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25/08/2014 at 16:12

Completely forgotten the name of this but its really quite big now. It got the 'chelsea chop' in early June and I was hoping that it might flower at some point, but I don't know when and I can't google it, as I don't know its name.

This has been growing for a little while, and I left it to grow as I thought it might have been a baby hydrangea at first. Could it be meadowsweet?

25/08/2014 at 16:43

The first one might be one of the asters and if so should flower eventually.

Is the second one very shiny or is it wet? It's elder shaped but too shiny.


25/08/2014 at 17:19

Its wet, very wet.



25/08/2014 at 17:30

Could the first one be an Echinacea? 



25/08/2014 at 17:47

No, that has much broader leaves, not meadowsweet either

25/08/2014 at 18:01

That's a shame. So the second one is ground elder? That'll need to come out tout suite?   


25/08/2014 at 18:30

Elder, Sambucus nigra, I thought, not ground elder unless it's spreading everywhere. If it's not raining too hard can you go out and give the leaves a squeeze? The stems and leaves of elder have a very pungent smell.

25/08/2014 at 19:20

Just gave it a squeeze, and yep it does have a pungent smell. 
Excellent, elderflower champagne next Spring then!    


25/08/2014 at 19:27

Just wondering if the first one might be one of the bottle brush plants, but as it hasn't flowered a bit difficult to tell -  a long shot I know.j 

25/08/2014 at 19:28

I'm totally thrilled its an elder, its perfect to give some structure to the border that its in. And the elder already in the garden is so very big and old, that I can't get anywhere near flowers or fruit.  

25/08/2014 at 19:40

That's good Caral, you can decide whether to keep or dump, with ground elder it stays whether you want or not.

That leaves the first one, more pics might be required on a dry day.

It looks  a bit to lax for a bottle brush plant but I don't know those well.

I was thinking more like this


25/08/2014 at 19:47

That's it! Ericoides!
That was the name on the hand written label that came with the plant, and I've since lost. Now I can find out when it flowers. Yay!   

25/08/2014 at 19:50

Aster ericoides, which I think may now be called something else. It will flower soon, mine aren't out yet.Lots of different cultivars in various pinky whitey mauvey shades. Nice plant

25/08/2014 at 20:06

Just looked that Aster up; the Prostratus version is really stunning.

25/08/2014 at 20:37

Thanks Nutlet, you are a star.
My one is called 'Erlkonig' (apparently will have pale mauve flowers). I bought an aster called 'Wunder von Stafa' which is just super, and thought the Germans must have something good going on with asters, so bought another one with a German name.  

25/08/2014 at 20:46

Nice choice Caral

26/08/2014 at 06:52

"Wunder von Stäfa" comes from Switzerland, not Germany! Stäfa is a suburb of Zürich on the lake, where there is a plant research and breeding centre.

26/08/2014 at 08:32

Oops! Thanks Sue.  

26/09/2014 at 14:05

My Ericoides 'Erlkonig' finally flowered.  Can you see the pink Lupin poking his head up at the back? I have tried telling it that we in autumn, but with beautiful sunshine and a nice warm 23C he doesn't believe me.


26/09/2014 at 14:22

Lovely Caral.  I have a lupin out now as well even though we had a light frost the other night.

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