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jeatacake

St Helens (zone 9a) I grow flowers, fruit & veg in some great clay soil here. Prefer the exotic & unusual & to share tips, ideas, seeds etc.

Echium pininana syn. Echium pinnifolium

  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2017
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jeatacake

4 years of anticipation, love & care waiting for it to flower for the one & only time. Cosseted & mollycoddled & this is all I get from it! 😭

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vec

Better than mine Jeff. Winter destroyed it despite it being wrapped up 😭

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jeatacake

Sorry to here that Julie. I thing you had some prolonged colder spells there than up here. This & the other (which still hasn't flowered) were well wrapped up in fleece & bubble wrap until last month. They looked like a pair of Egyptian mummies! now both look like they've been in a fight! I think it needs to be a few degrees warmer in winter, or else you get scratty tatty things like mine 😕 @vec

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vec

Yours might perk up with a bit of heat, don't lose the faith yet. I've bought another one and it's going in the new border which is a bit more protected

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jeatacake

I won't give up just yet as I have at least another 20 plants ranging up to 3 years old. I'll do some experimenting with them over winter, ranging from being outside with no protection to full insulation outdoors, with some staying in the greenhouse. I also have lots of new self sown seedlings in the greenhouse, but thanks for the encouragement @vec 👍 😘

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juliesgarden

Bit like my wisteria I've had for years Jeff , no flowers after 6+ years , done everything , nope still none !!

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jeatacake

Oh you too Jules? I have one & no flowers after 4 years, but another which I have had for 3 years & a lot smaller, has flowered every year! @juliesgarden

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juliesgarden

Weird !!

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