Two plants that I need IDing.

CaralCaral Posts: 301

Completely forgotten the name of this but its really quite big now. It got the 'chelsea chop' in early June and I was hoping that it might flower at some point, but I don't know when and I can't google it, as I don't know its name. image   


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This has been growing for a little while, and I left it to grow as I thought it might have been a baby hydrangea at first. Could it be meadowsweet?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,087

    The first one might be one of the asters and if so should flower eventually.

    Is the second one very shiny or is it wet? It's elder shaped but too shiny.

     

  • CaralCaral Posts: 301

    Its wet, very wet. image

     

     

  • CaralCaral Posts: 301

    Could the first one be an Echinacea? 

     

     

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,087

    No, that has much broader leaves, not meadowsweet either

  • CaralCaral Posts: 301

    That's a shame. So the second one is ground elder? That'll need to come out tout suite?   

     

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,087

    Elder, Sambucus nigra, I thought, not ground elder unless it's spreading everywhere. If it's not raining too hard can you go out and give the leaves a squeeze? The stems and leaves of elder have a very pungent smell.image

  • CaralCaral Posts: 301

    Just gave it a squeeze, and yep it does have a pungent smell. 
    Excellent, elderflower champagne next Spring then!   image 

     

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Just wondering if the first one might be one of the bottle brush plants, but as it hasn't flowered a bit difficult to tell -  a long shot I know.j 

  • CaralCaral Posts: 301

    I'm totally thrilled its an elder, its perfect to give some structure to the border that its in. And the elder already in the garden is so very big and old, that I can't get anywhere near flowers or fruit.  

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,087

    That's good Caral, you can decide whether to keep or dump, with ground elder it stays whether you want or not.

    That leaves the first one, more pics might be required on a dry day.

    It looks  a bit to lax for a bottle brush plant but I don't know those well.

    I was thinking more like this

    http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/aster-ericoides/1241.html

     

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