The unknown plants…

that I included in the Shades and shapes post slideshow at the beginning of the month have now all been identified.

Unknown ~ 1 is an oriental poppy (papaver orientale) which I don’t recollect flowering before but has several buds on it, one of which you can see here

Unknown ~ 2 is a lemon balm (melissa officinalis) plant which seems to have self seeded as I’ve still got a packet unopened!

Unknown ~ 3 is almost certainly a polemonium, or Jacob’s Ladder, which I shall keep an eye on to see if it grows and flowers.

Unknown ~ 4 is Rosebay willow herb which is often considered to be a weed but I let it grow  around the log pile, and  elephant hawk moth larvae feed on it.

Unknown ~ 5 is a plum tree according to Joe and Trevor, which is good news!As you can see it’s grown up through the patio pallet , so I’ve put a length of old broom handle in the ground close by to hopefully deter me from stepping on it!

The elder tree which I’ve mentioned recently is actually a  common ash!  I dug it up yesterday morning as I’m told that nothing will grow in the adjacent ground.  It was just a few feet from the above plum tree which I think is  much better to have on the plot.

My thanks to everyone who helped identify these,  all your suggestions were much appreciated.


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6 Responses to The unknown plants…

  1. Jo says:

    It’s easier to identify plants once they’ve grown a little. It just goes to prove that you shouldn’t dig up anything you’re not sure about as you could be digging up a gem.

  2. daffy says:

    Glad to see you managed without my technical help. (Usually offered would have been a colour and the word “thingy” would follow.) 😮
    Oh and I think I want a patio pallet! 😮
    Hope you are well and making the most of the plotting weather! xx

    • Flighty says:

      Daffy I really don’t know how I managed without your unique expertise! I think that you’ll love the poppy when it flowers.
      And what would you do with it if you did?
      I am thanks, I was on the plot this morning sowing flower seeds. xx

  3. Liz says:

    The oriental poppy looks like some alien creature! I must sow some poppy seeds this spring; another favorite!

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