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Shoots - The Messengers


By AndrewR


We grow garden plants, mainly for their flowers or sometimes for their foliage. But have you looked closely at the first shoots in the spring garden? Here are some plants emerging after winter – see if you can tell what they are.

I’ll add the names in a few days’ time.

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do you want us to name them as in a quiz?
if so
1 hemerocallis
2 paeony rose
3 asphodeline
4 fennel
5 Pulsatilla
6 Dicentra spectabilis
7 Aconitum
8 looks like another dicentra like D. exima
9 Acanthus
10 Anemonella

some I am not 100% about and others I am as I have the same growth happening.
lovely photos.

6 Mar, 2011


I really love these pics Andrew. I did recognise a few of them (I think!) and the one after the ?Dicentra is bugging me, I know I know it, but can't retrieve it from my memory. Two are just guesses...

Bronze Fennel?

The last one is really intriguing! Can't wait to find out what they all are!

6 Mar, 2011


Steady on Seaburngirl, you'll put some of us to shame!
Lovely pictures though AndrewR---Magical seeing everything bursting back into life.

6 Mar, 2011


pulsillata???? fennel, peony, lily? not sure of rest but nice photos - thank you

6 Mar, 2011


I don't know the last one - I'd say Seaburn has got the rest about right, though. :-))

6 Mar, 2011


8 out of 10 for Seaburngirl.

No. 2 is paeonia tenuifolium which has very divided leaves and large, single red flowers
No. 4 is bronze fennel, not the green one
No. 8 and no. 10 are wrong

7 Mar, 2011


Oh good, I got five right then, that's not too bad!

7 Mar, 2011


is 8 an aruncus?
is 10 jeffersonia? I have something similar growing near the label for J diphylla. or is it a dwarf/alpine aquligia

7 Mar, 2011


Sbg - go to the top of the class.

No 8 is aruncus aethusifolius, a dwarf goats beard that gets no more than one foot high

No 10 is jeffersonia dubia growing in a trough. It will flower later this month or early April, depending on the weather

8 Mar, 2011


Ah, well I shall have to look them both up as I've never even heard of them! Thanks Andrew and Seaburngirl!

8 Mar, 2011


Enjoyed that only got 7 right though.....will have to try harder wont I?

8 Mar, 2011


DD - I reckon 7 out of 10 is worth a 'B' grade :-)

9 Mar, 2011


I am really pleased with my self :o)))

the jeffersonia diphilla is a weird little plant too. I really enjoyed this Andrew. thanks

9 Mar, 2011


I am quite happy to settle with a B thanks.

9 Mar, 2011


What a great picture quizz, thanks for that!

9 Mar, 2011

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