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ID for interesting flowering plant, please.

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 11:58
Dovefromabove says:

I think the alcohol in the Pimms is far more likely to have a deleterious effect on our livers than the borage flowers used to prettify it 

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 I was thinking the two together would multiply the deleterious effects. Although Fidgetbones would have to be drinking an awful lot of borage-infused Pimms for there to be a problem.

ID for interesting flowering plant, please.

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:24
fidgetbones says:

I freeze the blue flowers in ice cubes to use for pimms.

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 I hope you don't use too many of those. The Wiki page says that there are liver-toxic alkaloids present

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Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:21
Fairygirl says:

There's a white variety too soulboy  

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 Thanks Fairygirl. I noticed that when I read the Wiki page on it.

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Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:20
nutcutlet says:

soulboy says:

Thank you both! So many plants to learn about.

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 It never stops soulboy, there's always a new plant to learn about

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ID for interesting flowering plant, please.

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 11:30

Thank you both! So many plants to learn about.

ID for interesting flowering plant, please.

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 11:09

I'm hoping someone can ID this interesting flowering plant that's appeared in my front garden. The pic's are not the best as the plant is in an awkward spot to get to and they were taken on a very bright day.

One big help in identifying it is that it has quite an unusual flower, in that the centre of the flower has a dark, almost black conical protuberance. Another is that the whole plant is extremely hairy, stems, leaves, and flower buds.

It's quite tall, at least 1m, and would be quite a lot taller but for the fact that a large part of the bottom stem is on the ground supporting the plants' weight.

fragrant patio suggestions please

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 12:04

I agree with Hollie Hock, night-scented stock. It has the most heady, beguiling aroma and of course has the advantage of giving you fragrance at a time when the other flowers are not producing it.


Posted: 31/08/2016 at 11:57
aym280 says:

soulboy: Thank you very much for the intelligence. Must have a look next time to town.

Would love to see your beauties on MY Flowers thread .. Please grace my thread... Haha! I'm begging here.

I knew that you had a typo, so I copied and pasted the text into google and out came Van M... as a supplier! I don't think so. I bought the Blue Bayou and got a single and a dinner plate two coloured flower. I won't buy from them again. I know a tiny bit of Jap and knew that yt couldn't be a Japanese cluster. Tsuki-yori-no-shisha is the name. I made typo like this all the time, especially two ii. When I wrote threee .., my teacher said it was a mental aberration... That's such a long time ago.. I'm fossilised. Shame my life has always been an aberration ..

Lovely intelligence to act upon. I really love your flowers, soulboy!

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 aym280, thanks so much for your kind comments. I will post some pic's on your thread when I have some time. The misspelling was an oversight rather than a typo. I copied and pasted the name from a website without checking it. The big mistake I made however, was in saying the dahlias were in stock. It was a brain burp! Of course it's the autumn and winter bulbs they have in stock at the moment. The dahlias are stocked in the spring, from around March/April time.

Still, they are much cheaper in Wilkos than many other places. If I remember correctly, the ones in question are £2.50 for a two-pack. Some of the dahlias are cheaper, such as Topmix varieties. In fact, if you take the risk of waiting, visiting the shop reasonably regularly, they all go on sale after a few weeks and you can pick them up for 50p a pack.

They have quite a good selection, I bought another beautiful white one and a glorious pink and yellow  one, both large-flowered.


Posted: 30/08/2016 at 12:02
aym280 says:

Wow: Several feasts for the eyes! Wakeshine: I have one also like a dinner plate but as yours is an iridescent yellow, it must have injected so much drama in your garden. 

Chrissy the gardener: Wow! Where did you buy yours? I bought loads of seeds but the flowers are all very indifferent. Those two look so beautiful and distinctive. I am going to take cuttings of mine as there are two that I definitely want to keep. Where can I buy these beauties, Chrissy? 

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 Hi aym20, I don't know the name of the pink dahlia but the white one is a cactus dahlia,Tsuki-ytori-no-shisha. The name, aptly, means 'messenger from the moon', apparently the title of a very popular Japanese novel

The great thing is that Wilko has had this in stock for the last few years and dahlias have just gone on sale there. They do sell out fairly quickly but my store still had some last week and they should have some for at least a couple of weeks more.

I've grown it for three years and it's fabulous. A prolific flowerer, my two initial tubers have grown into very large bush-like plants and probably need dividing. It goes on for ages with deadheading. I've left mine in the ground the last three winters and they've been fine, although the winters have been relatively mild. Though people say it's the wet that's the real problem, rather than the cold.

But mine are in a very well-draining border and I mulch them each winter. Like all dahlias they do attract earwigs and blackfly but it's never been a serious problem for me as I keep on top of that. Another tip for these is that the petals at the back of the flowers start to rot and go brown/black but I don't deadhead them straight away, I just pick off those petals and wait until the flower has completely opened to show its yellow centre and allow the bees to feed before I think about deadheading them

ID for a small white flower

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 11:28

Thanks Ladybird. No luck yet. I was hoping that the way the flower has that 'mitre' shape before ti opens would be recognised by someone. I'm still searching flower databases.

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