I really must label more!

A useful low-growing perennial that tolerates shade, Lilyturf is a useful addition to the garden, although I can’t vouch for its attractiveness to invertebrates. I remember buying and planting it… but had to use a plant ID website to identify it.

(Big Blue) Lilyturf Liriope muscari

I don’t remember acquiring this plant and have had to look it up… I have to say it doesn’t look like a bamboo. It is attractive with new leaves being red that, as they age turn green.

Heavenly Bamboo Nandina domestica

That’s the trouble with not retaining labels. I was put off the idea from an experience over half a century ago. I helped my uncle create an alpine rockery in his garden. Every plant (some he collected in the Dolomites, Julian Alps etc) was labelled… as most of the plants were small the white wooden labels beside each made his rockery look like a terraced graveyard in miniature. But as I’ve lost track of many plants whose names were not committed to memory I’ve had to go on a quest to identify what grows in my garden.

I know one of the plants below is a teasel and the other a verbascum… but I won’t know until next year when they put up flower stems. 

I’m guessing the one below is Teasel as their are sharp spikes along the edge of the leaves.

This Herring Gull is looking nonchalantly over his shoulder in an attempt to make me believe he is disinterested… truth be told given my turned back he will be down terrorising the other birds into leaving so he can clean up.

Rant it out!
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