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Self-seeded verbascum


Self-seeded verbascum

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I've never had a verbascum which self seeds. Aren't you lucky. do you know which one it is?

9 May, 2012

 

I'm not sure - I always thought it might be verbascum bombyciferum (love that name!) because it seems bombyciferous!! It is a biennial, and has been slowly but surely growing since last spring. Strangely, although I keep trying, I don't seem able to keep the perennials going. They do really well the first year, and then disappear. But I keep buying them and think of them as annuals because I love them so much.

10 May, 2012

 

Thats strange Mel as perrenials are usually the most reliable and easiest plants to grow. Do you cut them all down in the Autumn. I often leave some for seed heads for the birds.

10 May, 2012

 

I leave nearly all the perennials until the spring, the garden is pretty untidy over winter, but I guess that's why I get so many self-seeders. I believe verbascums really prefer a limey soil, and mine is neutral to acid. Maybe that's why. And yet I get the occasional self-seeded one. Yet another gardening mystery!

11 May, 2012

 

Is it vegetable or a flower?

19 May, 2012

 

It's a flower, though it doesn't look much like one at the moment! It has a strong, single spike, and acid yellow flowers that grow not unlike foxglove. It lasts for ages. I shall post a picture when it starts flowering --it is currently growing steadily! The first time I found one I thought it was quite extraordinary. As I said, it was a self-seeder and I had no idea what it was. I am so glad I just left it. As it's a biennial, the first year it's just a large rosette that grows bigger and bigger!

19 May, 2012

 

I set seed of these last year and put them in the borders. I had no idea at the time just how big the leaves and flower spike would become!!! Had to move some to the top of the garden because they were covering all the smaller plants. When they started flowering I fell in love with them. I have noticed a couple of babies comming up at the side of two of them. I do hope they come every year now.

10 Aug, 2012

 

I always get just one - probably just as well!

10 Aug, 2012

 

I see. Please, send the photo once it starts to bloom.

10 Aug, 2012

 

Katarina - have a look at the third picture on my blog "Early August 2012". You probably didn't recognise it!!!

10 Aug, 2012



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