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debs64debs64 Posts: 4,902


  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,902
    This gorgeous plant is growing in someone’s plot at the allotment and I want one! About 2-3 foot tall covered in bees! 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,797

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,902
    Really! Never realised it was so pretty, is it the sort of thing you can get at the Garden Centre? Or should I look for seeds? Thanks so much for your quick response Dove. 
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,190
    If your plot is close by, you probably won't need to bother😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,902
    It’s at the other end of the allotment but if it self seeds I will be happy it is stunning. The photo doesn’t really do it justice the flowers are a rich purple. 
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,175
    Debs - beautiful and beloved by bees it may be but it is a downright thug. As @B3 has hinted, it will find its way to you and you will never get rid of it. There is a very well behaved relative called Bocking 14 which does not spread and that would be the one to go for. Of course that one might be Bocking 14 so I'd have a word with the allotment holder.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,902
    Thanks LB it is only a single plant growing right at the edge of the plot near the path and I always stop to admire it since it started to flower. I never see that holder so can’t ask them but if it self seeds I may just take a single flower and try it in a pot I will look out for seeds for sale first though. 
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,154
    There are Comfreys bred for making composts that don't seed, Bocking (plus a number) It may be one of these and it's one worth getting if you don't want the seedlings everywhere. I'm told it's just as good for insects

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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