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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Epipactis

03 May 2011 17:36:56
? & Epipactis palustris

? & Epipactis palustris

Here come my Epipactis palustris at long last. It is the little thing on the right of the photo. Epipactis are tiny hardy orchids.

For a long time I thought the thing on the left was my Epipactis and carefully weeded around it but now I see the actual Epipactis springing up in different places, where they were sown, and looked up their foliage appearance so I know the thing on the left isn't them.

So what on earth is the thing on the left? I knew it had to be something good because the slugs were very interested in it. I have fussy slugs in my garden. They only eat the good stuff :)

The only other plant that I sowed here and hasn't shown its face is Trillium grandiflorum. But that is not a Trillium. Any thoughts?


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Krista Krista 03 May 2011 19:00:23

Ground elder? Sorry:(


fran m fran m 03 May 2011 19:18:23

Had posted a comment, deleted it when I saw Krista's comment. That's it ;-(


Myrtle Myrtle 03 May 2011 20:48:46

looks like it might be:( make sure you get every last bit of it if it is!


Rachel Rachel 03 May 2011 21:07:20

Oops, I think you're right. It hasn't spread since it popped up last autumn though. I'll take it up tomorrow.


Rachel Rachel 03 May 2011 21:09:56

You know, I think it came with the Epipactis. I had no sooner sown them than this popped up. Getting scared now, having read about it.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 03 May 2011 22:07:51

Lovely photos for May, hope you have no problems with re occuring ground elder.


Rachel Rachel 03 May 2011 23:08:22

Does anyone have experience of ground elder? Is it possible for it to have appeared in one small patch like that last autumn and not to have spread at all since then?


ladygardener ladygardener 04 May 2011 15:12:41

Scrubber seemed to be wrestling with a ground elder problem perhaps if you look back on his journals?


sallysarah sallysarah 04 May 2011 17:04:50

Great photos Rachel - love the tree peony ones. 


Rachel Rachel 04 May 2011 20:13:26

Thanks Anne and Sally. I dealt with it today. Hopefully that's the end of it.

Still waiting for that tree peony to open fully, Sally, so I can do a journal.


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