I took a cutting from a buddleja bush on a walk down the old railway line I walk, must be 2 years back now put them in a doggy bag and potted them up when I got home.
Last spring I planted 1 of the cuttings in a dark corner surrounded by other bushes and fence panels, sunlight only reaches there after midday. It reached about 3ft last summer.
This year it's grown above fence height 6ft + and is starting to flower. It appears that it's the sungold variety with the yellow pom pom type flowers I'm quite pleased it's a different colour from normal and can't wait to see if it out attracts the purple one a few meters away in another garden.
Though this year butterflies have been a little scarce in the back the plus side is we've have lots of bees ian
Thanks aeshna5 my bad description it's more like buddleia weyeriana
Here's some from yesterday mornings walk I love the way the lambs ears worked it's way round the wire I'm sure the red ones a poppy of sorts and can't resist flowers with water droplets on them
The hollyhocks at the end of the bridge are nice we gathered some seeds off these 2 years back, there now in flower in the garden ones red the other turned out white that one suffered badly with rust fungus so had to pull all the leaves off still it's up to 8 ft tall 7 stems and covered in flowers the bees love it ian
Okay Ian- Buddleija x weyeriana is a hybrid derived from B. globosa x davidii.
The plant you call Lamb'sear is Great Mullein, Verbascum thapsus. Perhaps it's a local name for mullein, but to me Lamb's-ear is a totally different plant- Stachys byzantina. Both species are utilised by the Wool Carder Bee that removes the hairs from the leaves.
I'm intrigued by the "poppy", Superficially it looks like a poppy flower but looking at the structure of the floral parts it doesn't look right. Also if the leaves shown are attached to the flower they look nothing like any poppy I've seen. I'm at a loss to suggest what it might be- certainly not a native species!
That's that sorted then as for the lambs ear I'll blame the internet the first time I looked for the plant there the names that came up great mullein 'lambs ear'
looking at the 'poppy' definitely not the leaves for that flower should have moved them out the way, but that would make it too easy
I knew I'd seen it here before 'near the south clifton old railway station' anything can blow down railway tracks and up a steep embankment behind there's an old garden lot of escapees here
I found another photo taken a couple of years back looking somewhat crumpled but showing the stalk about 6in tall, notice the centre bit thingy it's has a 5 arm cross the other 4 don't know if it helps ian
Aeshna, your plant and flora knowledge is amazing.
Thanks! I've always had an interest in natural history since I was small, did a botany degree + these days lucky to occasionally lead foreign natural history tours, which sharpens the mind! Still forget stuff though!