Can you identify this please.

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Hello lovely people, any ideas on this? I am no gardener but really would love to learn. Moved in 3 years ago and last year there was only one, now there are three in a row and the slugs seem to love though. 
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  • theoreticatheoretica Forumite
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    Could very well be foxglove in which case the 2 year old one should flower and confirm later this year.
    But a banker, engaged at enormous expense,
    Had the whole of their cash in his care.
    Lewis Carroll
  • DavesnaveDavesnave Forumite
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    Looks like foxglove to me too. It's not a plant that suffers much from slugs, but they might hide under it.
  • JanxxJanxx Forumite
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    Oh thank you so much. My neighbour did say here were some foxgloves in there somewhere. Will be lovely to see some flowering. This is an old garden and I keep finding new delights, apart from the numerous weeds.  
  • GrenageGrenage Forumite
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    Yup foxgloves; they're great at reseeding.  I never had any joy growing them from seeds as the slugs annihilated the young plants.  Always seem to do alright on their own.
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    DavesnaveDavesnave Forumite
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    edited 9 May 2020 at 9:34AM
    About 3 or 4 years ago, I collected squillions of foxglove seeds from all the varieties we had here, mixed them with damp sand and hurled the result into our sunny top hedge. Last year some of them flowered, but this year we have far more. I've done the same with lunaria....honesty....and so far I've seen one! It pays to be patient.
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    edited 10 May 2020 at 9:43PM
    Do bear in mind that all parts of the foxglove plant are toxic (as are many popular garden plants).  Not normally a problem, but could be if you have 'chewy' pets or children who like to explore with their hands, and then put their fingers in their mouths.

    Some time ago, I saw  a young child in a garden centre about to do just that with a monkshood flower (way more toxic than foxgloves) .  I stopped him, and advised his parents to wash his hands - to be smugly told 'not to worry, as garden centres are only allowed to sell non-poisonous plants'.

    And don't get me started on the adverts I keep seeing for oleander plants.  Eeek ! 


  • JanxxJanxx Forumite
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    Thank you all for your replies. If you don't mind I have a different question now. Can you tell if this is a Welsh Poppy? I googled the image and looks like it could be. Very pretty and have quite a few scattered around the garden.  
  • theoreticatheoretica Forumite
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    Looks like a welsh poppy to me, they are very enthusiastic about self seeding in my garden.
    But a banker, engaged at enormous expense,
    Had the whole of their cash in his care.
    Lewis Carroll
  • DavesnaveDavesnave Forumite
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    Yes, foliage is correct for a Welsh poppy. We have the orange, red and yellow ones, but pull up most yellows because they are dominant and would take over. One you have them, they normally stick around and they grow just about anywhere except dense shade.
  • SilvertabbySilvertabby Forumite
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    Yes, yellow Welsh poppy.  I hope you like them, because you'll never be rid of them !  
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