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Posted: 10/07/2012 at 18:26

Hi everyone - photo as promised of one of the Alstroemeria plants in flower - I took it as soon as the flower buds opened and although they have opened more the rain has battered them a bit - thankfully, not as much as some other flowers !!

I just noticed this weekend that two of the Alstroemeria seeds have germinated - without having to put them in the fridge - not sure whether the remaining 10 seeds will follow but anything is better than nothing !!

Think I'm going to follow the advice from sparklepinksunflower and pick the flower stems for indoors where, because of the continuing wet weather, they can be better appreciated !! 

Talkback: How to collect and save seeds

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 18:05
mariarossi wrote (see)
I have been given some hollyhock seeds could you advise me when to plant them?

Hi mariarossi - I would suggest that you sow the hollyhock seeds now and then overwinter the resulting seedlings in a coldframe, greenhouse or the like !! The plants can then be planted in the ground next spring.

I've never had much luck with hollyhocks from seed - largely because they get eaten by slugs/snails before they get established - even in the dry summers in Lincolnshire - a distant memory now !! 

Thanks to others for the helpful tips and information - it's always very interesting reading the posts on the forum 

More plants to identify - Stachys or not ??!!

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 17:47

Hi yarrow2 and backyardee - many thanks for the really helpful replies - I was giving up on the idea that I would ever find out the identity of these plants !! 

I'm pretty sure now that the first is Salvia 'Purple Rain' - the internet images look just like the plants in the garden !! The bees absolutely love it - even when it's raining !!!  

I've just been in the garden planting 'potted on' seedlings that had become pot bound and had to come in because of the rain but at least, on a positive note, I don't have to water them in but not sure how many will be there in the morning after the slugs and snails have dined !! 

I had no idea that there are so many varieties of verbena - it's amazing what's out there when I look !! There are lots of Verbena Bonariensis self-sown seedlings growing near the second plant so it could be a variety planted by the previous property occupants. They did leave labels by a few of the plants but many which did not have labels have not been known to neighbours so I'll feel quite chuffed when I can tell them what they are - I will give credit where it's due and say it's not down to me !!!

Thanks once again and happy gardening 

More plants to identify - Stachys or not ??!!

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 22:55
fotofit wrote (see)

Hi everyone - I'm back - let the challenge continue !! 

I have 'square eyes' from searching internet etc all very interesting but still unable to identify a couple of plants. I've also been waiting for plants and flowers to develop so that I could get more useful photos.

I'm pretty sure that the first plant is a Stachys variety with fairly distinctive crinkly serrated edged leaves and flowers which do not seem to open much. However, although there are so many varieties of Stachys none seem to match what I have !!

The second unidentified plant - the final 2 photos - has similar characteristics to the Stachys - square stem etc but as these are not exclusve to Stachys I have wondered if it's a type of Phlomis although it's not like a yellow one I have in the garden and unlike ones I have seen in gardens locally !!!

Thanks in advance for any helpful suggestions 





That's it for now. 



Mystery plants

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 22:38

Hi there - well done with the photos !!!   First is, I think Acanthus Mollis.

Second photo looks like Leycesteria formosa - Pheasant Berry shrub.

I believe that both can grow quite large - we have the first in the garden and it is quite large - do not have the second but, coincidentally, saw one in the garden of a neighbour today and it was a good sized shrub - over a metre in height.

Hope this helps and I'm sure that other forumites will have other ideas as to identity.

Happy gardening 

Salvia Sclarea

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 22:17

Hi Kate1123 - as lovetogarden says there are lots of salvias - annuals and perennials - some with bigger flowers than others - so yours could be as it should be !! Have you still got the seed packet and does it state the variety ?

The flowers do look an interesting colour. 

Plant ID

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 22:11

Hi Mark - thanks for that tip - there seem to be so many colours available that we're spoilt for choice - I might look out for a packet of mixed seed for next year !! 

Plant ID

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 20:32

Hi everyone - the sun shone today in Lincolnshire for all of 5 minutes so I managed to get a couple of photos of flowers open - most of the plants are now getting quite bedraggled with the rain and winds and the flowers are starting to 'go over'. 


I think the colour is spectacular and next year I'm going to try and sow direct into the ground !!  I may also try some of the blue ones as if their colour is as intense it will look lovely. I'm growing the ones in the photos in amongst taller plants but they can be seen 'through' them !! 

Happy gardening. 

Plant Identification

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 21:38

Hi Lawnmower Chris and Bookertoo - yes type of cotoneaster - not sure which - we have several, including trees in the garden planted by previous occupants.

Bees love the unopened and opened flowers and birds the berries. We have found the palnts to be pretty indestructible so prune at any time, bearing in mind the comments of Bookertoo.

You could leave pruning until next Spring now that you know what it is !!! 

Salvia Sclarea

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 18:33

Hi everyone - I agree with Berghill about identity. I have it growing in our garden - it's very hardy I would say - it's a biennial and, in my experience, self seeds readily without becoming invasive.  

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