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Plant ID please

(8 Posts)
Cherrytree59 Tue 11-Jun-19 16:33:56

Spotted at a our local farm (open day) ๐Ÿšœ

Jenty61 Tue 11-Jun-19 16:36:57

Cornflower?

EllanVannin Tue 11-Jun-19 16:49:23

No it's not a cornflower, but whatever it is it's beautiful.

MiniMoon Tue 11-Jun-19 16:58:32

Is it a variety of caryopteris? There are quite a few.

Grammaretto Tue 11-Jun-19 17:03:07

It's a phacelia. It's such an underrated plant. It's even grown as a green manure on our local farm.
I'm glad it's getting appreciated. A real cottage garden plant.

Gonegirl Tue 11-Jun-19 17:23:08

So, were they growing it as a green manure Cherrytree, or was it just in their garden?

Davidhs Tue 11-Jun-19 18:13:32

Phacelia, grown by farmers as part of a bee and pollen mix as part of one of the environmental enhancement schemes.

Cherrytree59 Tue 11-Jun-19 18:25:20

Thank you all.
Grammaretto I think you are right ๐Ÿ‘
Agree it a lovely plant, hopefully will get some seeds for next year.
It was growing all around farm.

I will ask about the green manure in our next visit.
The farm has gone back to large deep hedges with several feet of wild flowers on either of the hedges to encourage bees and others pollinators, so it quite likely that they could be using green manure.

Hopefully this time next year I will be posting a picture of several phacelia on our garden.

Btw it was my first attempt to post a picture.