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23/03/2014 at 13:40
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

....  As for the second - if you pick a leaf and bruise it, does it smell of anything - onions or garlic for instance?

I'm thinking of garlic chives - leaves look wrong for bluebells to me.  

23/03/2014 at 13:40

Punk you are right - it is comfrey. It looks like the pinky one or the white/ pale yellow one. Both loved by bees, especially bumbles.

The white / pale yellow version is low growing and spreads rapidly! I often harvest the leaves for my compost heap but it doesn't seem to do any long term damage! A friend called it symphytum alba.

23/03/2014 at 14:02

Have a look at Symphytum 'Hidcote Blue', it's a hybrid and looks like the OP's pics.

23/03/2014 at 14:07

Sorry Panda, the the top pics

Hi Ryan

23/03/2014 at 14:20

Definitely a symphytum, not officinale, that's not out yet by along way.

Might be this one, 

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=1894 

I'd be expecting spanish bluebells from the second but I don't always get what I expect

23/03/2014 at 14:23

Nut  I was trying desperately to remember when officinale flowers but some things don't come to mind as quickly as they used to 

23/03/2014 at 14:28

Mine haven't started to put up stems yet. It's a large coarse plant. Good for beside my pond though

My little white ones have been flowering for ages but I don't think they're the same as the photo.

There are a lot of symphytum out there

Edd
23/03/2014 at 14:34

symphytum ibericum. Many images.Not to say they are labeled correctly but i think they are.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=symphytum+ibericum&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=b_AuU_dypYzQBeeZgYgH&ved=0CCwQsAQ

23/03/2014 at 14:36

Glad other people are agreeing with me! 

Hiya Dove and Star, how're you both? 

23/03/2014 at 14:38

I'm well thanks Ryan - and you? 

23/03/2014 at 14:44

Good good, been keeping busy I hope?  And I'm well too thankyou, I've now got two jobs in two different nurseries which I'm happy about!  Although college has been hard recently, hence taking a break from here.

23/03/2014 at 15:00

The top ones look like pulmonaria to me.

23/03/2014 at 15:44

ceninp, I would agree

23/03/2014 at 15:57

Comfrey is great for bees and great for compost - just keep hauling some of it out and add to your heap. Also makes super fertiliser as comfrey 'tea', soaked in a bucket until it gets pretty smelly - great for the garden.

23/03/2014 at 16:05

I love comphreys. The big one, officinalis, grows beside my pond,not much else will due to very variable water levels. The blue one has a corner where it can grow without escaping and the little early white one is on another pond bank. The bees are very pleased, especially with the early one.

23/03/2014 at 18:36

Could the second be three cornered leek?  We are over run with it here but it does make good eating - check if broken leaves smell garlicky.  

Agree re comfrey.

23/03/2014 at 18:39

The leaves look a bit wide and light coloured to me Auntiemaud.

 

23/03/2014 at 19:32

Fine thanks Ryan, glad you are too. Sound like your very busy! 

23/03/2014 at 21:24
nutcutlet wrote (see)

The leaves look a bit wide and light coloured to me Auntiemaud.

 

didn't realise I could click and enlarge pictures  - Yes, you are correct Nutcutlet.    Mine are very vigorous but on seeing the pics up close I don't think that's what they are.   Apologies for getting it wrong.

 

23/03/2014 at 21:33

Don't apologise Auntiemaud. That's how these plants get IDd. Lots of ideas are thrown in and mostly we come to some sort of conclusion 

But sometimes we don't.

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