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Plants and flowers you like/you’d like

leeCal
leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
As it’s summer I thought some pictures of flowers or plants we have or we’d like to have would be a nice topic, especially if we post pictures! Here are my Californian poppies, it grew where it landed by mistake unbeknownst to me in stones no less!

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  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,105

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    They're stunning @leeCal. Amazing colours.
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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,621 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2020
    Really nice, we have a few accidental flowers (I think they are called "rogue" flowers?) too and don't want to pull them up as they look nice!!

    Also we have a load of plants growing under the bird feeding table where the birds have knocked the seeds off the table and they have grown!!
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    @66Mustang I will take a couple of photos of some other flowers I have this year, like mimosa, but not until the rain stops. Have you got any pics you could share?

    Where the birds knock them off the table you can get some wild growth, I know. It amazes me how you can take a lot of effort to plant in compost and get thin results yet the birds just fling them anywhere and they grow easily! I have some Californian poppy seedlings which haven’t done well at all in compost, I think they need plain old dirt by the looks of things.
  • christian96
    christian96 Posts: 101 Member


    This is a photo of my pumpkin plant. 

  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Type your comment
    this is a flower bed I had last year, poppies, foxglove and Canterbury bells.
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2020
    @christian96 will it be ready by October?

    it would be great to see an update of the pumpkin as it grows!
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    christian96 Posts: 101 Member
  • Sunnyside60
    Sunnyside60 Member Posts: 22 Connected
    Hi all. I am so pleased to have seen this thread as I love my garden. I had a flower pot with spring bulbs But a few months ago something else started growing. I had no idea what they were but to my amazement the very first post is exactly what I have. So now I know what they are and they will self seed ready for next year without input from me. This picture is of my Gerbera after a rain shower. I took the picture because it was such a lovey bright colour. I’ll be keeping an eye on this thread and will post more pictures as the summer progresses.
  • Sunnyside60
    Sunnyside60 Member Posts: 22 Connected
    I’m not able to upload the picture but I’ll keep working on it.
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,565 Disability Gamechanger
    So pretty @serenity2! I love tulips. They can come in all sorts of colours too. :)
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  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Mimosa, come in many other colours too.
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    @Sunnyside60 the Californian poppies grow a long thin seed pod from where the flower was and when brown they split violently sending out the seeds in various directions. To prevent flowers seeding haphazardly I pick the pods when they first turn from green to light brown and put them in a plastic bag, then when they split I catch the seeds which allows me to plant them where I want them the following year.
  • Sunnyside60
    Sunnyside60 Member Posts: 22 Connected
    Great advice @leeCal. I’ll do the same. I’ve worked out how to upload my picture of the Gerbera.
  • Sunnyside60
    Sunnyside60 Member Posts: 22 Connected
    I love the mimosa plants! I can’t recall seeing them before but I’ll be looking for some seeds as they are gorgeous.
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    These are Cosmos but doubles! I call them cupcake cosmos but I don’t know what the real name of the variety is.
  • pollyanna1052
    pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 2,032 Disability Gamechanger
    Due to Covid, I have not been to the garden centre for my usual fuchsias this year. I am really missing them and put out some homemade bunting up in the garden instead. Yesterday I discovered 5 little pink heads appearing from last year`s bunch. I thought they were annuals.

    I also have last year`s rock garden I made to enjoy. But seeing flowers emerge is the best.
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2020
    Lots of these flowering at this time of the year, hydrangea of course.

  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    @Sunnyside60 I do apologise the plants I keep calling mimosa are actually Mimulus! Silly me sorry. Mimosa is a tree eg


  • kaiasparrow
    kaiasparrow Member Posts: 28 Courageous
    I love those poppies! I have some Icelandic poppies growing but they're only little seedlings at the moment. I have started growing some of my own food this year so I have a few tomato, beetroot, carrot, and lettuce plants going. I have some houseplants too, my favourite is my English ivy and my Saintpaulia/African Violet that I rescued from the garden centre bin for £1
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    I like African violets @kaiasparrow and a bargain at a pound! Perhaps you could upload a picture or two some time, people like to see flowers 💐 it brightens up the day. Of course real ones are best of all.
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Spike and his friends in the morning sun. Dahlias.

  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    What could be better than pelargoniums and lobelia in a hanging basket, this one survived last winter and grew really well this year!

