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Orchid Lady

I can't remember if I've grown this from seed or bought it.....no 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.


 

4thPanda

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

Japenese roses on the second pic, cant remember the proper name, think it begins with E
Orchid Lady

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


 

Orchid Lady

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.

 

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gardenning granny

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

nutcutlet

Do those leaves smell of anything OL?

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
Orchid Lady

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

Thank you.

Orchid Lady

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 

 

Orchid Lady

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  

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
Orchid Lady

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

Orchid Lady

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??)

Orchid Lady

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 

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Orchid Lady

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!!

Dovefromabove
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 .........

Could it be a Veronica?
Orchid Lady

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 it....in fact I don't remember planting anything there!!!

Maybe it has arrived courtesy of a passing bird?