Stumbling across this beautiful delicate flower in bed No.3 (left) I had to send photos of it to various people to find out its identity. Sadly, this is common behaviour - I seem to have a propensity to introduce lots of plants and seedlings and then immediately forget what they are. As Paul and I do our regular 'surveying the grounds' wanderings the conversation goes like this:
Paul: "So, what's that yellow bushy flower? Me: "Hmmm...no idea. Could be a Gerbera... I know that Paul L gave me some..." Paul: "And what about that big purple one?" Me: "oh yes - I know this one... it's Echinancea. Yep, definitely. [pause]. Well, actually it might be scabiosa, or possibly an aster, or cosmos..." Paul: "Oh OK. What about the pink-and-cream delicate looking one?" Me: "Absolutely no idea. Let's move on now...."
It also seems that despite writing up labels for seedlings, something completely different appears. Currently in greenhouse No.2 there are a few plants that are identified as 'hot habanero peppers' but they all look completely different to each other! So, I will just have to wait and see.what happens.
Why is it that I continually seem to think that I will also remember that, for example, all those pink pots contain ... zinnia... or are they Rudbeckia? or maybe Salvia...? Absolutely useless - and I never learn!!
I managed to reduce my 72 tomato plants to approximately 25, but there are now 20 red Marconi peppers enthusiastically guzzling water by the can-load. It seems that it is best to keep them well-watered but not to let the roots get too wet, or to sit in damp conditions. Really - how can you tell - I can't see through soil!? It's a minefield out there!
However, I can reassure you that my home-grown-and-from-my-own-seed delphiniums , hollyhocks and lupins are (or have been) bloomin' marvellous! AND I can identify these very easily!!
Oh - I have just realised I need to identify the mysterious bloom: this is an Aquilegia. It is an herbaceous perennial and also known as common columbine or Granny's Bonnets.
According to the RHS:
"Aquilegia vulgaris, the wild species, is usually blue, with nodding "bonnets", but many purple, mauve, pink and white colour variants have developed in gardens during its long history in cultivation".