap it but cutting them off is actually not necessary... do you keep them? And if so, do you have to push them together upwards or downwards (hope I'm explaining myself 😬😬😬🤔🤣)

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awomanonabike

Hi Belinda, I’ve read that some people cut the fronds off too, but I don’t. Sometimes they make it through the winter OK and other times I cut the damaged ones off in the spring. I live in Cumbria so the winters are particularly wet. The most important bit to protect is the top, where the fronds emerge. I cover it with dry barley straw which I keep in place with a plastic bag. Then I tie the fronds together above it. Scroll right and you’ll see how I do it. I hope that helps @belindah

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columbiariver

Great demonstration 🤩 thanks 😊

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lilybee

I've done mine today too. This year I've wrapped the trunk in thin horticultural fleece and stuffed strips of fleece in the crown. I left the leaves unwrapped last year and they were fine, most overwintered and I cut a few stragglers off in Spring. I'm in Hampshire @belindah so mine needs less protection than Jacqueline's. My in laws in NZ always laugh when I tell them I've wrapped the tree fern - they've got 12 and they just leave them! 🌴🌴🌴

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awomanonabike

You’re welcome Laura! 😊 @columbiariver

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awomanonabike

I’m interested that you wrap the trunk Sue. I’ve never seen that done before 🤔 The big challenge in my garden is the combination of the wet with cold. Cold on its own and I think they do OK , hence I keep the crown dry @lilybee

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lilybee

I think the very first year I had it I was advised to wrap the trunk and I've just kept on doing it!

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awomanonabike

I’ve just been putting the #tasmanian-tree-fern to bed for the winter (scroll left to see how I do it) and spotted these. Seems like it has its own mini-ecosystem on its trunk 😊 #dicksonia-antarctica #dicksoniaantarctica #winterprotection

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

They’d grow on your feet if you stood outside for long enough Jacqueline 😆

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awomanonabike

😂 That’s Cumbria for you 😉@wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

Yeah your right I wonder if anything ever drys out completely 😄

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awomanonabike

It’s not called the Lake District for nothing 🙄 @wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

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awomanonabike

You can’t beat the top of a ladder for a good view 😊#mondaymotivation #dicksonia-antarctica #dicksoniaantarctica

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rachelbrooks

Fab pic! Love the geometry! 💚

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jpea

Well done, amazing photo 👍👍👏

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jendren

The things we do for a good photo!

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awomanonabike

Ferns are just so photogenic especially in the spring 💚 @rachelbrooks

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awomanonabike

Thanks Jeff ☺️ @jpea

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awomanonabike

😂 I know! But it was worth it 😉 @jendren

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jpea

Jeff??? 😁 Jackie 🤣🤣 @awomanonabike

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awomanonabike

Oops! Sorry about that JP 🤦‍♀️ @jpea

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pelly

Fabulous view 💚💚💚

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awomanonabike

I love ladders! 😃 @pelly

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solly1961

Fab birds-eye view, spiral draws you in.

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awomanonabike

Ta daa! #dicksonia-antarctica #dicksoniaantarctica

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columbiariver

Looks great 👍

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awomanonabike

Thanks Laura. I’m really pleased with it. It doesn’t look as bashed about as it usually does at this time of year 🙄 @columbiariver

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awomanonabike

28 Oct 2019 • All wrapped up! If you want to see how I do it scroll left #tasmaniantreefern 🌴

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lilybee

That looks a lovely specimen Jacqueline. I reckon I've got another two weeks before wrapping mine but I'll keep an eye on the weather just in case! 🌴

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awomanonabike

It’s been much better this year and seems to have recovered from last year when it really suffered in the drought and hardly out in any growth. It was almost -3 last night so definitely time to wrap up ❄️🧣 @lilybee

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suerichards

Wow what a fabulous way to wrap them. I covered a few plants today and dug up my canna lilies. But still have 100 bulbs to plant on land opposite our house. It’s a busy time isn’t it @awomanonabike 😓

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awomanonabike

Thanks. I still have loads to do...but I always do and I never get it all done but somehow nature makes it all look OK 🙄😃 @suerichards

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pauline33

Looking very cosy ☺️😍😍

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awomanonabike

I hope so Pauline 😀 @pauline33

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awomanonabike

6 May 2019 • Signs of new growth 💚 #dicksonia-antarctica #treefern For anyone who is worried, this was #grownfromseed in the UK by by the wonderful guys at Fernatix

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rachelbrooks

Looks like a little gorilla curled up asleep!

