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fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 95
Can anyone please help me identify what this is growing in my border? There seems to be a lot of it... in a few places... some of it is growing quite big... unsure whether to leave it or dig it up? Thanks!
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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 7,642
    Possibly crocosmia, but l'm not sure.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 10,531
    If you try and tear a leaf, does it tear easily with the flesh of the leaf being soft and sticky when crushed, or is it tougher?   Any smell when you do that?  If the former, likely a bulb of some kind, if the latter, could be crocosmia.  If you dig one up and keep the bulb/corm/roots on it then post a photo, we should be able to narrow it down a lot.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 4,656
    I think they're Gladiolus byzantinus.. 
  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 95
    Hi! This is what I’ve dug up on a few of the younger shoots... I tried a bigger one but very deep... will try again... the leaves are easy to tear but not soft... they tore in a straight line 🧐
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 7,642
    Not crocosmia then  :)
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  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 3,642
    The one with the white extension bit coming from the bulb looks like a bluebell in the process of spreading itself, but the leaves in some of the other pics don't look like bluebells to me. I wonder if you have more than one thing in there.
  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 95
    JennyJ said:
    The one with the white extension bit coming from the bulb looks like a bluebell in the process of spreading itself, but the leaves in some of the other pics don't look like bluebells to me. I wonder if you have more than one thing in there.
    @JennyJ They all appear the same just different sizes... and some have grown bigger at the moment, otherwise they are identical... 🧐
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 3,642
    edited 27 March
    It's a mystery! Can you wait until they flower, then we'll have the answer?
  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 95
    @JennyJ yes of course, happy to leave them! Have lots in-between my wallflowers so don’t really want to mess too much with those ones... the others are with the alum which I would like to get the alum up! Very much a mystery! 😁
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