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    NorthernTeacher
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    Hugely tall flower growing in my lane. Does anyone know it? Thanks.

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    #64342

    NorthernTeacher
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    Sorry – wrong pic posted first. This is the one I don’t know!

    #64343

    cilla
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    It is verbascum Jane, probably courtesy of the birds. We had one appear in the gravel one year.Compn name is mullein.

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    NorthernTeacher
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    I knew you’d know, Cilla! Merci :good:

    #64345

    Owdboggy
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    Food plant of the now rather rare Mullein moth. We used to grow it just for them, Mind they do leave the plant looking rather worse for wear as the caterpillars eat their way through the leaves.

    #64346

    gertie
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    They grow like giants, around the Pres Garden and I adore them! :lol: :rose:

    #64347

    NorthernTeacher
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    Thanks for that bit of knowledge, Eric. I’ve just looked up the moth and found this useful article, which I will also post in the Wildlife group.
    Why gardeners should protect caterpillars

    #64381

    Yewbarrow
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    got 3 growing in the garden at the moment, one has had its leaves shredded but didn’t find the caterpilla – they are quite a lovely looking one, bright green and yellow

    #64527

    gertie
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    I have had a caterpillar resting on a rhubarb leaf! :rose:

    #64528

    gertie
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    have had a caterpillar resting on a rhubarb leaf! here it is

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    NorthernTeacher
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    What size is this, Anne?

    #64532

    gertie
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    It’s about 26 millimetres long now Jane; and it has moved its position and pooped again since first thing this morning; so I know that it’s still alive and has managed the indignity of my picking it up before replacing it on the leaf two days ago!!

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