This Sago Palm (Cycas Revoluta) spent three years outside, in the Gravel Garden, winters included, after which it became rather the worse for wear. The fronds began to turn brown and so, in the autumn of 2008, we brought it into the Orangery to let it recuperate. It sat there, looking poorly and rather forlorn and for a long time we thought it had given up the ghost. We lost the heating in the orangery in the middle of the coldest spell last winter and thought that would be the last straw. Then suddenly, two weeks ago, just as the weather began to get warmer and as we began to give up hope, it sprang into life. The Sago Palm is one of the world’s oldest plants. Its actually a Cycad, not a palm and is very slow growing indeed, taking up to a hundred years to reach ten feet. A slow life, indeed.