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ButteryHOLsomeness



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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 05 4:58 pm    Post subject: Help with plant ID please  Reply with quote    

well, i managed to get my camera charged and working, got some great photo's of the castle whilst i was in the city centre today and after i came home and saw how well those turned out i was feeling enthusiastic with taking some plant photos' so i'll try to attach them here for your id, hopefully!


this one is actually a darker purple than the photo
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is this primrose?
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hils



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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 05 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The bottom one looks like alpine strawberry- grows like mad near me. Loads of mini strawberries for free!

ButteryHOLsomeness



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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 05 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

a few more




and


very pretty and abundant here


these are so delicate and the most amazing indigo colour





and finally



ButteryHOLsomeness



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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 05 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hils wrote:
The bottom one looks like alpine strawberry- grows like mad near me. Loads of mini strawberries for free!


oh yes, i thought it looked familiar... maybe that's it...wouldn't be bad if it were

hils



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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 05 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The purple one is really familiar I've got loads of it at the allotment. Is a pretty weed to me - pulls up easily as well!

I'm really rubbish at this sort of thing - apart form mini strawbs!

ButteryHOLsomeness



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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 05 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i'm wanting to take more photo's but the camera needs recharging and i can't find the docking station (it's my husbands fault, he moved it and didn't tell me where!)

tomorrow i may go to arthurs seat and take some more photo's

Bugs



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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 05 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The purple plant is honesty (allegedly it will only grow in your garden if you are honest so if you take some of the seed heads home and throw them in your garden and they don't come up, you should take a long hard look and get thee off to confession! ). It's a lovely, lovely plant...some people buy the seed heads (monnaie du pape in French I think?) for a decoration.

The small blue flowers are an alkanet, if you look here there's a conversation about it...but I think yours is a different type to the one in this picture. That's all I know about it.

Not sure about the green leaves..they could be currants of some type?

nettie



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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 05 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would agree with the above, honesty, green alkanet, alpine strawberry and a currant of some kind. Were there any tiny flowers on the last one, tucked under the leaves??

The seed heads of honesty are lovely in dried flower arrangements - they look like the skins of tiny tambourines

cab



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 05 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The only thing I've got to add to this (I agree with the ID's on the top three) is that the green leafy one might be guelder rose. If you can find flowers or fruit on it then it would be easier to ID.

ButteryHOLsomeness



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 05 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ah now about the alkanet...is the poisonous kind or the non poisonous? (opening a can of worms here )

i don't think the last one is currants. they were cut back all the way to the ground this winter and that's how much they've come up over the last few months (they're about 3 feet tall now) maybe it's the rose cab mentioned.

these are from the communal garden and i think i'd have noticed currants last summer! there aren't any flowers on it yet but i'll keep you posted on it

i'll have to get a pic of the quince tree, it's barely flowering right now though

i'm certain i found a lot of chickweed too so i'll try to get some of that photographed. is it still tasty this time of year?

cab



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 05 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ButteryHOLsomeness wrote:
ah now about the alkanet...is the poisonous kind or the non poisonous? (opening a can of worms here )


Evergreen alkanet. It's poisonous.

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i don't think the last one is currants. they were cut back all the way to the ground this winter and that's how much they've come up over the last few months (they're about 3 feet tall now) maybe it's the rose cab mentioned.


It might be a guelder rose, have a look for pictures of Viburnum opulus. But from the way ot was pruned and came back I rather doubt that possible ID now.

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i'm certain i found a lot of chickweed too so i'll try to get some of that photographed. is it still tasty this time of year?


One way to find out

I should imagine that it'll be good and tasty. The stuff we just had in a salad was really nice.

ButteryHOLsomeness



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 05 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've got a photo of what i think is chickweed here



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anyone know what this is

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another photo of honesty and blue alkanet, so lovely

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i've added quite a few photos of various things, several of the communal garden and the walk down my street if anyone is interested in looking

http://photobucket.com/albums/y208/InGraphicDetail/

Bugs



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 05 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I should think the middle one is a geranium family, but whether a wild one (tumty tum, names escape me, in your books look at cranesbill and herb robert or am I making that last up?), or an escapee..we have lots of geraniums in the garden, some deliberate, some leftovers, and all very pretty but not edible.

I don't know about the first one - it doesn't look like what I thought was chickweed, but I think I might be about to learn some thing!

ButteryHOLsomeness



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 05 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i was thinking the second one might be geranium as well... the gardens here are very mature so they may have been planted intentionally once upon a time and have since self seeded, alot!

there's a whole blanket of what i think is chickweed down the road from the house where i took this photo, it looks like the ground needs a good shave it's so matted with it! i think it may be my first truly wild forage (rowan berries are too easy to spot, they don't count!)

ButteryHOLsomeness



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 05 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ok one more and that's it for tonight. i doubt it's edible but it's so gorgeous i'd like to know what it is so i can buy some for my mil's garden as a gift


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if you needed a larger shot click on my link and have a nosey through my photo's... if you click on the image you want to see you'll get a decent sized photo to look at

http://photobucket.com/albums/y208/InGraphicDetail/

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