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Flatstanley69 Wed 06-Jul-16 19:01:44

Can anyone tell me what this plant is?
Thank you

Fluffy24 Wed 06-Jul-16 19:03:50

A delphinium?

Flatstanley69 Wed 06-Jul-16 19:04:56

I've been cutting them down thought it was a foxglove blush

PaintedDrivesAndPolishedGrass Wed 06-Jul-16 19:08:08

That is indeed a Delphinium.

Flatstanley69 Wed 06-Jul-16 19:11:35

Oh dear, I've been destroying them after reading about foxgloves and how they can poison.

Fluffy24 Wed 06-Jul-16 19:14:40

I've got a whole tray of foxglove seedlings ready to plant out - I'm vaguely aware of the digitalis thing but didn't think it was too dangerous unless we actually eat themsmile. I wish my delphiniums were as well progressed as that though!

Theorchard Wed 06-Jul-16 19:17:42

It's a hollyhock not a delphinium.

Fluffy24 Wed 06-Jul-16 19:19:50


EvansOvalPies Wed 06-Jul-16 19:23:32

I thought it looked like a Hollyhock too. I am not great at growing them, although I've tried a few times. Also, I keep planting Foxgloves, and they never come back the following year. Good for the insects. Don't know what I'm doing wrong.

Theorchard Wed 06-Jul-16 19:28:18

Well all three are beautiful! grin

Theorchard Wed 06-Jul-16 19:29:50

Foxgloves are usually biennials, so they flower in the second year. Are yours not growing at all or not flowering evans?

Flatstanley69 Wed 06-Jul-16 19:29:51

We moved in last year so are seeing lots of new things in the garden which is lovely but I have no idea what anything is confused

steppemum Wed 06-Jul-16 19:30:18


foxgloves are lovely but very very poisonous. I had no idea how much until a mn posted about her daughter. Aged 2 she had chewed a foxglove leaf when out and about. They only realised because she was sick and there were green leaf bits in the sick. The mn knew foxglove was poisonous, so took her to A&E. Initially she seemed ok, the A&E knew nothing about foxgloves. The mn insisted. They looked up and found an antidote, and gave it. But the condition of her dd got worse and worse. They were taken to big hospital and she was in intensive care for a week, they were lucky she survived, and if she hadn't known foxglove was poisonnous and taken her to A&E and got that initial antidote, she would have died. It took several months for her heart to return to normal.

I had no idea they were so toxic, just from eating one leaf.

Theorchard Wed 06-Jul-16 19:31:22

I am still on a voyage of discovery with mine, it is one of the loveliest things about gardening, you can't rush it. Just keep everything tidy and see what pops up!

pengymum Wed 06-Jul-16 19:34:39

Definitely hollyhocks. Keep the seed heads when flowers have died & dried out. Plant next year for loads more! 😄

EvansOvalPies Wed 06-Jul-16 19:36:29

They were gorgeous last year TheOrchard. Bought as established plants, and flowered most beautifully. This year - absolutely nothing. I didn't expect them to flower again until next year, but not even the leaves have made an appearance this year. I even planted them in a different spot last year, as previous places have been so unsuccessful.

Flatstanley69 Wed 06-Jul-16 20:40:08

I remember that too steppe - that's why I cut them all down.

MrsBertBibby Wed 06-Jul-16 23:06:23

I thought biennials only lasted 2 years?

dolkapots Thu 07-Jul-16 11:34:20

I had beautiful foxgloves in a pot and at the end of the season (when they were still in flower) I planted them in what was going to be the foxglove corner. Three days later they had completely disappeared! Something must have eaten them.

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