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29/09/2013 at 20:51

Hi, please can you give me a hand putting names to these plants that were in the gardens at Gt Ruston today...









 3. now I look at this one properly it's a peony isn't it?  Amazing what a decent camera and a pair of spectacles can do





29/09/2013 at 20:55

The bottom ones are peony flower heads. They look just like my Paeony molly the witch.

29/09/2013 at 20:58

Middle one looks a bit like  a phytolacca or pokeweed, but I'm not sure.

29/09/2013 at 20:59

Cimicifuga is the top one, or is it now Actaea? Probably simplex.

2nd is Phytolaca americana

Both of these berries are poisonous.

29/09/2013 at 21:00

The Paenia seeds are the black parts. Sow fresh and wait for a long time.

29/09/2013 at 21:04

Top one I think is Actaea pachypoda/alba

29/09/2013 at 21:10

I would love to get hold of A. simplex Pritchard's Giant, but none of the Nurseries we frequent stock it.

29/09/2013 at 21:31

Nut, you generously gave me an Actaea pachypoda didn't you?  But it has black berries - nigra?

And I have a Molly the Witch from you - but East Ruston has them by the several square metres!!! 

I did recognise the peony eventually, when I looked at the photograph with my glasses on   I should have put my glasses on earlier when looking at the plants   I think the fact that there was such a large area of them absolutely threw me - without my glasses on it looked like some thick shrubby undergrowth. 

Thanks everyone 

29/09/2013 at 21:52

I can't remember if I gave you Actaea rubra or pachypoda Dove.

A.rubra has red berries that dry off black.

A. pachypoda I germinated over last winter and none of mine have flowered yet. 

I shall be sulking if they're not A. pachypoda at all. I've had wrongly labelled packets in the past. Sometimes takes ages before they show themselves to be wrong .

29/09/2013 at 22:06

Ah, it's rubra then. 

I've just found some Lunaria rediviva seeds in my pocket - how on earth did they get there? 

29/09/2013 at 22:35

Can't think how they got there Dove. What's in the other pocket?

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