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12/06/2014 at 09:01

I'm not a flower plant person. Vegetables and fruit I can deal with, but all these plants that pop up and flower are lost on me. I can't even guess what they are!

This rather large and terribly beautiful plant / weed has been growing up by the garage quite happily. Its in what is the designated wildlife / overgrown / where ill looking plants come to die / get a second chance / are stuck in the ground and fingers are crossed area.

http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz113/LadyClarington/20140607_170433_zps1buqqosb.jpg

 

http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz113/LadyClarington/20140607_170440_zps3us7cfry.jpg

 It stands at about 4 1/2 ft high.

 

Any suggestions as to what it is?

12/06/2014 at 09:04

looks like a delphinium

12/06/2014 at 09:04

Looks like a Delphinium

12/06/2014 at 09:05

snap BB

12/06/2014 at 09:06

Snap nutcutlet, at the same time as well

12/06/2014 at 09:33

Doesn't just look like a delphinium - I will bet money on the fact that it is a delphinium 

12/06/2014 at 09:33

It's lovely.  Definitely not a weed.  Lots of people struggle to get them going. 

12/06/2014 at 09:34

Just a thought - if you've not known it was a delphinium, and consequently you haven't been surrounding it with eggshells, coffee grounds and grit and inspecting it half hourly, what do your slugs, snails and delphinium moths think they're up to???  Slackers the lot of 'em!!! 

12/06/2014 at 09:43

Maybe they don't hang out behind the garage Dove - they're probably lying in wait in the flower beds.  Clarington has taken them by surprise.

12/06/2014 at 09:45

12/06/2014 at 10:14

I just let it grow like a weed - occasionally running it over with the wheelbarrow, catching it with a lawn mower, squashing it with big feet as I tried to reach the things propped up against the garage, oh and it spent about a month with a ton of sand on top of it not long after it started to grow. I take it this is not standard good delphinium husbandry?!

There are plenty of slugs in the garden I can assure you - those holy hosta thingys were proof enough. My resident frogs just don't seem interested in keeping the ping pong of life balanced!

It seems to be on the dangerous list for chickens alas (we're keen for the chickens to roam a great an area as possible so it'll only be the vegetable garden that's fenced off - all other flower beds will be defended as required if I want any chance of the herb garden being usable!) so it looks like some research is needed as to whether I can move it out of potential suicidal chickens way or whether its future in this garden is limited

12/06/2014 at 10:25

Clarington

I think your Holy Hostas are needing some divine intervention

12/06/2014 at 10:31

The sand will explain why the slugs/snails didn't attack it when it was young and vulnerable!!!  Good instinctive gardening skills there Clari!!! 

12/06/2014 at 11:13

I find that once a delphinium is established, the slugs and snails don't bother it.

12/06/2014 at 11:29
Buddyboy wrote (see)

Clarington

I think your Holy Hostas are needing some divine intervention

Depends if those upstairs are gardeners or slug lovers!! Last thing we need is them encouraging the slugs! (Hostas soon to be rotting happily in the compost bin).

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

The sand will explain why the slugs/snails didn't attack it when it was young and vulnerable!!!  Good instinctive gardening skills there Clari!!! 

Amazing what a bag of builders sand can do for the garden!

12/06/2014 at 12:09
artjak wrote (see)

I find that once a delphinium is established, the slugs and snails don't bother it.

 Hurrumph!  You're obviously better at training your molluscs than I am - I still have to stand over my delphinium with a whip in one hand and a stool in the other! 

12/06/2014 at 12:17

I'd love to see that Dove

Don't know how you do it Clari.  Maybe we shouldn't think of a plant as precious and then it would perform better.  I'm just off to feed the creeping buttercups. Fingers crossed it works both ways

12/06/2014 at 12:44

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49070.gif?width=110&height=110&mode=max

Here you are Lesley - but don't show anyone 

12/06/2014 at 12:46

Artjak, its just getting the delphiniums to a grown up enough stage to establish thats the problem. I've got two dozen seedlings.  Eternal vigilance is needed.

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