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Anyone able to ID this plant for me, please.

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 08:45

Thanks everyone, I checked out all the suggestions and there's no doubt in my mind now that it is chicory. The leaves in the images I found match exactly.

Anyone able to ID this plant for me, please.

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 14:52

In my back garden border I planted seeds from a box of 'wildflowers' that actually contains a mix of native, non-native, wild and cultivated flowers.

The plant in the centre of the picture has been growing quite slowly in the border, and there are several of them. The leaves have developed in a whorl but it doesn't look as if it will produce a flower.

Anyone know what it is?


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Posted: 15/08/2014 at 18:43

Emma, thanks for the earlier ID of the Larkspur. I've done a little research since and I'm certain my plant is Consolida regalis. But Wikipedia states Consolida is a genus 'embedded' in Delphinium. I didn't know one genus can be embedded in another. Can you explain?

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Posted: 15/08/2014 at 12:36

I have another flowering plant that's come up in the garden in the last few days that I'd like an ID for, please.

It's about 25cm tall, and has lobed, pinnate leaves similar to some cosmos and marigolds. The flowers are branching from a single stem and are slightly orchid-like. One of the keys to identifying it may be that the flower buds that you can see at the top of the plant have a spur at the base.


ID please!

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 09:34

Hi Wayside, yes mine is exactly like a big snowmound when it flowers. It is gorgeous.

Hi Nutcutlet, the spirea I posted about has a lovely arching aspect so when in flower it looks like a big snowmound as Wayside pointed out, And then until it loses its leaves in winter it has very attractive light green foliage. In winter it provides a little height and shape to the garden with it's thin branches.

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Posted: 14/08/2014 at 09:25

David, thanks very much for your very prompt answer. I should have known it was a cosmos. I had a gorgeous deep purple one in the garden last year. I was a bit thrown by the leaves as previous and other cosmos in the garden have a more delicate dill-like leaf.

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Posted: 13/08/2014 at 13:25

Hi, I wonder if you could ID this lovely, small orange flower that has appeared in the garden very recently. It came from a box of 'wildflower' seeds. But, the box contains many non-native species, as well as plants that are considered garden, rather than wildlife plants. The non-native plants tend to be from North America.

This plant has branching flower and the flower buds and the leaves are very similar to French marigolds. The flowers are branching. The plant is about 20cm tall.


ID please!

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:59

Hi nutcutlet, if you ever do want to grow a spirea I can recommend the one I have in my garden. It's a hybrid, Spiraea × cinerea 'Grefsheim'.

It is covered in lovely, small white flowers in spring and early summer. In fact it's the first of my shrubs to flower every year. It has an arching habit once established. I've only ever pruned it once to stop it from encroaching on some lilies I had planted, but generally I let it it do it's own thing.

It's deciduous and keeps it's leaves until the first hard frost. Bees love it.

You best reccomendation

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 11:30

I'm a somewhat novice gardener but here are a selection of flowering plants and shrubs I would always have.

1. Marigolds. Calendula officinalis (common or pot marigolds), Tagetes patula (French marigolds and Tagetes tenuifolia (Signet marigold). All three give lovely warm summer colour and will flower through to the first frosts as long as they are deadheaded. The last two produce the most wonderful strong and pungent fragrance and if you keep the deadheaded flowers you will have hundreds of seeds every year.

All three are loved by butterflies and some bees.I try and avoid the double flower marigold varieties as they're not bee friendly.

2. Aquilegia alpina (columbine 'alpina') This smallish bushy perennial is gorgeous and has a deep true blue colour and lots of flowers from spring through to midsummer, and sometimes beyond. It responds well to deadheading and self-seeds quite freely. Again you can harvest seed to plant elsewhere or give to friends. Bees absolutely adore this plant and it provides an early nectar source for them,

3. Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus). I don't think a garden is complete without a a few sunflowers. I have to say they dominate my garden from midsummer through to October. I grow a few different varieties, from dwarf 'teddy' plants to giant single and multiple flower head ones. And from whites through to reds. Very easy to grow and will grow in almost any soil.

I've seen them grow from cracks in the pavement and this year some of mine self-seeded amongst the decorative stone in the middle of my garden, in dense clay soil. The only drawback in growing them is you have to stake the taller varieties because they will go over in any significant wind.

They are also bee magnets!

4. Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudifllorum). This hardy, medium sized shrub gives you lovely star-like yellow flowers on arching branches through the winter into spring and dark green foliage all year round. Although not a climber it can be trained up an arch, trellis or fence. many varieties are beautifully fragrant. It also has the advantage of being largely pest and disease resistant.

5. Violas (Viola tricolour). Just the prettiest of flowers! The variety of colour and pattern appears to be infinite. Most of mine are grown in baskets and containers but I've had some self-seed in the borders and the stone of the garden, which I'm very happy to let grow.

6. Plains coreopsis or tickweed (Corepsis tinctoria) Beautiful branching flowers on slender stems that sometimes need staking. The flowers have vivid crimson centres surrounded by ochre yellow, the colour pattern sometimes reversed. In my garden this mid to late summer flower complements the hot colours of the marigolds and sunflowers.

7. Mexican or mock orange (Choisya × dewitteana 'Aztec Pearl'). A lovely evergreen small to medium sized shrub with lovely fragrant flowers in spring, and sometimes again in autumn.Loved by bees, but also by a small green caterpillar which attacks the growing tips of the plant. I pick them off by hand but the infestations are never so bad as to affect the overall health of the plant.

8. Spirea 'Grefsheim' (Spiraea × cinerea 'Grefsheim'). This is a small to mediium sized shrub with arching branches and tiny white flowers in clusters along the branches. It's deciduous, flowering in the spring.

And finally, daffodils, primroses/primulas, irises and anemones for late winter and spring.

My small garden is east-facing and gets the sun from early morning through to about 1-2pm in the summer. The soil is deep compost on a clay base.


Bee/Butterfly friendly flowers, but space efficient. :)

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 09:11

I forgot to add that I grow lots of sunflowers, which all the bees love.

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A new small flowering plant ID, please.

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Stumped by another small flower!

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ID for small white flower.

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Small flower ID, please.

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ID for a very small wild or garden flower, please.

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Amother very pretty wildflower for identification.

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Another wildflower ID. please.

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ID for yellow bush rose, please

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Small plant ID, please.

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