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Only one question to answer … can you identify what is in the photo below?

We went to RHS Wisley Plant Fair today and these caught my attention.

Obviously I know the answer …

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Some sort of air plant?
Danglyhorror arachnifolia?

6 Sep, 2016

 

LOL Sue! Not the right answer but a hilarious one. :o)))

6 Sep, 2016

 

I'll send you a PM incase I spoil it (I don't know if it's right though lol)

6 Sep, 2016

 

Read it and replied, Hywel. Gave you a clue as well :o)

6 Sep, 2016

 

They look like the roots of Eremurus!! or possibly asparagus!!

6 Sep, 2016

 

At first I thought Asparagus, but after Shirley's clue I got it right - it's Eremurus Foxtail Lily. A beautiful flower and I wish I had room for one in my garden :D

What did you buy in the plant fair Shirley ? Did you buy one of these ? :)

7 Sep, 2016

 

Well done Hywel, Dotty and (by PM) Andrewr ... it was a really eye-catching way to display the roots of the Foxtail Lily (Eremurus).

Hywel, I bought a Dryopteris Fern and a Pelargonium sidoides, also a solar powered wind spinner as a gift for our daughter's birthday next week. Photos on here later!

7 Sep, 2016

 

Yikes . . . love Stera's answer!

7 Sep, 2016

 

Brilliant isn't it Sheila? I cropped the photo to avoid showing the labels for Foxtail Lily, also the many baskets of the scary-looking roots!

7 Sep, 2016

 

Eremerus...foxtail lily??

7 Sep, 2016

 

Exactly right, Paul, well done!

7 Sep, 2016

 

Edward Lear's Complete book of Nonsense has a whole lot of similar silly plant names with pictures - if you like my effort have a look for his next time you're in the library. An eg: A tall slender stem with little people hanging from it by their feet? Manypeeplia Upsidownia - and another slender stem with tiny leaves and small watchfaces for flowers: Tickia Orologica

7 Sep, 2016

 

I didn't look at the previous comments Shirley...honest but I have one which I planted this year in the front garden. I had brought it in a pot after digging it up form the old garden pls, of course I'd planted it and another at the other garden 12 yea ago so I've seen a bit of them. The roots are usually yellowish. If the soil scraped off.

7 Sep, 2016

 

Hi Shirley, yes it is the foxtail lily. I was at Wisley also yesterday. What a shame our paths didn't cross ! We could have had a coffee together. What a lovely show it was. I got tempted on Vicky's stall and bought three.

7 Sep, 2016

 

Thanks Sue ... I shall look out for it.

Paul, I had no idea what they were. Good luck with yours :o)

Sylvia, I wish I had known you were going to Wisley, as you say, we could have met up for coffee and a chat.

We arrived just before 10am, so not too busy, I didn't think Vicky was there as Plantagogo wasn't mentioned in the guide. Perhaps you bought from Heucheraholics, I did see their stand, the one with a blue & yellow windmill.

When we left there were about fifteen coaches in the car park, that explains the crowds as the day went on! We really enjoyed the show, and I was very restrained and only bought 2 plants. :o)

7 Sep, 2016

 

I went on a coach from the village arriving 10.30. Vicky wasn't there but her husband was, he said Vicky was at some meetings, their stand was in the main area, I did see heucheraholics too.

7 Sep, 2016

 

Just Googled these Shirley, aren't they gorgeous and you'd never believe something so lovely could come from from something so ugly would you?

7 Sep, 2016

 

Shame I missed their display ... I thought the plant fair was brilliant this year ... better than last year!

Waddy, they look more like something to be binned than planted! I saw Foxtail Lilies somewhere on the Isle of Wight years ago, a stunning sight. :o)

7 Sep, 2016

 

LOL, gave me the creeps Shirley, I knew it was a lily of some sort as I have seen them before and thought how horrible they look, not even sure that I could actually plant one, my back is crawling just picturing them in my mind, proper wuss when it comes to anything that looks even the slightest bit like a spider....

7 Sep, 2016

 

I actually stepped back from the display ... they looked far too much like living things!

I was waving my arms around like mad today when I went in the Greenhouse ... spider webs strung across from one side to the other ... hate them :o(

7 Sep, 2016

 

Not easy to grow Eremurus, we did well a few years back, then nothing at all, so disappointing, the orange ones were very dramatic....

7 Sep, 2016

 

Foxtail lily..bought many's the root that did not grow in my garden!!

7 Sep, 2016

 

Yes, they are a little tricky to grow and to get to flower. They don't like disturbance which will explain why mine didn't flower this year in the ground or in the pot last year. I will persevere one more year but if no flower next year it may have to give way to something more reliable. It flowered every year at the other garden but wax never moved.

8 Sep, 2016

 

Foxtail lilies. I bought a couple more at Hampton Court flower show. They do look like giant spiders.

8 Sep, 2016

 

Harry Potter screaming mandrakes crossed with Aragog the giant spider ......eek ?

8 Sep, 2016

 

Thanks all. Oh Pam, what an image that conjures up, eek indeed!

8 Sep, 2016

 

Oh Shirley loved this, reminds me of Goys early days ?

9 Sep, 2016

 

Yes Pam, I know just what you mean, when threads went off topic forever!

9 Sep, 2016

 

And ever.....so much fun....and burnt dinners ?

11 Sep, 2016

 

Just returned to this page, LOL.
I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and remember having to be scraped off the ceiling at the cinema when that flipping spider appeared, frightened me half to death, I wasn't the only one either some people laughed at my reaction but a chappie sitting behind me also had a blue fit, thanks for the reminder Pam, its now in my head..
Shirley I know exactly what you mean, I love to see the webs when covered in morning dew and used to collect them on a curved twig on the way to school when I was a kid, always looking first in case the resident was around, walking into one puts me in a flat spin, I've now reached the stomping stage when going into my shed and I have my handy cane just inside the doors on both g'houses and you do not want to see me if a moth or daddylonglegs comes anywhere near me....

11 Sep, 2016

 

Sorry Lincs ?

11 Sep, 2016

 

Sue, I can't bear Daddy-long-legs when they have flown into the house. They seem to just appear silently .....

13 Sep, 2016

 

So many legs ?

If they stay outside thats ok, not indoors.....lots of conkers this year on the horse chestnut, maybe little piles in the corners of the room would work?....

13 Sep, 2016

 

Oh definitely Pam. We have Conkers in the corners of the sitting room, dare I say no Spiders in our house for some time. You just know there will be now ... :o(

13 Sep, 2016

 

I planted some of these in the garden 4 years ago, never seen them since!!! Must have walked next door...I see they have some now....
I had to wash my hair twice within an hour this morning after I walked into a web across the greenhouse door. I went all windmill arms as I heard the crackling. I swear I could feel something in my hair but T said I was imagining it. Ugh!

13 Sep, 2016

 

Pam, I opened the GH up this morning and there was a movement. You've guessed, a big garden spider was in there, near the ground, so I braved it (pathetic) and, with a trowel, moved it into a bucket, then ran down the garden to tip it out!

Hb, that's so funny! Yours have migrated over to next door.

I feel for you, cannot abide anything moving in my hair. :o((

14 Sep, 2016

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