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turmericturmeric Posts: 828
I've been trying to catch on the episodes of GW that I never seem to find time to watch on a Fri eve these days. I've just watched Episode 15 where Adam Frost did a piece about water conservation.  At one point he walks through his garden with a wheelbarrow and in the foreground are these magnificent pale pink spires.  Does anyone know what they are.  I'm thinking Veronicastrum but I know there are experts on here who will instantly recognise them and put me out of my misery.  They're gorgeous.  I kept hoping he would refer to them and then the name would pop up on the corner of the screen, but he didn't.  Any ideas anyone? I know it's a long shot.  :)


  • Liz.SprLiz.Spr Posts: 31
    Pink toadflax/linaria
    I have green thumbs and no aphids on my roses.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,602
    I think it's the pale pink form of Linaria Purpurea, "Canon Went". That's what was in the earlier close-up shots with the bee, anyway.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,941
    Another vote for Linaria

  • turmericturmeric Posts: 828
    Brilliant, thank you.  Now I just need to source some for my garden, they looked gorgeous.  Thanks again everyone.  :)

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,937
    edited July 2020
    I got mine from Chiltern
    needless to say I've now got hundreds of them :)
    If you sow them soon, you'll have flowering plants next year

    Billericay - Essex

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  • turmericturmeric Posts: 828
    Wonderful, thanks Pete.  The only thing is Crocus say a height of 0.9m but they looked really majestic in Adam's garden.  I think it was a clever camera angle.  I have the linaria 'weed' in my garden (the dark purple one) and it grows to about 30cm with a tiny flower head.  The ones in Adam's garden looked huge.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,865
    My purple and pink ones grow to about 3’. Maybe little more.  The bees love them.
    i will collect the pink seeds.
    I got the seeds from the Seed Swap thread, someone sent them to me a few years ago, maybe it was Pete? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063
    Thanks @Pete.8 just clicked on your link to see what you were all talking about and ended up spending £15 on seeds.  This website will bankrupt me
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • FireFire Posts: 17,351
    My Canon Went are well over a metre tall.
  • turmericturmeric Posts: 828
    Thanks everyone, this is sounding promising. :)

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