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Caral

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?


nutcutlet

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.

 

Caral

Its wet, very wet.

 

 

Caral

Could the first one be an Echinacea? 

 

 

nutcutlet

No, that has much broader leaves, not meadowsweet either

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Caral

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

 

nutcutlet

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.

Caral

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

 

Forester2

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 

Caral

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.  

nutcutlet

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

http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/aster-ericoides/1241.html

 

Caral

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!   

nutcutlet

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

artjak

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

Caral

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.  

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SwissSue

"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.

Caral

Oops! Thanks Sue.  

Caral

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. 


 

LesleyK

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