  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,565 Disability Gamechanger
    Such a colourful thread!  <3
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  • serenity2
    serenity2 Member Posts: 206 Pioneering
    I just love Spanish flowers....maybe because they remind me of hot days in Spain.....

     :)
    Best Wishes
    serenity2 
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    @serenity2 What an unusual picture, lovely.
  • serenity2
    serenity2 Member Posts: 206 Pioneering
    yes @leeCal it’s fab ...I love it ! 😊
     :)
    Best Wishes
    serenity2 
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2020
    Geraniums, I don’t usually like geraniums much but these had such dark leaves and dark red  flowers that I couldn’t resist them.
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Lavender with flying bee! (Relative took the picture)

  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,565 Disability Gamechanger
    Stunning picture @leeCal! I love all the colours in it!
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  • serenity2
    serenity2 Member Posts: 206 Pioneering
    @leeCal Your photo reminded me of one a relative of mine took recently too, with a bee in it 😊

    I thought I’d share it 
     :)
    Best Wishes
    serenity2 
  • jindy0909
    jindy0909 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    edited July 2020
    Hi there
    meet my two Monstera or Swiss cheese plants.
    bought as 45cm plant from Tesco in 2017...
    ps...I’m not nude...I’m wearing flip flops🤪

    Love to travel to Greece 🇬🇷 love the culture and cuisine 🥘  & mythology 🦄 
    love to cook👨‍🍳 , I make a mean Indian chicken with rice & peas and a beautiful aromatic  🐓 biryani
    Winner winner I 💕 chicken 🐓 for dinner 
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,565 Disability Gamechanger
    At the weekend we've started a herb garden! Anyone else have one? :)
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  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2020
    Glad you’ve started a herb garden, good fun and practical too @Chloe_Scope
    i don’t grow herbs but I have these Gazania today.

  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,565 Disability Gamechanger
    The colour of those flowers is beautiful @leeCal!! Such a lovely contrast from the green leaves.
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  • RAwarrior
    RAwarrior Member Posts: 430 Pioneering
    @leeCal
    I have come across this thread. What beautiful flowers🌼
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 2,925

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    edited August 2020
    What a great thread!
    Here is my effort

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  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,005

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    edited August 2020
    Lovely thread, great pictures.

    I'm actually about to move into my first home and we have a bit of a garden out the front. What plants or flowers would you say are must haves? Any recommendations, it's all new to me :D 
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  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 2,925

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    Get some Lavender plants. Look nice and will help the bees out.
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  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2020
    @Ross_Scope It does depend on space available and wether your into pots, if you see what I mean, or tubs and how much maintenance you’re prepared to do. Also which direction the garden predominantly faces, south facing is hot usually and plants etc need watering at least in the evening once a day. 

    Eg, if you don’t like weeding you could use a large pot or two, very little weeding that way. If you like green in the winter then use small evergreens, ie low cover evergreens and keep them trimmed. It all depends also on how often you want to spend money on say flowers which may only flower one year and then die etc. 

    so which direction are you facing, some plants like shade you see, greenery in winter? Weeding or not so much? And I’m sure others will think of some more criteria, some plants don’t even need much watering. These are some things to think about when planning. 

    @Richard_Scope lavender also doesn’t need much watering at all if planted in the ground, if in a pot I’d give it a little every three days in really hot weather. I had several lavender bushes two feet high in a south facing garden and I never watered them at all!
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,005

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    edited August 2020
    @leeCal

    That's fantastic thanks for the advice.

    We are getting a southern facing house and we will be renting, so only planning to be there for two or three years before buying somewhere. 

    So if anything, we will get something that's suitable for a southern facing house that doesn't require much maintenance. 
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  • Cher_Inactive
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    edited August 2020
    Oooh I was just coming onto this thread to show some lavender love and I see it's already here!

