Thank you everyone, my mystery flower has been identified as Canterbury Bells.
In floriography, it represents gratitude, or faith and constancy.
The reason we didn’t see it last year from our box of mixed seed is because this biennial herbaceous plant forms rosettes of leaves in the first year, stems and flowers in the second one.
Apparently they can grow over 2 feet high and the corolla has five fused petals with lightly bent lobes (known as a coronate flower type).
The flowering period extends from May to July in the Northern Hemisphere. The flowers are either self-fertilized or pollinated by insects such as bees and butterflies. The seeds ripen from August to September and are dispersed by gravity alone.
The flowers have long-lasting blooms. These attractive bell-shaped flowers are short-stalked, large and bi-sexual with different shades of violet-blue or rarely white.
Ours is a white one! Photos below are mine.
Details extracted from Wiki (link)
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A lovely flower
Aren’t they just. Have just posted some photos of roses I took on one of our walks today.
I’m feeling a little sad right now cause It’s only the second summer I haven’t run a Garden Centre I ran for 11 years. Sorry…
Oh Jen, I am so sorry.
Its ok thanks. It comes and goes. Your flowers reminded me. I guess thats why my potential Runners are keeping me happy.
I wish I knew the flowers better,
You’ll learn quickly like I did. By reading books on flowers, their types, conditions they need, etc. I always had a good floral book at hand to answer my and my customer’s questions. You don’t need a college or UNI education to figure it out.
In fact by watching their behavior under certain conditions they’ll tell you. I learned to see if they were unhappy and adjusted things for them. If they were drooping I figured it was too much or too little water, for example.
You’ll be fine! Great in fact. IF YOU PAY ATTENTION. 😊
that’s the secret isn’t it, reading the signs. Last year was a dead loss because of the weather and we over watered, but from the top, not the roots. Had to prune our roses right back, but it’s paid off. Our soil is lousy too, being clay based so everything is very much trial and error. I couldn’t believe how fast the beans started climbing and we;ve got flowers already! That first bean off the vine is heaven…. so sweet and crisp. Nothing like it.
I used to say the any assistants I had “If you’re thirsty why not take a shower.” The looks I’d get were hysterical! The roots, for the most part, need the water, unless the plant leaves are already full of water (Like Aloe etc)
What I hated most was if I was away (Which wasn’t normal) some of the plants were drowned. That’s the other thing. Not many plants I know want to live in mud and just try squeezing water out of soil LOL Its usually too late by them for the plant. That’s why I underwater. But I watch carefully to be sure their OK.
OH Man I can’t wait to see my beans start sprouting!
Check the amount of nitrogen and I think is it Phosphorus? they need and maybe add some to your soil. Just a thought.
We’ve been using a compost and soil mix to bed in our plants and feeding the tomatoes. the greenhouse is all soil as Hubby has raised beds in there. It’s looking pretty amazing!
Wow! Congratulations!!! ***HUGE SMILES!!***
and welcome to my blog. Just seen your follow
Will they reseed themselves? I think they are perennial – yes??
according to Wiki, they are biennial so maybe we’ll have the next flowers in two years, However, they are bi-sexual plants so self pollinating, so I’m definitely hopeful!
Wow! What a beautiful flower! I imagine it is anyway! xo
It is beautiful Carol Anne. The trumpets are big with a frilly edge and long yellow stamens on the inside like someone sticking their tongue out.