Forget-me-not look-a-likes !

21 May

My garden is overflowing with little blue flowers at the moment

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Some are good old fashioned forget-me-nots – Myosotis

I have , perhaps unwisely, let these seed freely round my garden. But I do love the way they fill in all the gaps. They spread into the gravel but I do keep them under control here by using weed killer to just allow a narrow edge in front of my beds. Then once they go over, it’s a quick job to pull them out and inevitably they will have seeded themselves all over again.

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Also self seeded liberally, is Anchusa officinalis, also known as common bugloss or alkanet.

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This one I don’t love ! I really need to take it in hand. It is a thug of a plant and once rooted is tricky to remove. It’s stems and leaves are covered in thousands of prickly hairs and it’s roots go so deep. The best way to get rid if it , I have found, is to crush all the leaves and stems and then to spray with glysophate. The sapphire bright flowers are beautiful but it’s not worth the risk !

The perennial flower I do love is Brunnera maccrophylla – common name Siberian Bugloss.

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This perennial has medium sized round leaves that emerge in spring, followed by delicate blue flowers on wiry stems that hover above the leaves. The flowers are long lasting and the leaves stay looking good all summer.

The variety in the photo is Jack Frost with beautiful white veined leaves. It’s very happy in fairly dry shade once established.

So back to the battle against the Anchusa – may the best man win !

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2 Responses to “Forget-me-not look-a-likes !”

  1. Penny Padovani May 21, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

    Beautiful Emma, I do love blue, and my garden is the same at the moment, forget me nots have just about finished now, but as you say they are great fillers-in.
    Went to my nursery in Umbria today, run by a lady and her two daughters. Got some wonderful stuff, lots of things that normally you can’t find in the average garden centre out here, which are just full of Petunias and Geraniums. Will send you a photo. Have just got on to Instagram but not sure how to put photos on it!

    • Emma Webber May 21, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

      Get some photos onto Instagram then we can all admire them ! Been so cold here since we got back from Scotland ! X

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