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Leonplantaddict

Widowed,retired & addicted to plants,started getting green fingers over forty years ago! 💚😍 https://www.instagram.com/leonplantaddict/

Echium pininana syn. Echium pinnifolium

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Leonplantaddict

#echium #towerofjewels #echiumflowers #echiumtowerofjewels 😍

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Leonplantaddict

@thehardygardener it’s probably about 12-14’ tall,bottom half is a bit ugly but love the flowers & the constant sound of bees! 🐝

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thehardygardener

That's impressive, tall daisy's might hide the straggly bits

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Leonplantaddict

#echium #echiumtowerofjewels 💜

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suerichards

Wow 🤩

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Leonplantaddict

#echium #echiumtowerofjewels 💜

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Leonplantaddict

#echium #echiumtowerofjewels #towerofjewels #echiumpininana 💎

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solly1961

Impressive Leon, can just about see the top..

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Leonplantaddict

@solly1961 thanks Mark,it survived the strong winds this time,lost a few smaller flowering stems last time. It must be about 12ft or more now.....just hoping to find some seedlings later! 🌱

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solly1961

12ft, wow, even more impressed especially surving the last few days.

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Leonplantaddict

@solly1961 I’ve got it tied in a couple of places lower down,but the main stem is pretty strong. 🤞🏻

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sieveheadsarah

Do you still have this Leon? I’ve just been given one 🤨

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Leonplantaddict

@sieveheadsarah no I haven’t Sarah,had it for three years & it flowered for the first time last year……was expecting to find seedlings dotted around but nothing. I loved it,very spectacular! But it did take up a lot of room. 🤔

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sieveheadsarah

I’ve just been out in the back garden trying to work out where I’ll plant it 🤔🤨🤣 I’m thinking it may have to go in the front garden 🤔 oh what have I let myself in for?!?

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Leonplantaddict

@sieveheadsarah you’ve let yourself in for a very worthwhile experience,I’m sure you’ll love it once it flowers! 😁👍🏻

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sieveheadsarah

Do you think it would be happy in a large pot Leon or best in the ground?? @Leonplantaddict

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Leonplantaddict

@sieveheadsarah if it’s the same as the one I had,definitely needs to go in the ground,far too big for a pot Sarah. 🤔

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sieveheadsarah

Oh ok Leon, I’d better find a space for it, do I need to cover it for the winter?

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Leonplantaddict

#echium #echiumflowers #towerofjewels 💜

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Leonplantaddict

Yay flowers on my echium! Only took two years but worth the wait. #echium 💜

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jeatacake

That's quick! Nice one 👍

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Leonplantaddict

#echium #macro #closeup #hairy #westsussex 💚

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Leonplantaddict

My echium reaching for the Sky & branching out! Can’t wait for it to flower,in its third year & now over 10’ tall. #echium 😍

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Leonplantaddict

Well it’s grown tall & tatty,about 6ft,but no flowers!! #echium 😕🤔

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euphorbia

Hi Leon, I grew one a few years ago. It took 4 years to flower and spent three winters wrapped in fleece, it was very stressful! I said it wouldn't grow them again but have found a self seeded one this summer so here I go again!

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Leonplantaddict

@euphorbia Hi Jennifer,thanks for letting me know,wow four years! I thought it would flower in its second year,oh well I still look forward to it flowering even if it gets quite tatty! 😊👍🏻

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Leonplantaddict

Leaves are a bit rough but recovering well after a wood pigeon sat on the top! #echium ❤️

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jaynehynesburton

No respect 😂

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Leonplantaddict

@jaynehynesburton exactly! 😂🤣🙄

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Leonplantaddict

The promise of what’s to come! #echium 💙😍

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Leonplantaddict

Doesn’t look much now but at least it’s in the ground at last! Looking forward to seeing the tall spire of flowers one day! #echium #anticipation 💚

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jeatacake

2020 I reckon, but you'll have to protect it from severe frosts 👍

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Leonplantaddict

@jeatacake yes I reckoned on a couple of years,hoping I can get it through frosts,not too bad here usually. 👍🏻

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angelawilkin

I bought one a couple of years ago from Detling Garden show took a whole year to about 7 feet tall it’s meant to self seed like mad I never got another one..

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Leonplantaddict

Another exciting present today,doesn’t look much,but I’ve always wanted to grow one of these,with their spectacular spire of flowers! #echium #anticipation #excited ❤️😍👍🏻

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