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Welcome addition or weed?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 19:50

Thanks everyone! Definitely sweet William as you say. I should have recognised that. There was some in that border last year that came from a box of 'wildflower' seed.

Welcome addition or weed?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 10:22

I haven't posted for a while but not surprised to see a lot of ID requests a this time of the year.

Here's to a successful new growing season to all!

My ID request is for the plant in the picture with the spiky, lanceolate leaves. It's growing in a wildflower border among the ox-eye daisies, as well as in a few other places.


Plants think it's Spring

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 14:39

I'm in Sheffield and as elsewhere the weather's been so mild that plants are responding as if it's Spring. I have flower buds on some of the daffodils, all of which are in an advanced state of growth, as are the tulips.

All my primulas and primroses are in abundant flower, although that is not so unusual as they will flower two or three times a year if conditions are right.

I had to cut back my bush rose because it started producing new flowers in October, I have marigolds that haven't stopped flowering all year. I even have some new red clover that has just flowered.

This might be tempting fate but I'd really like to see some cold and wintery weather so that there's something left for Springtime.


Plant ID, please.

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 14:33

Hi, thanks for all the replies and sorry for the lateness of my response.

It's definitely not Californian poppy. This is a favourite of mine and I have several in the garden. The CP has lighter green leaves, which are more delicate than the plant pictured. The stems of these are more fibrous and stronger.

Smell I can't tell you at the moment. Because of age and years of smoking my sense of small was poor, and then a reaction to medication for allergic Rhinitis killed it off completely a few years ago. It's recently started to return but some days are better than others.

I don't think it's one of the corianders because I also have these in the garden and they grow much taller or have different leaf forms.

Nutcutlet, you might be right about it being an umbillfer (now Apiaceae), but as yet the ones I've had either haven't matured to the flower stage, or I've pulled them out too soon, but they don't ever seem to have much height, staying quite close to the ground.

Definitely not Nigella as again, I grow these and the plant pictured is much bigger and doesn't produce flowers. The leaves and stems are also different.

I'll let one, or maybe two develop, and then come back to this thread with more info and better pic's.

Thanks, Ian

Plant ID, please.

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 13:29

Hi, I've been meaning to ask for an ID for this plant for a while. As you can see from the pic's it has a number of stems some of which remain prostrate and others upright. I find these in the garden each year and have been pulling them as they grow but don't produce any flowers.

Whether that's because I haven't given them the time I don't know. I suspect it's a weed, particularly as it has a very deep slender taproot, surrounded by a clump of quite long thin roots. Generally it has the appearance of a wild carrot.



Posted: 01/12/2015 at 11:01

I have never had these problems with the locking mechanisms, either. On the three that I have at the moment the locking mechanisms are out of the way of any inadvertent movements of the hand or thumb and don't lock in use.

I have a mid-priced pair from Wilkinsons that I picked up for a £1, reduced from £8 because they were missing the packaging. I think they were Wilkinson Sword and are very good, the locking mechanism is plastic and quite stiff.

The others are a pair of Briers and a pair of Joseph Bentley 'Gold'. Both are very good and the Bentley are excellent but pricey, although they can be bought at a discount, around £12, in TK Maxx, in the summer.

I did once buy a very cheap pair from Poundland that fell apart after a few weeks.

Some plant iD's, please.

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 11:25

Thanks Pansyface, I think you're right. Because it was so small I wasn't sure but I think that's because it flowered late.

Nutcutlet, thanks, I thought it might be something undesirable.

Some plant iD's, please.

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 13:17

As some of you know it's been a bit of a strange year plantwise, with some plants flowering earlier than usual, and others much later.

I hope someone can ID some of these young plants from their leaves, and the last one from its flower also. I think the first two came from a packet of first year flowering perennials that I sowed.

 In the pic' below it's the plant in the centre I want to ID.



Posted: 09/10/2015 at 11:51

OK, will do, thanks for the replies.


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 11:35

Just wondering whether it's a bit too late to sow foxglove seeds?

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Discussions started by soulboy

Welcome addition or weed?

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Plant ID, please.

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Some plant iD's, please.

Young plants 
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Too late to sow seeds? 
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Chamomile or something else?

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Flowering plant ID, please.

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ID for tall flowering plant.

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Lily beetles

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Small flower ID, please.

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Keepers or chuckers?

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Broad leafed plant ID, please.

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Rose pruning question

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Aromatic shrub ID, please

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Can someone help ID these 2 small flowers.

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3 flowering plants for ID, please.

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