    Lavender is so easy to maintain, even I have struggled to kill it, and when it grows you can snip some off and bring it in the house to help you get to sleep :)
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  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,565 Disability Gamechanger
    This week is National Allotment Week! I've put together some information about accessible gardening which you might be interested in. :)
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  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Even ivy can look very attractive, especially on a stone or brick wall

  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,658 Disability Gamechanger
    66Mustang said:
    Also we have a load of plants growing under the bird feeding table where the birds have knocked the seeds off the table and they have grown!!
    My Grandad cultivated a plant with pointed leaves and a certain scent that initially had grown rogue from bird seed...  Turns out bird seed often contains hemp!  :D


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    This really made me laugh @OverlyAnxious :D
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  • RAwarrior
    RAwarrior Member Posts: 430 Pioneering
    Hello everyone😁
    I really like Rose Campion as although they can take a while to grow once they are established they are hardy flowers which come back every year. They spread and I don’t find it difficult to collect the seeds so that I can plant them in other parts of the garden. They are really beautiful flowers.🌼
  • amsofly
    amsofly Member Posts: 29 Courageous
    Hello @leeCal, those flowers looks so cute. Keep the pics coming.
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    These are succulents but I don’t remember their name unfortunately 

  • RAwarrior
    RAwarrior Member Posts: 430 Pioneering
    @leeCal
    What beautiful photos you have posted🌼

    I don’t know the name of the succulent you have posted the photo of and I have tried to identify by looking online. There are lots of plant identification apps so perhaps you could take a photo of the plant and maybe identify it that way?
    I have an app so if I see a plant or flower that looks nice when I am out I take a photo of it so I know what to buy if I think it looks nice. Or even just to know the name of a flower I come across.
    Please let us know if you identify it as it’s a really beautiful plant🌺
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2020
    The name begins with a P @RAwarrior and ends with an S that’s all I can remember
    ill keep looking 🙂

    got it, portulaca pilosa aka kiss me quick!
  • RAwarrior
    RAwarrior Member Posts: 430 Pioneering
    @leeCal
    I have just found a website called World of Succulents.com however, there are lots of plants listed so it might take a while to identify it. I will also have a look next time I go to the garden centre to see if they have the plant.🌺
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2020
    @RAwarrior portulaca Pilosa aka kiss me quick!

    Thanks for your help though 🙂
  • RAwarrior
    RAwarrior Member Posts: 430 Pioneering
    @leeCal
    Could it be a Portulaca Pilosa? I have found a plant on the site by narrowing down the search but I am not sure.
  • RAwarrior
    RAwarrior Member Posts: 430 Pioneering
    @leeCal
    I think our posts have overlapped as I keep getting logged out and having to sign into this website so sometimes someone has replied to my post but I haven’t realised because I keep having to sign in😁

    You’re very welcome and I am glad I managed to identify the plant correctly. I thought it might be based on the above website as the flowers and leaves looked the same. I have bookmarked the website now as there’s lots of interesting information on there😁
  • RAwarrior
    RAwarrior Member Posts: 430 Pioneering
    @leeCal
    This conversation has also helped me to focus on things I enjoy such as gardening. I have also posted some information under @Chloe_Scope’s thread regarding allotments as I came across some really great allotment and gardening channels on YouTube. 
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 10,613 Disability Gamechanger
    @leeCal & @RAwarrior - it's great you indentified this succulent; it has to have the prettiest flowers I've seen. I normally grow perennials, with just a few annuals. After trying different heathers, & then ferns, which I have grown to love, I also tried a few succulents in the past couple of years. I would definitely like to try this Portulaca pilosa.
    @RAwarrior - I keep meaning to thank you for the YouTube gardening channels you've mentioned; something else I will look into. I find there's nothing much on the TV, so would rather watch something like this to help me as an amateur gardener. I grow all sorts of veg (& herbs) in raised beds & containers, & tomatoes (& a watermelon!) in my small greenhouse, but like having flowers as well. After reading, just being out in the garden is my main distraction technique.
    Thank you both. :)
  • RAwarrior
    RAwarrior Member Posts: 430 Pioneering
    @chiarieds
    You’re very welcome 😁
    I have found the YouTube gardening channels both relaxing to watch and very helpful. I have managed to get a lot of ideas from some of the allotment and Permaculture channels. I mentioned some of ideas I obtained from these channels under @Chloe_Scope’s Allotment post. Once you start looking on YouTube you will find there are so many of these channels to choose from. I have found lots of ideas especially about planting stuff that lasts or tips about how to take cuttings. I hope you find something useful. I did two Babuska Pots which I saw on Good Life Permaculture. What a great idea for growing cuttings😁.
     I really find gardening relaxing as I switch off from everything else. It’s really rewarding to see the plants grow.
    Many thanks for your lovely comments 🌼🌺
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,257 Disability Gamechanger
    You are very welcome @chiarieds 🙂

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