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  • #60052

    gertie
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    Please could someone identify this wild flower seen today, September 15th. :rose:

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    #60054

    Walt
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    Himalayan Balsam.

    #60067

    mick1970
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    Are they the ones what you don’t want in your garden Walt, am sure I read they’re very invasive

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    Walt
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    That is correct Mick :good:

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    gertie
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    Thank you both :love: :love:
    We saw it on a Country Park walk this morning and wondered what it was. Thankfully I won’t have it in the garden ;-) :rose:

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    Allan
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    When you touch the ripe seed pods they explode and scatter the seeds over a fair distance,

    #60071

    Beanstew
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    I left home for points south in 1964 and returned in 1971, to find that the whole of our peninsula had been colonised by this plant. It looks very pretty, but it’s an absolute menace, much beloved (and abetted) by children who enjoy popping the seed heads to see how far the seeds will travel.

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    gertie
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    :giggle: Trust us to find such a treasure/menace :lol: :rose:

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    Allan
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    It’s a boon to the bee keepers, It’s the last big pollen feed that bees collect at the end of the season,while there’s no other plants for them too collect off.You will often see bees covered in pollen rising off the balsam.

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    gertie
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    There! That’s interesting Allan, :good: must say we thought it very pretty and I love flowers that self seed and mass … I love bees too … I wonder? ….. :rose:

    #60143

    Walt
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    This may help you to decide :dunno:
    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=480

    #60144

    gertie
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    Crumbs! I think I’ll leave it as a distant memory then Walt ;-) Thank you for the link :good: :rose:

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    #60299

    Yewbarrow
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    the good old victorians brought it to this country and I have always known it as it grew on the banks of the River Mole in Surrey, but it had not escaped to the extent it has today

    #60300

    gertie
    Participant

    We saw another area of the same park this morning Jenny, that had a long bank full of the stuff :lol: …it had not yet been curtailed by Stinging Nettles :lol: :rose:

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