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I bought a young tree peony plant in the Spring of 2010, and it has produced two flowers for the first time this year. You will need to be patient, but it is well worth the wait!
My first thought was globe thistle or echinops!
Use it as a mulch on your garden. Put it into your compost bin - it will be full of bacteria which will help speed up the composting process. Never give it to the Council!
I agre with Dove... A Ribes, an ornamental shrub and not grown from fruit. A lovely flower!
I noticed, last weekend, that my mop-head has got some buds on it. Not leaf buds,(they've been there sometime now) but flower buds!!! I live in the West Midlands so not a particularly mild area.
I grew these from seed this year for the first time - and will grow them again. I got the pinks and white ones, but also some in a deep purple. I am leaving mine to seed themselves.
I don't know if this will help, but when we dig out a potato bag or tub, we either put the compost on the soil as a mulch, or put it in the compost bin.
Couldn't agree more. We had a huge walnut tree stump removed by grinding and it was great. Keep the grindings - you can use them as a mulch or just compost them.
Anthony, Tulips are nowhere as reliable as daffodils for continuing to flower year after year. Hope you are lucky with yours!
Hostas are lovely for their foliage, but they do flower as well.