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Postby A Closet Canuck » May 23, 2008 6:02 pm

I bought three plants that had pink flowers and were called 'Silene' and 'catchfly.' I saw at the store today that Silene is an annual and heard on this list that Silene is biennial. Well, I'm on year three of these plants and, as you can see from the pic below, they are blooming their heads off. Any guess what this plant really is?

Thanks so much for your thoughts on this...
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Postby Catherine » May 23, 2008 6:39 pm

Looks like Catchfly to me but whatever it is - very pretty.
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Postby patty » May 23, 2008 6:44 pm

That shade of pink is beautiful, and looks a lot like my Lychnis German Catchfly. I have a photo on the other computer, for comparison if needed. Are the stems, just below the blooms sticky on your plant Trish? If so, then I'm very confident to say that's what it is.
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Postby A Closet Canuck » May 23, 2008 8:01 pm

patty wrote:That shade of pink is beautiful, and looks a lot like my Lychnis German Catchfly. I have a photo on the other computer, for comparison if needed. Are the stems, just below the blooms sticky on your plant Trish? If so, then I'm very confident to say that's what it is.


I'll check!
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Postby A Closet Canuck » May 23, 2008 9:14 pm

Well, patty, you were right as rain! The stems are sticky just below the blooms. So, catchfly it is.

Thanks so much.
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Postby patty » May 23, 2008 11:33 pm

The Closet Canuck wrote:Well, patty, you were right as rain! The stems are sticky just below the blooms. So, catchfly it is.

Thanks so much.


Thanks for updating us Trish! I don't see this plant in nurseries around here very much any more, which is such a shame. Your garden looks very interesting.....makes me want to see more. Hope you share more soon.
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Postby A Closet Canuck » May 24, 2008 9:36 am

[quote="pattyThanks for updating us Trish! I don't see this plant in nurseries around here very much any more, which is such a shame. Your garden looks very interesting.....makes me want to see more. Hope you share more soon.[/quote]

Sorry, patty, but my garden is closed for renovation. We are replacing the siding on the porch and then re-doing most of the beds.

The bed where the catchfly sits is the re-do that is the farthest along. The anchor plants are 'Morden Centennial' rose, which does wonderfully in somewhat drought-prone spot, and Russual sage (a cutting from a neighbor's plant that I grew on last year). Other plants include Hyssop officionalis, lavender (which I pruned back way too hard), silene, various herbs (tarragon, thyme, sage, etc.), and an as-yet-unchosen vine.

The lower level has minature roses, salvia, dianthus, 'Dover Beach' bearded iris, and 'Melody Gypsy' dahlias which I'm going to cut back for shorter fuller plants with more blooms.

The unveiling will be in 2009 or 2010. Or, maybe not at all, as I have no sense of design! LOL LOL LOL
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