ID this flower please

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ID this flower please
« on: January 19, 2023, 16:05 »
Hi again,
Got these growing now (see pics) in my flower plot down the allotment, I seem to remember them having a single tall stalk with a flower(s), but I could be totally wrong on that one ! Seems to be a lot of babies around, well the leaves look similar anyway  :) Can't remember if I planted them last year, or they've grown on their own. Not sure whether to keep or discard, I've been tidying the plot and decided to ask before removal. Aim of flower plot is to attract insects, bees etc.
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Re: ID this flower please
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2023, 17:36 »
Primulas. Often look tatty about now if you've had them a few years. Feed them, muclh with new compost. They might do better if you actually move them to a new tub with new compost. Have had some on my plot for about twelve years. They've been taken out of their containers and the soil improved a few times, get themselves going in later spring and to me are a cheap "crop". They are colourful and attract bees and such.
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2023, 18:50 »
The first picture looks like it could be a primula.  The second ones looks like verbascum to me and that does have tall stalks of flowers.  If it is the wild one (also known as Mullien), it will have yellow flowers and does self seed.  The garden ones come in various colours and donít tend to self seed that easily.

The third one looks like a foxglove - that could have seeded in from somewhere else.  The leaves are similar, so you could have imposters, rather than the babies of your original flowers  :)

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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2023, 20:47 »
I was also going to say that the last one is foxglove
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2023, 16:38 »
Thanks for the helpful replies everyone. So should definitely keep as part of my little flower plot then?
I've got gladioli and some other bulbs to go in come spring, so I've got rid of the tiny babies of whatever they are, to make room  :)

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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2023, 18:27 »
They are all good bee plants and are pretty.  If you donít mind the self seeding, then yes they are worth keeping  :)



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