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14/04/2014 at 19:23

Does anyone know what this is ?  Growing in profusion in the shady damp bits of Hidcote today - love the colour....


14/04/2014 at 19:27

Ooh love the blue, looks like a blue comfrey to me.

14/04/2014 at 19:30

It's a Boragey sort of thing?

14/04/2014 at 19:34

i've got this i thought borage/ comfrey

14/04/2014 at 19:44

I think Borage...........leaves look a bit too small for Comfrey and flowers look wrong - for basic Comfrey anyway

14/04/2014 at 20:04

I'd say comphrey, probably Symphytum caucasicum

14/04/2014 at 20:11

Looks like a comfrey to me, possibly a cross between Hidcote blue and a wild one.  The leaves of Hidcote blue are only about 4 inches long compared to the wild one which can be 12 inches or more.  Love the stripes on the flowers - that makes it unique I think.

14/04/2014 at 20:13

Think you might be right, nut.  Just googled and found some images with a slight stripe.

14/04/2014 at 20:15

Hi Chicky, did you get to go into Kiftsgate garden opposite? I think it's where the rose was discovered, or first planted?  

14/04/2014 at 20:20

Well, I'm a late arrival here, but I'd say comfrey too 

Hello Woody - good to see you 

14/04/2014 at 21:55

Many thanks all - never knew comfrey could be so spectacular - only know it as an ingredient for homemade (smelly) plant tonic.

Woody - made a day of it and went to Kiftsgate too.  Saw THE rose, although obviously not in flower - its a monster - fills a whole border and three trees.  Loved the garden and the views - although not for the faint hearted.  Assume their gardeners are armed with climbing ropes and crampons

15/04/2014 at 07:29

Like Hidcote, but best if not too crowded with coach loads of tourists. Paths are a bit narrow in places. Also I don't think the NT's efforts on the catering front have been over successful. Restaurant replaced by caff.

Anyway, a magical garden forgives all manner of ills, including mine, and everyone should try to see Hidcote at least once in their life.

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