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Willpar
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Plant ID

Post by Willpar » Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:01 am

Does anyone know what this plant is. The bees love it, and is around 8-10 feet tall. Not the best of pics as taken a still from a video.


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Re: Plant ID

Post by Placido » Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:36 pm

Good grief :eek: !!

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Re: Plant ID

Post by Willpar » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:02 pm

Hi Placi, I reckon I have found it, Echium Pininana `pink fountain` hails from the Canaries and Madeira. It was buzzing with bees. Rather expensive though, I found one place that sells and they were two plants for forty quid.

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Re: Plant ID

Post by Placido » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:45 am

Hi Willpar - googled your plant and, yes, you'd have a gardenful of bees if you planted this.
PS: a packet of seeds is £3.20 and it flowers in the 2nd year so that's not bad.
Your vid is eagerly anticipated :nod:.

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Re: Plant ID

Post by Willpar » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:51 am

Hi Placi, I have found a dwarf echium. The grower found it by chance at his nursery. And sells the seeds.
Take a look here, lovely colour by the way and dense.

https://www.plant-world-seeds.com/store ... _item/4777

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Re: Plant ID

Post by Placido » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:58 pm

That's gorgeous, Willpar, like bunches of gentians :). Prefer that colour to the pink 8 ft tall one !

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Re: Plant ID

Post by Willpar » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:14 pm

Must admit placi, I just love that blue. I am getting tempted to buy a packet of seed.


Edit, I have hit on an idea. Will probably buy a packet of the dwarf blue seeds, but where that giant one is, I remember seeing it there through the years, so may raise them. Will ask if I can scrounge a plant if they have any in pots. I speak to the owner now and again, his father worked at the same place as I did. So if I can scrounge a plant, will save me a whole year. Don't hurt to ask.

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Re: Plant ID

Post by Placido » Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:02 am

Cracking idea, Willpar :yes:. You can always promise a swap if your dwarf blues seed in a couple of years.
Gardeners love to help each other :nod: :D :D

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Re: Plant ID

Post by Willpar » Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:31 am

You know the old saying, if you don't ask then you don't know.



Got a one year old plant and a couple of seedlings. Will get the lady a packet of dwarf blue seeds.

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Re: Plant ID

Post by Placido » Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:09 pm

Crikurk, that was quick work, Willpar !! Brilliant - hope it thrives.
Where on earth will you put it - does it need Planning Permission when it's full grown :laugh: ??!!

Very interesting video - don't the bees just luuuurve it.

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