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Plant identity - any ideas welcome.

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 17:32

Hi again - just thought I would let people know that I am now sure the plants is a Stachys sylvatica - Hedge Woundwort.

I'm still looking into what the other plants might be now that I have Stachys types as a start. I have a list of varieties to explore and if I have no luck will post again with photos. 

Strange plant

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 22:02

I agree it's a teasel - a friend gave me one last year - a lovely plant, particularly the seed head which is liked by both flower arrangers and birds. I had hoped I would get self-sown seedlings this year but none have appeared.

They seem to germinate freely along a walking route near us on a disused railway !!!! Such are the vagaries of nature !!! 


Posted: 15/06/2012 at 19:08

Hi again - I'm waiting for some ginger seeds to germinate - Cautleya lutea which was described as hardy to -10C so will see what happens !!  I've never grown ginger of any type before and am thinking of ordering a Roscoea next Spring which I believe is also hardy. 

Like you welshonion I don't want anything that is too time consuming or requires lots of space as both time and space, as well as funds, are limited !! 

Happy gardening to you both 

Plant identity - any ideas welcome.

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 18:34

Hi everyone - thanks ever so much for the suggestions. I do have dead nettle in the garden and once the rain stops I'm off to crush some leaves !!!

I'm thinking that the plant is a type of stachys and am going to investigate further the particular ones mentioned - I have stachys lanata and stachys macrantha in the garden already and think that 2 other plants which I cannot identify from enquiries with neighbours, internet etc etc and which have square stems may also be stachys varieties - they are yet to flower so no point taking photos, not to mention the weather !! 

It's really good to have a forum like this where people are so helpful even though it might seem like stating the obvious for those who recognise the plants immediately.

I hope that at some time I can be as helpful. 



Plant identity - any ideas welcome.

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 20:08

Hi again - being new to the forum I'm not sure whether I should start a new thread for help with more plant identification or stick with this one.

Have decided to stick with this thread and see if I get any responses.

The following photos of unidentified plant were taken today and a couple of days ago. The plant is perennial and spreads by way of underground roots sending up individual flowering shoots at random !!!  It hasn't proved to be invasive yet but I think it could be so, if I don't keep it in check !!

Neither the flowers nor leaves are aromatic. Not sure if it's clear from any of the photos but the shoots are square rather than round which I think is unusual so may help with its identity, or family, at least.

The first photo shows the plant in situ in front of the foxglove and to the left of it. The second shows leaf arrangement and flowers in the bud stage, the third a close up of a flower which puts me in mind of a snapdragon and the final photo is looking down at young emerging shoots showing leaf arrangement.




 Thanks to everyone for looking and for any helpful suggestions to explore. 


Posted: 14/06/2012 at 17:56

Hi there - I've looked into growing ornamental ginger plants and discovered that there are lots of types of gingers requiring, as you might have guessed, lots of different types of requirements. 

I can post a link or two for you if you let me know if you have a specific type of ginger in mind.


Posted: 14/06/2012 at 17:51

Mine still aren't in flower yet - any day now !!!!   I grew them from seed and this is the second summer for those that survived the slug and snail attacks.  They seem stronger plants than last year but no clumping is apparent.  I will add some compost/manure mulch which might help.

Thanks for the helpful tip about how to remove the flowers which I'll adopt as flowering through autumn to December sounds great !!

Photinia Red Robin pruning?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 17:37

Hi there - difficult to say whether your "red robin" will survive - perhaps, plant it anyway with well rotted compost in a sunny site and wait to see what happens during the next few months.

We have several of these and grow them in hedging, specimen shrub, small shrub and small tree !! Which it is depends on whether it's me or my husband doing the pruning !!!! I grow one as a small shrub and prune different shoots to a leaf node throughout spring, summer and early autumn to maintain the red leaves. A friend advises to prune after a full moon as apparently the plants can tolerate the loss of limb/leaf better at this time of the month. The next full moon is 3rd July so I'll be busy then !!!!  


Posted: 13/06/2012 at 21:07

Hi !! My alstroemerias are about to come into flower. I think they are lovely plants and love the way the leaves curl back on themselves. They do like plenty of water, a well drained soil and a sunny site. Depending on how much rain you have where you are, regular watering, in the morning, so as not to attract slugs/snails, should help them establish in theire new "home". Hope it all goes well 

Clematis from seed?

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 22:50

I have grown Clematis chiisanensis 'Korean Beauty' from seed - several germinated from a September 2010 sowing but few survived the winter - even when indoors !! One plant remained and was planted in the ground summer 2011. It has put on lots of young growth this spring and is now climbing upwards so I'm very pleased with its performance so far. I did try to germinate more from seed, obtained from a different source, earlier in the year with no success at all !!!! 

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