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awomanonabike

I’m so glad you said that. I almost posted that it reminded me of an orangutan but decided it was just me 🙄😬 @rachelbrooks

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rachelbrooks

Doh! Yes! An orangutan! Think that’s what I meant! 🤣

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awomanonabike

I knew that 👍😘 @rachelbrooks

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awomanonabike

29 Oct 18 • Seems like I timed this just right. I wrapped it up yesterday and have woken to our first hard frost this morning ❄️❄️❄️ #dicksonia-antarctica #dicksoniaantarctica

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richard.spicer.7906

Good timing! Looks like I’ve had a light frost here, but doesn’t look like the Dahlias are affected so they’ll stay out for a bit longer.

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pelly

Bye bye 💚💚

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awomanonabike

I leave mine until they are blackened, then (if I remember and haven’t gone into complete hibernation myself 🙄) I dig them up and dry them off. I have left one behind in the past and amazingly it survived 😃 @richard.spicer.7906

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awomanonabike

And so unusual for me Jason. Usually it’s done in a last minute panic 🙄😂 @Jasonsparkes1

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awomanonabike

Until the spring 👋👋 @pelly

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awomanonabike

10 Aug 18 • Yesterday I trimmed off all the old, tatty fronds. The new ones are much shorter than usual but I think it still looks better for the tidy up 🌴💚 #treefern

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awomanonabike

😂😂 Thanks Gary 🚀 🚀🚀 @scaryskates

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angelawilkin

Hi I’m A keen Gardner have only been doing it for about six years still quite clueless and not very good at computers so don’t quite know how to get started on this site any tips and hints would be gratefully appreciated PS Dickinsons ferns are amazing I have one in the ground and one in a pot .

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awomanonabike

Hi Angela, Welcome to GardenTags! GT is a really lovely community of gardeners from the pros to the just beginning. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. There is no question too daft 😉 If you want someone in particular to see your post, just tag them, like this @scaryskates - follow Gary & he will keep you entertained while you work out what it’s all about 😉😂😘 @angelawilkin

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brightcolours

Angela, hopefully these videos will help you get started: http://blog.gardentags.com/2016/09/14/gardentags-video-guides/ @angelawilkin

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pelly

That's amazing 💚💚💚

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awomanonabike

Thanks Jane. It certainly looks better than it did. @pelly

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jeatacake

Fantastic 😍 Love these 👍

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awomanonabike

Thanks Jeff. We have had it for many years and the fronds were getting to be huge but it has had a very rough year 🙄 It was grown from seed by Fernatix, if you’re after one @jeatacake

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jeatacake

Wow. Do you know how old it is from seed? If not too long, I may try it!

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awomanonabike

I don’t I’m afraid but we must have had it at least 10 years... @jeatacake

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jamescalli

I was looking to buy one , they cost like 400 for 12 year old. This must be your pride and joy

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awomanonabike

6 May 2018 • Good morning peeps. Another beautiful morning in paradise - but my tree fern has never looked so tatty. Hopefully it will recover 🌴

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CraigStarkey

Doesn’t look to bad considering the spring so far 😕

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rachelbrooks

Nice new growth at the bottom! 🌿🌿😊

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awomanonabike

Yes, but sadly not tree fern 🌿🌿@rachelbrooks

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rachelbrooks

Oh! Yes! I can see now, too low down 🙈 I spec it will pick up now the weather has turned 🤞🏼😊

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awomanonabike

Hope so 🤞 @rachelbrooks

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Nostaljazz

I’m sure it will be ok!

