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Orchid Lady

I now know what all the plants in my garden are, apart from 3 which are these on the pics, the bushy purple coloured one I have a feeling is a variety of one I know but the name escapes me.  The tall green leafy one flowers in the summer and I think has a bulb at the bottom, the other one I have no idea But looks very pretty when raindrops are sat on it!!





In the first pic, the one on the left is a hebe - possibly 'Heartbreaker'.

The one with the raindrops is an aquilegia.

The third could be a hemerocallis aka day lily - but we'll know better when it has it's flowers 


Purple one is a hebe, needs a good trim, next, i cant really see, not a close up photo, may be aquilegia, bottom one could be day lilly, needs splitting up.

Wait for some other suggestions, i could be wrong.

Closer photo,s would be easier to identify.



Oh, and those innocent looking little green sprigs behind the aquilegia?  

That's Hairy Bittercress and it's a weed and it spreads like mad so pull them up quickly and don't put them in the compost heap!!! 


If I click on the pics they enlarge - don't they do that for everyone? 


Orchid Lady

Thank you everyone  Dove, I hope you are wrong about the Hairy Bittercress, it should be a Papaver from GW, I have 3 of them 

My next question was going to be about trimming and splitting, this is something I haven't done a lot of so am very much learning!!!

I will take some closer shots now.

hollie hock

Looks like a nice heatlhy large aquilegia, that should give some beautiful flowers in a couple of months.

I can enlarge them here

Orchid Lady

Here are some better pics taken with my camera.  I have included the Papaver 'Harlem' for Dove to see it closer too.  There should have been 4 according to be note book but there are only 3 so I've lost 1!




Those seedlings are definitely bittercress - out with them! The Hebe could be 'Red Edge'.

Orchid Lady

Which ones Landgirl?  Are you and Dove meaning the tiny little ones behind the plants or the top picture above (which is the Papaver - apparently ).

I am hoping to get out and do a bit of weeding later so anything that I haven't planted or don't know what it is will be gone


Orchid Lady

 Is it this one that's the Hairy Bittercress? (I hope so!)

Orchid Lady

I've googled the weed and yes it is that one. I have lots on my veg patch

The Day Lilly is right too, thank you.  I couldn't remember what the flowers were like until I googled it.  I think I read somewhere yesterday that if you dead head the day lily regularly it will flower all summer, is that right?

So now I know what they all are I just need pruning/splitting tips.  The pruning tips I've found for the Hebe are a bit ambiguous and I don't know if I want to cut it right back??

Am I ok to split the day lily now?  If so great because I can put some in my new border, but how do I do it successfully?


Yes  pull them out and put them in the wheely bin - you'll never get rid of them, but better get them out at this stage - once you've let them seed they'll be everywhere!

Orchid Lady

If I pull out as much as I can then dig over the veg patch, I'm presuming they will die as they are annuals - only tiny little ones I mean, obviously I will pull up as much as I can.  I have quite a few weeds in the veg patch that I don't recognise and I'm sure they weren't there last year.  Loads of chickweed too!!  And bits of glass - goodness knows where that has come from when I double dug it all and sieved it last year

Tracey...........usually best to split perennials in Autumn but Day Lillies are pretty tough plants.

Depending on the size of the clump, ease the whole plant out of the ground and remove as much soil from the crown.  You should then be able to see where there is a natural division and you can tease apart.

Your clump doesn't look that big though so you could leave another year.  Best way to work out whether you need to divide (as against just wanting more plants to put elsewhere) is to see how well they flower and go from there.

Hope that helps


Bittercress is an annual, as you say, but it can have several generations in one year, which is why it's important to get rid of it before it can flower and go to seed. Hoeing is OK at this stage. Once it's gone to seed you can't touch it without the seed pods exploding and firing the tiny seeds everywhere - it's a very efficient mechanism to keep the species going!

Incidentally, there are two similar species of bittercress, Hairy and Wavy (Cardamine hirsuta and C. flexuosa). It isn't possible to tell the difference at the seedling stage, but they are both equally undesirable in gardens.


With the Hebe check the bare stems below the foliage, if there are tiny shoots further down then you can prune back to those. The new growth will stop it looking so woody. If there are no shoots then just give the plant a little trim, to stimulate some new growth.

Busy Bee2

Tracie we have hairy bittercress on our vegetable plot - it is annoying because it is fiddly to pick out, but as a veteran in the war against ground elder, I can tell you that as weeds go, it is pretty small potatoes!  And yes, what is it about glass?  I can only presume that previous generations drank lots of beer and threw the bottles around in their gardens!

If any of you keep Tortoises, they love Hairy Bittercress.  Other than that, I can't think of any good reason to keep them