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23/06/2014 at 21:28

I can't remember if I've grown this from seed or bought idea what it is but looks like it's just about to flower


These pretty flowers are in my thank you bouquet from my sister and brother in law, can anyone tell me what they are and can I buy/grow them easily?  They maybe look like a type of Rose but very small and delicate and I love the yellow middles.


23/06/2014 at 21:32

Might the top one be penstemons? Hard to tell how tall they are. 

23/06/2014 at 21:34
Japenese roses on the second pic, cant remember the proper name, think it begins with E
23/06/2014 at 21:36

Is this better? Are Penstemons a perennial?  Off for a google.


23/06/2014 at 21:39

They do look like Penstemons, no idea what colour though but no doubt will find out very soon. I think it was one of my rescue plants when I was filling the border. Thanks Panda.

Not sure about the Japanese Rose, they aren't open very much yet and all the pics I can find are open and no leaves to tell on the flowers either.


23/06/2014 at 21:47

not anything like my penstemons which are rather shrubby - could they be cornflowers?

I think the bouquet flowers are lisianthus - often used by florists and usually white or purple

23/06/2014 at 21:54

Do those leaves smell of anything OL?

23/06/2014 at 21:56
Thats it lisianthus, dunno where i got E from! Stunning flowers, come in lots of colours, not sure if they are hard to grow, might be a GH jobby
23/06/2014 at 22:40

Will google the rose type one, lisianthus and will smell the leaves on the other one in the morning 

Thank you.

23/06/2014 at 22:43

Bekkie, I've googled Lisianthus and it's come up with Eustoma too which is it's other name, so you were right too 

Just looking if I can but the plant 


23/06/2014 at 23:02

Half hardy annual in this country, too late to grow for this year but will get some for next year, or I could grow it as a houseplant  

23/06/2014 at 23:47
One of my faves, even if ive got a mind like a sieve! Grow one, id love to know if they do ok, im not much of a houseplant person
24/06/2014 at 08:09

There are some seeds on offer, 20 for £1.99 so nothing to lose really.  I wonder if they would overwinter indoors?

24/06/2014 at 13:09

Nutcutlet, the plant doesn't smell of anything at all, not even that outdoor plant type smell that they sometimes have (do you know what I mean??)

24/06/2014 at 13:15

I've checked my border plants thread but it's not on there, so I think it something I've grown that I thought hadn't worked so 'chucked' it on the garden with some compost!!! There is a French bean plant near it too that I have done that with, it was tiny and had died and suddenly there it is! This must have grown quite a lot in the last week or so because I don't recall seeing it when I was weeding, or the French bean 

25/06/2014 at 08:26

Any ideas anyone? The three lots of seeds sown that I binned were Rudbeckia, Verbena and Delphinium and it's none of them so I'm completely puzzled!!

25/06/2014 at 08:29
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Do those leaves smell of anything OL?

I know exactly what you're thinking Nut - I'm thinking the same 

OL, pick a small sprig and rub it hard between your fingers and then smell it .........

25/06/2014 at 08:30
Could it be a Veronica?
25/06/2014 at 08:40

Just done that Dove and Nut and no smell really, nothing distinctive anyway, just a mushed up leaf smell 

I've looked at Veronica and the leaves do look similar but I don't remember planting/sowing fact I don't remember planting anything there!!!

25/06/2014 at 08:42
Maybe it has arrived courtesy of a passing bird?
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