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  • -taff
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    Went to Jekka's herb farm today..what a glorious day, it was dull and grey here but by the time I got there, insane sunshine..I may have bought too many seeds but only four pants. A szechuan pepper, cypriot sage, hot and spicy oregano and corsican santolina...Seeds include caraway, sweet cicely, purple artichoke, and some other stuff that's hard to get hold of...I also had an expensive ice cream and cup of tea but totally worth it. There was a talk by a herbalist and by jekka herself. I thought it well worth the 5 quid entry price.

    @YBE - open in a new tab for bigger pic, its the first row of stuff an row next to the radishes and lettuce. Yes, I have dismally failed to poke out the lettuce so far...Tomorrow seems like a good day to do it :)

    Shampoo? No thanks, I'll have real poo...
  • Farway, you've reminded me, I've got two mystery plants growing in the strip down the side of the front path. Any help with an ID?

    The first I thought was a lavender, but it's now nearly 3ft tall and no scent to the leaves when crushed so no idea. Only the one stem.



    Your first one is Linaria purpurea or Purple Toadflax. The pink, more desired version has a varietal name of 'Canon Went.' It seeds pretty true if the purple one isn't around. I have it and whip out any purple ones I see.
    The second plant does look like a Bee Orchid. Bee nice if it is!


    I know you're usually right on plant matters Dusty (if not everything else D ), but is it possible the purple one is a Salvia - something like Amistad - rather than a toadflax? - looking at the calyces?
  • ArbitraryRandom
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    I think it looks more like the toadflax in that the leaves are the same kind of needles as lavender leaves. 

    But looking at pictures online, what I've got has much more of a blue hue to the leaves/stem than I can see. I don't know if that's an environmental or age thing? 
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  • Dustyevsky
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    I think it looks more like the toadflax in that the leaves are the same kind of needles as lavender leaves. 

    But looking at pictures online, what I've got has much more of a blue hue to the leaves/stem than I can see. I don't know if that's an environmental or age thing? 
    Yes, couldn't see much of the leaves, but being needle-like, it isn't a Salvia. I agree about the colour, but that may be a flexible thing in the age of digital photography! If it is the shade I'm seeing (and how do we know exactly what others see?) it's worth keeping and picturing some more.
    The bog-standard purple toadflax  is a nice enough plant too, I only remove it to keep my pink ones. We also have the Common Toadflax, Linaria vulgaris in the hedgerows here.

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  • YoungBlueEyes
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    Arb I don't know if mine are climbers or bush. Either the label didn't say, it did say and I've forgot. Might be climbers cos they're quite tall. Your grandad's idea sounds good though :smiley: (except the cat bit).

    That sounds like a good day out taff. Jeez you've a spicy palate! I don't know about your pic, I only asked for one so a smart person could identify... but yeah get those lettuces picked out. Does all look healthy though :) 

    Sun's out here and it's cool and lovely. Still got the breeze but that's a good thing cos otherwise I'd be melted.

    Question - does anyone have/what do people think of B+Q garden furniture? I saw an ad last night they've 20% off but if it's dross it's not worth it. What would you recommend?
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  • I think it looks more like the toadflax in that the leaves are the same kind of needles as lavender leaves. 

    But looking at pictures online, what I've got has much more of a blue hue to the leaves/stem than I can see. I don't know if that's an environmental or age thing? 
      :o I can't see any leaves...even right-clicking and enlarging image ... puzzled emoji (which we don't seem to have!). But having zoomed in and looked closer I agree - the calyces are actually more toadflax-like than on first glance, and there's a spur...embarrassed emoji (we don't have that either...)
  • YoungBlueEyes
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    Anyway, seems like you're good to get cracked on Dusty, or can start to prepare to get cracked on :party: :applause: :winner:  Start gathering them shekels ha haa!
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