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awomanonabike

Thanks Elena, I hope so. We’ve had it for many years but lots of plants have come out of this winter worse for wear @Nostaljazz

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belindah

Just reading through and see that I had a conversation with you 3 years ago (that's when I bought my first ever one - but I killed it off last year😣 I only put straw in the top but not covered with bag also. It had survived the previous 2 winters but not this last one) I'm hoping I'll do better with my new one purchased this year.

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awomanonabike

Monty suggested that covering the centre of a tree fern with plastic was hard, as it blows away. I use a plastic bag with holes punched in the corners and tie it on ✅ #treefern #treefern-overwinter

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awomanonabike

🙊 Just realised I posted a very similar collage this time last year🤔 Oh well! Have a lovely weekend anyway 😂

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rachelbrooks

Well you’re consistent...and it obviously works! 👍🏼😉

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awomanonabike

Haha! Thanks Rachel! @rachelbrooks

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pauline33

Practical woman 👍☺️😍

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awomanonabike

There's not much you can't do with a plastic bag and some string Pauline 😂😂 @pauline33

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awomanonabike

Here you go Belinda. This is what I do and it has survived -20C like this, and #cumbria is wet too!! @belinda

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awomanonabike

Thank you to whoever it was who last night mentioned feeding their tree fern. I have never fed ours...I have now #treefern

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pelly

I'm really not a fan of ferns, but seeing all the photos on here of them unfurling I might have to change my mind Jacqueline. Mind you, it seems that everything I have said that about since I joined here have now become firm favourites of mine. What is happening to me? 😂😎😂

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awomanonabike

😂😂😂 Welcome to the club! My name is Jacqueline and I am a plantaholic @pelly

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pelly

Oh dear, there's no hope for me now is there Jacqueline. I am a plantantaholic. 😂😂😂 There, I've come clean.

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awomanonabike

Well done Jane. You're with friends 😀 @pelly

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awomanonabike

'Tis the day of the great unveiling 😊

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pelly

Ohh, spectacular 💚💚💚

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riakat

Stretching after a nice long sleep 😊😊

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gjones

Looks great- love ferns!

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Keely

Oh wow 💚💚💚

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juliesgarden

Oh fantastic 👌👌

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susanhumphrey333

Wonderful 😊

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awomanonabike

@pelly It was, Jane. I should have had musical accompaniment 🎶

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awomanonabike

@riakat Absolutely!

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awomanonabike

@gjones Thanks! Me too - which is just as well as I have a very shady garden 😉

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awomanonabike

@Keely They are fab aren't they Keely 😊

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awomanonabike

@juliesgarden The unveiling is a great day 😊

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awomanonabike

Time to put the #dicksonia to bed until the spring 💤 #treefern

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wesleybrian

That is so beautiful 👌

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awomanonabike

It really is @wesleybrian and so pleased that it survives here ❄️💦

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brightcolours

#treefern-overwinter

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brightcolours

Good collage of the process.

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awomanonabike

Thanks Katie @brightcolours You have been very busy tonight/this morning/tomorrow! Or is it yesterday where you are?!

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brightcolours

Tomorrow! I enjoyed catching up on your garden! 😊

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awomanonabike

@belindah

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belindah

Ahh thankyou so so much Jacqueline 👍👍👍

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awomanonabike

You’re welcome Belinda. I am so pleased that it survives here. There used to be three at the corner of the drive up to a hotel (The Samling) on the side of Windermere. Two didn’t survive the really cold winter several years ago (they had no winter protection at all) but the third, even though it did nothing for a year, then sprouted the following year - so they are hardier than we give them credit for 👍🌴 @belindah

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belindah

Wow!😃😃😃👍👍👍even up in the Lake District👍👍👍 thats good to know. I really love ferns and have always wanted to get my o2n tree fern which I bought this year at the Hampton Court Flower Show 👍👍👍

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