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Sentimental Plants

The other day on another thread someone mentioned plants having sentimental value.

Well, I thought I would share my 3 baby (1 year old) Monkey Puzzle Trees that I have received today with you.  I have bought one each for my 3 boys, OH has always wanted a Monkey Puzzle Tree but we haven't really got the room and they are so expensive.  So these three, when a bit bigger will go in  big planters and the idea is that when my little boy and big boy leave home ( image ) they can take their Monkey Puzzle Tree with them and keep it forever, by then they should be lovely trees but can be kept smallish (by MPT standards) by keeping them in a big pot.





  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414


    There are three Monkey Puzzle trees within two miles of me in perfect health the thing being I know one was there before 1939 and the other two shortly after.

    The trees are around 25-30 feet high with a spread of around 14, is it possible to keep them in pots all their lives,  My book says Araucaria is a conifer usually grown as a shade tolerant house plant, must admit to never seeing one inside.

    My Plant is Paeonia,  officinalis Rubra-Red, I grew up with it in our walled garden Dad said it had been there before he was born a huge bush with wonderful large flowers that fascinated me as a child, it travelled by cuttings with my Sister and I and is settled outside my Conservatory, the memories it holds.

    My wife loved Snowdrops, we always had clumps around the garden so imagine my surprise on taking flowers to her plot at Norton Church to see a complete sea of snowdrops covering the ground right down to her plot, three years now but the memories still flood in when I see them.


  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    We have quite a few Monkey Puzzle Trees near us and I didn't know until recently they could be be kept as a houseplant, mine will certainly be outside.  Apparently, they can be kept in a pot and it keeps them smaller and they can live to be up to 1000 years old (I was reading today!!)

    I love Paeonia too, we had one at our first house that was there already, if I knew then what I know now I would have attempted to take a cutting as I loved it.

    I planted 200+ snowdrops in the green last month image

    Thank you for sharing your stories Frank image

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    I bought a Japanese maple in memory of my parents. It is a twin trunk tree, red with deeply filigreed leaves. My mum died the day we found out that my wife was pregnant with my daughter and I think that she heard me when she was in a coma as she rubbed my hand. She died the next day with my dad following after, so the maple is my sentimental plant.

    The MPT seedlings look totty in those pots, but should double in size this year with and branch out. Watch for the roots trying to go through the pot into the ground!

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    They will struggle to get through that ground Blairs, they are stood on concrete image They look so cute and tiny, I just need to find some nice big planters for them now to give them room to grow over the years without disturbing the roots.

    Lovely story about your Japanese Maple, well not lovely circumstances but you know what I mean. I'm sure your mum did hear you.




    Well, Frank, how nice is it to see you around on the forum again......hope you are keeping well.

    The dog rose has pleasant childhood memories for me.



  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,043

    Tracey there is a monkey puzzle tree, not far from here. Where did you get them that tiny.

    What a wonderful idea, you'll have to put thier names on the pot so you can see the different shapes they grow.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,211

    And because they're living things it means more Verd doesn't it? The person carries on living too. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,300

    I have quite a lot of sentimental ones too - ones with special names, or ones given by people who are not with us any more.

    I often hear/read "true" garden designers say there is no room for sentimentality in a garden - if a plant doesn't "fit" then uproot it regardless.  Well they better not come anywhere near my garden, as the special associations are what gives it the character and meaningimageimageimage.

    in actual fact, i am waiting delivery of 3 clematis on Friday - Constance, Mary Rose and Natascha ...... And they weren't picked for their flowers alone (although luckily they are very pretty tooimage)

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Hi David, yes all well just been very busy, a couple of friends asked about me so I thought it best to put minds at rest, not pushing up daisies.

    Dog Roses are my Aunt Mabel we would take a trug and search the hedges around the farm for her herbs and potions, back in the big warm kitchen always smelling of fresh bread she would make up her medicines I was a lad who often got dosed, my guess would be they were mainly home made wines but did the trick. Rose hips were also made into jams and medicine, I was told never pick the dog roses unless the petals were for a salad.

    This forum is addictive I only intended to dip in and out.


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