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chicky

Can anyone id the blue flowered plant here for me - originally thought it was alkanet, but now not sure - the leaves don't look right??


 

Ceres
Looks like alkanet.
Dovefromabove

The flowers and the leaves look like alkanet to me.

KEF

If it's got white hairs down the stem Germander Speedwell ?

nutcutlet

Yes, green alkanet, Pentaglossis sempervirens.

I thought the leaves weren't right to start with, then I realised I was looking at the wrong leaves

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KEF

Well done  I've put my wildflower & flora encyclopedia away

Forester2

There are some of these in a hedgerow near us and the blue is stunning. 

Are they growable/available by seed?

4thPanda

I've got this in my garden too. Ma Panda thought it was speedwell too KEF. Will have to correct her next time she's round 

nutcutlet

They self seed like mad Forester maybe a bit too much for some

Forester2

Must go along with a paper bag at seeding time then Nutcutlet to collect some seed. Maybe a rival for the three cornered leek which is swamping my garden.

chicky

Many thanks all - its in my Dad's garden, so will pass the knowledge on

Jim Macd

Yeah, I've been reticent about getting it. I'm still on the fence but that photo is swaying to getting it.

nutcutlet

It's lovely Jim, it grows in with brunnera and adds height.

It grows in with everything else as well if you don't watch it

Forester2

Nearly tempted to buy a plant on eBay from Norfolk -still hovering - undecided - just too impatient to collect some seed for years ahead. 

Jim Macd
nutcutlet wrote (see)

It's lovely Jim, it grows in with brunnera and adds height.

It grows in with everything else as well if you don't watch it

okay, that's decided. I'll order some seed. It does have beautiful flowers. 

Forester2 wrote (see)

Nearly tempted to buy a plant on eBay from Norfolk -still hovering - undecided - just too impatient to collect some seed for years ahead. 

Much better to have fresh and even better to have local seed for so many reasons, and lastly it's much cheaper. Once you've got non-local plants you'll never be able to go back and that's going to dilute the local gene pool reducing national diversity. Diversity is the key to survival of our native flora and fauna. 

I've never seen it locally which is why I'm going to order seeds. You watch though as soon as I've got it growing I'll find some somewhere. 

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Forester2

Yes, Jim I have been thinking this afternoon that maybe it would be rather hasty to buy a plant so I am now looking out for seed.  Funny thing that someone else has put up a new thread (can't remember who) saying they are taking their's out as it is a nuisance and everywhere all over their garden.

nutcutlet

I think it depends on your approach to plants and gardening and the size of your garden Forester. I'm not thinking of getting rid of it

Forester2

I have a small garden but it is packed with allsorts so I never need to weed.  The only nuisance I have is the three cornered leek but I am now living with it because as it dies back the ferns unfurl and it all looks very pretty.  I may come begging for some seed in the Autumn Nutcutlet - can you save some please. 

nutcutlet

Righto, it will seed before autumn and I'd sow it fresh. Fresh is always better, ask the plant. 

Is there anything else I've mentioned that you'd like?

PM me your address, I find making an envelope and writing the name of the required seed on it is the best way for me to remember.

 

Forester2

Oky Doky.  Will  PM you later - going out yacking.