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23/07/2013 at 21:41

I dug these up 3 weeks ago (replanted them so hope they're not weeds)

each of the bulgy bits is about an inch long, some a bit more, some a bit less. There was no top growth at all but they look and feel quite alive, not dried out or soft and squidgy.


23/07/2013 at 21:56

Maybe Kniphofia red hot pokers, or poss Bergenia elephants ears, or some blinking weird thing like a Dahlia

Glad to have you back Nut.

23/07/2013 at 21:58

No idea but that two pronged bit lower left looks suspiciously like a toe complete with nail! 

23/07/2013 at 22:00
addict wrote (see)

No idea but that two pronged bit lower left looks suspiciously like a toe complete with nail! 

23/07/2013 at 22:01

addict I thought something a lot worse

23/07/2013 at 22:03

Thanks KEF. I've been trying very hard to remember what had grown there in the past. It's right at the front in a sunny spot so it must be something that I thought would like it there. It won't be a dahlia, I don't like dahlias. Not a bergenia, I know what the bottom of those looks like. Knifophia? hum. If they are then I think they're dead. All my knifiophias are well in leaf, if not flower.

23/07/2013 at 22:06

Erm, I have some of these in an old, out of the way pot in my garden. I've been trying to ignore them in the hope that they will grow into something or get eaten by something, but they have just sat there for months. I seem to remember planting freesias in the pot once upon a time - do you think they could be that? Lord, I hope they aren't a set of digits... I haven't seen the window cleaner for weeks...

23/07/2013 at 22:08

They are weird looking, I can see your toe and nail addict, hadn't spotted that before


24/07/2013 at 09:01

I'm afrad the best I can do is rhizome. Sorry Nutcutlet I could list what they're not but that won't be very helpful.

24/07/2013 at 09:13

Maybe from a Yukka or Phormium.

But really look like something Hannibal Lecter would fry....nice Chianti anyone?

Did the previous house occupants move or was the house empty when you bought it?

24/07/2013 at 09:56

The previous owner was a widower, I wonder what happened to his wife.

I think I need to look through my list of plants acquired over the last 20 years and work out what happened to them all and what it might be. 

Thanks Jim, I've already got a long list of what it isn't. For a moment I thought I'd got it. There are some of those little Oxalis adenophyllla around there, then remembered they're hairy corms and not like these at all

24/07/2013 at 10:45

They remind me of Alstrameria lillies  , Alstromeria  are fragile and a crisp sort of root , it breaks very easil but every bit will grow into a plant . 

25/07/2013 at 07:22

25/07/2013 at 12:16

Hi lucky, never had alstromerias so it won't be them, thanks for thesuggestion though

25/07/2013 at 13:32

Dahlia erythronium or canna? 

25/07/2013 at 14:23


I've never seen these before so it must be something planted from a pot, not planted as tubers. 

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