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I've forgotten what I planted (d'oh)

ErashaErasha Posts: 52
Pic 1 + 3 : Bought this in Morrisons for £1.76 and planted it last August. It's grown ridiculously well, but I can't remember what it's called (despite remembering how much it cost to the penny 😂). Can anyone remind me? I promise I'll start to label things properly from now on as I'm forever on here posting for ID's! 

Pic 2 : this is coming up everywhere this year, flowers with a wispy purple feathery tip. Is it a weed? I quite like it even if it is, but would like to know what it is.



  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,901
    Someone else will be along soon to argue or confirm.  :)
  • ErashaErasha Posts: 52
    Thankyou Plant Pauper! Lavetera rings a bell and photo one is just a close up of the bud on the plant from photo 3, so looks like you've solved my mystery!
  • ErashaErasha Posts: 52
    Though I should say, if anyone can hazard a guess as to what type of Lavetera it could be, that'd be great. I'm excited as there are so many big flower buds!
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Are 1 and 3 the same plant?  I'd say either lavatera or hibiscus, they're near relatives, and when the flowers open you might be able to find out what variety.  I keep meaning to start a garden journal, record everything I plant and sow, with date and location, with the plant labels stapled in , but never get round to it.

    Your second picture is purple toadflax, which self seeds.  An annoying weed or a pretty, bee-friendly wildflower, your choice.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,634
    I think it's a lavatera too, pink flowers I think.
    Josusa I keep a garden notebook diary each day, when I just note down what the weather was like, what I'd bought for the garden and what I'd planted and where. I also try to record when I watered or fed the plants so I didn't do it twice. Been keeping a notebook for around ten years now and it's invaluable as a record.  I also keep all my plant labels in alphabetical order in an old shoebox and write the date I bought the plant and sometimes where I've put it, then I can easily look up the plant if I need to. I am retired though so have the time to do this!  You could do it on a computer if it's easier.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • ErashaErasha Posts: 52
    Lizzie, I adore organisation and this sounds like you've nailed it!
    Thanks Josusa, 1+3 are the same plants yes, I'm sure it is Lavatera as you say, sounds familiar now you mention it.
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