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20/05/2014 at 21:24

 I know there is a weed on the left hand top corner of the first picture, but the whole thing seems overrun to me.  I planted tiny little plants in April 2013 and kept them well weeded all last year.

20/05/2014 at 21:24

Sorry, the weed that I know about is on the 2nd picture.

20/05/2014 at 22:04

That's what that  particular campanula does - I pull it all up every year - every year it grows back to look just like yours 

20/05/2014 at 22:07

Oh dear.  Is there any way of calming it down?  I just wanted a carpet of colour in that plot for the summer without too much work.  If I trim it all back now, do you think I'll lose the flowers for this summer?

20/05/2014 at 22:07

I think that one could be C. poscharskyana. Trailing bell flower. 

It looks like it and your description of its growth sounds like it

20/05/2014 at 22:09

I think it would have another go at flowering. But you will have a carpet of flowers for little effort

20/05/2014 at 22:10

I always get confused between those two - but I've got the one that grows back from nothing to 18* tall in a matter of a fortnight!

20/05/2014 at 22:13

Ideas of world domination

20/05/2014 at 22:24

Mm, not sure.  I don't really like the "wild, overgrown, world domination look"    I'm fairly sure that it's Campanula Portenschlagiana, at least that's what I bought anyway and I always keep a record of what I have planted on a spread sheet.   It may have to be dug up and I can feel a quick trip to our local nursery coming on ...

20/05/2014 at 22:27

Those two names are similarly unpronounceable and they are often wrongly labelled.

If you check on the RHS website or in the big RHS book you'll see the difference, 

20/05/2014 at 22:48

Nutcutlet, yes I see what you mean.  I think my flowers are more like the poscharskyana. 

Dovefromabove, when you say you dig yours up each year and it comes back - does that mean it's really hard to get rid of completely, like the dreaded wild garlic and celadine?


20/05/2014 at 22:53

Nothing a good dose of weedkiller won't sort out Charley. 

I don't think it's as bad as the two you mention unless it's gone in an amongst the roots of other plants or rockery stones etc. There are a lot of very attractive and very invasive campanulas

20/05/2014 at 23:07

Ha ha, I like it.  Yes, I'm quite handy with resolva after all the wild garlic and celadine 

I'll have a look at a replacement for it first though.  I wanted about 30cm high in this bed but something that will look neat and stay in it's place.

Thanks for your help!


21/05/2014 at 07:23

In this garden it grows in the crack between the house and the side path - it's very shady there -

It was there when we moved in two and a half years ago - I sprayed it the first year but it came back - now in the summer I wait until it has flowered and pull it up before it seeds


22/05/2014 at 09:08

I think I'll leave it in for the summer and benefit from the flowers and then give it a good old resolva spray and dig it all up.  Dovefromabove - yours looks very similar to mine and in a similar area too. 

In the meantime, I'll enjoy planning its replacement

22/05/2014 at 09:33

There is no soil under mine - just the crack between the path and the wall!

25/05/2014 at 13:53

What????  Really?!  What sort of beast have I got in our garden?  It is definitely going at the end of August.  I'm enjoying planning its replacement

25/05/2014 at 14:00

Charley I had it in a previous garden on a shady little area behind my garage. Heavy sticky clay - it behaved itself quite well 

25/05/2014 at 14:30

Fairygirl, I would have been happy with a 20cm growth with a nice carpet of pretty purple flowers on top, but I don't like it when it looks so untidy and overgrown.  I enjoy having a fairly structured garden with everything in it's place.   Did yours look overgrown like mine or did it stay manageable?

25/05/2014 at 14:50

It was a bit sprawly Charley but nothing much would grow on the little bank it was on. I think the claggy soil probably kept it in check. It's not one of those manicured plants unfortunately. It was an area of the garden where the children had a playhouse and wasn't really visible from the rest of the garden. I would have had to cover the bank in bark or gravel otherwise so it suited the area. I think mine might have been poscharskyana which was lower growing. Don't have any pix - no digital camera back then!

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