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Plant ID

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 20:20

The leaves look the wrong shape for C. repandum to me - they're usually sort of jagged. 

Cyclamen are notoriously promiscuous .......... 

Plant ID

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 20:14

I've looked in everything I have - and I'm still   there's two different leaf types there - some are like persicum, but not the species, and there's a similarity to cilicium but it's not frost hardy and it's flowering at the wrong time of year, but then this has been a very odd winter and all sorts of things have flowered sooner or later than they usually  do, but my best guess is that the garden has loads of cyclamen coum and hederifolium and there's been some cross-pollination between them and some c. persicum from somewhere ............

What do you think Nut?



Plant ID

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:54

Well, they're not hed. or coum ............ I shall look in a book ............ I may be gone some time ........................ 


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:51

Wonderful weather here too Verdun - not a drop of rain nor the promised thunderstorms.  Here's a couple of bluebell pics - there's some on Camera Corner too ...


Plant ID

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:44

No. 1.  Snakeshed fritillary - a flower of old damp meadows, rare in the wild.

No. 2 is Lathyrus vernus - spring vetchling - a lovely thing. 

No. 3 is Cardamine pratensis also known as Ladies Smock and Cuckoo Flower - another lovely flower of old damp meadows, getting quite rare in the wild. 

You've got some quite special things in your garden - lucky you 



Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:38

Lots of info re growing rhubarb on this thread 

Hope it helps. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 17:41

The perfume was intoxicating, and as OH said, the colour was so intense it was as if the 'colour balance' was reversed  - wherever you looked the ground was an intense blue and overhead were the browns and greens of the branches.  

We walked for over an hour and were surrounded by bluebells everywhere we looked - I've been to other bluebell woods, but this was the most amazing sight - obviously a really good year for bluebells, and of course the woodland being around 5,000 years old probably helps 


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 17:36

As well as Nut's suggestion, it could be Allium triquetrum (onionweed)  or possibly Garlic chives (aka Chinese chives)

A quick way of telling the difference before they flower, is that the Allium triquetrum has leaves that are 'three cornered' or triangular in cross-section,  hence another name for them which is Three-cornered garlic.   Garlic chives leaf profile is flat. 

A lot of people confuse the two. 


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 17:24


Turn your compost thoroughly every couple of days - that should help. 

Strange Bird Behaviour

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 16:29
Mattbeer87 wrote (see)

Strange thing Dove is that he left it there 

It was a pretty big caterpillar mind you! :P

Maybe he realised it would choke the nestlings 

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