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A few flower ID's please.

Posted: 24/10/2017 at 20:11
DimWit says:

What about Ismelia versicolor for the small white and yellow daisy? See this link:

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 Thanks, you've nailed it! Coincidentally I noticed Ismelia referenced when I was doing my searches for Glebionis and didn't look at them.

A few flower ID's please.

Posted: 24/10/2017 at 12:15

First, apologies for not responding sooner to all the replies about my questions. And thanks to everyone.

Lyn, and those who suggested the orange flower is a cosmos were spot on. It is indeed Cosmos sulphureus. Prompted by Lyn's suggestion I was reminded that I had had this in the garden a few years ago, checked my records and compared my images with those on google and that confirmed it.

Following Dimwit's suggestion that the small white daisy with the large-lobed leaf could be Glebionis carinatum I've looked at a lot of images for those plants and the leaves are not right. However, the mention of Glebionis made me realise that once again, I had had the third flower, the taller daisy, in the garden previously and I'm almost certain it's Glebionis segetum, commonly known as corn marigold or corn daisy.

These flowers have the central yellow colouring that extends almost to the tips of the petals, which are white.

So the jury's still out on the small daisy. Hopefully someone will be able to ID it.

A few flower ID's please.

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 12:27

I'd really appreciate some help to identify three flowers that came from a packet of summer annual seeds.

The first is a plant that produces several orange flowers on their own stems. The leaves are serrated and finely lobed but not as finely as a cosmos. It grows to a height of about 35-40cm and the flowers are short-lived, about a week to ten days.

If you look closely the flower has tiny flower heads at its centre so it could be a member of the sunflower tribe. I couldn't get very good pictures and I've indicated the leaves with white arrows.

The second plant also appears to be a member of the daisy family and again, possibly of the sunflower tribe as it also has tiny florets in the centre.

It's a small plant with a single flower and very distinctive, serrated, and widely lobed leaves, growing to a height of about 20cm.

Finally, another member of the daisy family similar to anthemis and chamomile plants. It's growing to a height of about 80-90cm.

ID for two small-flowered annuals, please

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 12:12

Thanks Buttercupdays, that's sorted that for me.

ID for two small-flowered annuals, please

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 13:05

Hi, I'm hoping that someone can ID these two plants that came from a packet of summer annual seeds.

Both flowers are similar in that they are both small, 5-petalled and flower on multi-branching, very thin stems, which grow from a larger central stem. One is white the other pink

However, as you can see from the pictures they are different flowers, though quite possibly from the same family.

The first 2 pic's show the pink flower. It has a flower structure similar to a bladder campion in that the calyx is a tubular structure. In this flower though the tube is indented along its length.

Both plants' leaves are opposite and lanceolate but the white flower's leaves are much smaller than the pink one. The white flower petals have some faint pink striations. The pink flower petals have much more pronounced venous striations that are a darker pink than the rest of the petal.

Both flowers emerge as a bell-shape and then flatten as the flower grows.

I'm sorry about the lack of focus in the images, my mobile camera doesn't photograph small flowers well very often.

Plant query

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 11:13

I beg to differ with some of the comments here. While I agree that it is very difficult to erdaicate this pernicious weed, it can be done. This is particularly true if the mares tail is still relatively small, as in your pictures.

I had a small isolated plot in my back garden that was overgrown and i discovered some mares tail in it. I dug down as deep as I could (to the base clay) at as distance of about a metre from the centre of each plant and removed everything.

Unfortunately, as mentioned, the roots can go very deep, as much as two metres according to the RHS website. But when the plants are young the roots are not going to be that deep. The main problem is is that, like some other pernicious weeds, it can regrow from the tiniest bit of root left in the ground..

So you have to keep a close eye out for new growth when you've removed them. To remove these new ones I also dug deeply around them but only a few inches from the centre this time and when I removed them I could see that I had all the roots.

I also treated some with a strong root-killing weedkiller. You have to bruise some of the leaves between thumb and finger before applying or spraying the weedkiller and repeat the application daily until you see them start to die.

It's taken me two years but they have now all gone. If you have a lot more than in the picture weedkiller rather than digging may be your best option.

Sunflower Heads

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 09:40

There are many sunflower varieties that are multi-headed.


Posted: 21/07/2017 at 09:55
joyce mannell says:


I have lillies in a tub they dont grow very tall what is the epsom salts and seeweed for to build up the bulbs can I buy seeweed from homebase as I only have tomatoe feed 

Ive just bought 15 just for postage and put in  tubs as my soil in the borders is so hard 

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 Hi Joyce, one place I know that sells liquid seaweed is Wilkinsons, the budget home supplies chain. It's relatively expensive at about £4.00 a bottle but definitely worth using. They often have big reductions on this and other garden items in the autumn and it keeps very well.

Loving Lavatera

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 16:49

Hi, you need to post your question as a new thread otherwise no one is going to see it. This thread is from 2013!

ID for small flowering plant

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 16:41

Thanks Lyn!

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