Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Calling all horticulturalists....

I have a request to help solve a mystery that I have....


In the autumn we planted some bulbs in this pot.  We thought that the bulbs were for dwarf daffodils called tete a tete.  Turns out that they weren't!!!


You can see that the leaves are very thing and almost cylindrical, above and below you can see one of what I assume will be a flower bud.  They almost look like garlic, but I have squished a leaf and there is no garlic smell, or any onion smell.  They are far far to big to be chives - unless there is some sort of mammoth and unscented variety that I am unaware of!


So, any suggestions????  I know that you will probably say to wait until they flower, but I am impatient to know and also I wondered if any of you were clever enough to identify them without flowers - because I know that many of you are very knowledgeable about all matters horticultural.

What do you think?

Amy

42 comments:

  1. They look like part of tete a tete family, I have some that are only just flowering tiny scented flowers they could be taller because they have compete for light, although I think the type refers to the size of the flower :-)

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  2. Dam also ment to say why compost did you plant them in, if it is just normal compost it is too rich for bulbs and they could put on leggy growth bulb fiber is very low in nutrients :-)

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  3. I don't know but I would like to make a guess before it opens - you know- just for fun. Maybe they could be another sort of flowering allium. I wonder if all alliums smell of onions or not? OoooH I shall be wondering about that now. Jo x

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  4. My suggestion would have been chives (mine are at least knee high). I am not much of a gardener either.... it will be a nice surprise when the buds open! x

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  5. I don't know but it does look familiar. Like Jo I don't mind guessing for the fun of it and I would say a Iris.

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  6. I'm not a gardener either - my skills in gardening lie in buying plants and then presenting them to my husband to 'put somewhere'. But one plant I am really fond of is Agapanthus / African lilly and I planted some bulbs years ago and they did really well, increasing each year. I seem to remember that they did look something like yours when budding, so who knows - maybe you are in for some beautiful blue lilies soon? It's going to be exciting to see what they will be. Did you know that in the 17th/18th centuries in Holland they used to plant tulip bulbs and then take bets as to what colour they would turn out? Just a thought....

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  7. The leaves don't look like daffodils, but the buds look as if they have several little flowers in them, suggesting that they are indeed what you planted.

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  8. Looking forward to see what it brings...I think Dawn McHugh is in the right direction...

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  9. They look like daffodils; they are the right height for Tête-à-Tête and if they were labelled Tête-à-Tête then might bet is they are Tête-à-tête.

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  10. I've seen something like this in my own garden but can't think what the flower is called. Not much use, am I?

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  11. Intriguing, I've no idea I'm afraid. If I had to guess I would go with Jo and suggest allium, but again, I've no idea whether they're all oniony in smell. I shall look forward to seeing what that bud turns into. CJ xx

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  12. They look quite similar to the alliums I've got growing in my garden. It will be a nice surprise when they flower! :) x

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  13. Hi Amy afraid I'm no expert on bulbs either but I';m sure someone will know,

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  14. Oh what a mystery. I am hopeless and no use at all, but it will be interesting to see how they bloom x

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  15. Very hard to tell before it flowers, I don't think it will be long until the mystery is solved.

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  16. Hmmm - I have no idea, but will be interested to find out!

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  17. My guess is that they're multi-headed narcissi of some description, so they could still be tete-a-tete. You'll just have to be patient, but I'm sure they'll be worth the wait! xx

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  18. I have no idea so no real help to you but.. Your plant pot looks very pretty in the corner! Maybe when they flower.. the puzzle will be solved! Hazel x

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  19. I think small iris plants? Maybe?
    Meredith

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  20. Amy, waiting for the bud to emerge into a flower should be the fun part. Patience will yield your only true identifier.

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  21. Wish I could help a bit, but I am so bad on names of just about everything. And even if i'd seen them before, it's unlikely I'd have remembered the name. Sorry.
    But I'm sure someone who reads this will know.
    -Lisa

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  22. I'm stumped .....guess we'll have to be very patient and wait to see the flowers.

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  23. No idea I'm afraid- it'll be fun finding out when it opens :o) xx

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  24. I think they may be a type of Chinese flowering chive ! Hope you can find out I am curious now lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  25. I think they are the tete á tete. It looks like that kind of flower bulb. You just have to wait!!!

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  26. The buds look very similar to my fabulous Nectaroscordums which are related to the Allium family

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  27. You bought the last pack of Triffid bulbs. Just watch out as you pass.

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  28. could be grape hyacinths. we have some on our front and the flower is a small blue one which looks like a bunch of grapes. The leaves are very leggy on them as well.

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  29. They look kind of like they might be, can't wait for them to flower, I'm in the process of growing some unuasl looking sweetpeas at the moment not sure what they are going to be........... nothing like gardening on the wild side
    Clare xx

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  30. I do not know... but, I am SURE they will be a beautiful surprise! blessings ~ tanna

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  31. I think they are some sort of multi flowered dwarf Narcissi Amy. I hope you will show us what appears :0)
    Jacquie x

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  32. Well?
    Don't keep us on the edge of our seats!
    I think they are daffs....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  33. They do very much look like a type of scented narcissus. I have some very similar coming up in pots and they have the same thin stems and flower heads. They are blooming now and have tiny narcissus blooms and are very fragrant. Karen xo

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  34. No idea Amy but it will be fun to find out, it could be any of the above suggestions, show us as soon as they open. :) xx

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  35. Narcissus? Guess we shall find out soon! :-)

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  36. Can't wait to see a follow-up post if you solve the mystery! I'm not enough of a gardener to know - but hope you share if you figure it out. ;) xo

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  37. Well, no idea whatsoever, so keep us posted!

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  38. Can't wait to see what they are....could be anything I suppose but maybe the lumpiness is because it's going to be one with multiple blooms? xxx

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  39. Agree with other comments that they are the multi-headed narcissus and the very fragrant ones too. They are very tall and just gorgeous. I'm sure they are not the little tete-a-tete.

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  40. I can't wait to see what a fun surprise blossom these will bring!

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  41. I am not sure Amy!!! Oh...you have to show us when they open!! I hope you have a wonderful Friday! Nicole xo

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  42. No idea! Love a garden mystery! X

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