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23/07/2014 at 14:20

Hi,

Can any of you greenfingers identify the following plants for me? These were here when we moved into our house and as I don't know what they are, I'm not sure if I should dig them up or leave them.

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23/07/2014 at 14:32

1 Lamium maculatum

2 I can't see what I'm looking at there, are the dead looking bits and the leaves part of the same plant? I can have another go with a few more pics from different angles and the leaves on their own if no-one else IDs it

3 Campanula portenschlagiana

23/07/2014 at 14:35

Picture 2 looks like Campanula but not sure which variety.

Picture 3 could be same, or some sort of Geranium

Picture 1 I've no idea. Pretty leaves though.

I'm still learning a lot of things myself, someone far more knowledgeable than me will be able to id these for you for certain.

23/07/2014 at 14:35

ah! I see nut got there just before me. I'm chuffed to have got 3 right though, I am learning!

23/07/2014 at 14:45

Fab. Thank you! I know Picture 2 isn't brilliant. The dead bits are the flowers that have perished; they were purple. I think it might be some type of Aubrieta but, as I've never seen one in the flesh before, I'm not sure if the leaves are the same. It seems to be almost carpet like in it's coverage and it's growing in an upward direction closely against the brick wall behind it. I'll try to get a better picture later. What features would be best to photograph for identification?

23/07/2014 at 14:53

The flowers usually Shutterfly, looks like you're going to have a battle with that

 

Your picture 2 looks like my campanula's right now, all the flower heads going brown and dropping off but the leaves look the same as mine. They're the only bit doing OK right now.

23/07/2014 at 14:54

Up against a wall like this? A google image not one of mine.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/14/Campanula_poscharskyana_1.JPG

23/07/2014 at 14:56

If not, a good photo of the leaves so we can see the shape is a help. Pull off the dead stuff out of the way

23/07/2014 at 14:58

was picture 2 a rambly climbing thing with prickles?  if so it will have had wonderful scented flowers, but the prickles get you every time if you attempt to go near it!

the lamium - aka dead nettle - should produce purple flowers, spread everywhere as groundcover, but be easily pulled up when you've had enough of it.

The campanula - if it's like mine, gets leggy after flowering.  I run my hands over ity like a comb and remove vast quantities of compostible stems, leaving a tidier mound to flower again.

23/07/2014 at 14:59

I only brough my campanula's a week or so ago as well from guy on local market. Not impressed. Won't be buying from him again. Not being harsh, its not the first thing I've brought from him that's curled up its toes within a week or two. I'll stick to garden centre reductions from now on, all of those are doing fantastically well.

23/07/2014 at 15:19

Hopefully these are a bit better. The leaves are about 3/4" to 1" wide at the widest part about the same in length. The second picture isn't much better; I'd went to pull some of the brown stuff off and a spider jumped out scaring the bajeesus out of me lol. But I got the top part of it to (hopefully) give a better indication of how it is formed. It's about 1.5ft tall. Almost forgot to say...no, there are no prickles or thorns on it.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/53514.jpg?width=350

 

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23/07/2014 at 15:39

The leaves do still look like my campanula to me but yours is a much more established plant that mine so its possible its something entirely different with very similar looking leaves. Someone will know for sure.

23/07/2014 at 15:59

I'd say that's Campanula porscharskyana

23/07/2014 at 16:07

That looks like the one! Thanks guys/gals. One day I might be a pro at this like you guys, but I have a long way to go lol. The bees loved them when they were in flower.

23/07/2014 at 17:35

I agree - but don't forget there are lots of different campanula's to try - have fun!

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