Monday, 23 May 2016

Help Please




This beautiful flowering plant is covering part of the front wall outside our rented home. I would love to grow some of it in pots but don't know what it is or how to propagate it. I can't even work out where it's growing from as it seems to be just a 'mat' of flowers, covering the top of the wall.

I have pulled away a couple of pieces near to the ground to try and root it.

Can any of my super blogging chums give me some help with this?

20 comments:

  1. We always called it Snow in Summer. I'm sure it has a proper name, its a perennial that's for sure and grows anywhere.

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    1. Thanks Sue. That's a lovely name for it. My Dad used to grow something similar which I thought he called an Ice plant. Although I'm sure it didn't flower like this one.

      Jean
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  2. yes, we have a patch of it too...maybe the garden centre could help identify the correct name? x

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  3. Thanks very much for the info. The foliage feels very similar to lavender so I'll take the cuttings in the same way. I've had some success with that method in the past.

    Jean

    Jean

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  4. Hello lovely lady, long itme not comment :D

    My mother grew masses of this when I was a child, it works wonderfully in rockeries. It's called Cerastium something-or-other, or Silver Carpet ♥

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    1. Jeepers! Excuse my typos x

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    2. Thanks Yvonne. Lovely to hear from you.

      Jean
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  5. Yes, it is Cerastium tomentosum - snow in summer. I grew it from a bit that I literally pulled off from a wall and popped straight into the top of a rockery. It is probably best propagated in the Autumn, but if I was you I would pull a few bits off and pop them into pots filled with some John Innes and see how they go - it can be invasive.

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  6. Thanks Rosemary. I did exactly that yesterday. But I think I will try some more later this week.

    Jean

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  7. Beautiful names for such lovely flowers!! Glad you got lots of advice. Personally I am a dunce where gardening is concerned ...shame really I do love flowers.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  8. Hello Jean,
    I have seen it growing but had no idea what it was called until I read Yvonne’s comment. Anyway I Googled Cerastium with this result;

    Cerastium is a genus of annual, winter annual, or perennial plants belonging to the family Caryophyllaceae. They are commonly called mouse-ear chickweed. Scientific name: Cerastium.

    I prefer Snow in Summer to Mouse-Ear Chickweed, a much nicer name for such a pretty flower.
    Barbara x

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  9. In Wales, we called it Snow on the Mountain, no idea why!

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  10. Probably the way it cascades down? Pretty name though.

    Jean
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  11. Wow, that's a blast from the past, I'm sure this grew on my parents garden wall when I was a child.

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  12. I've just discovered that you are blogging again - I am so glad. I like your posts. Hope the house hunting doesn't drag on for too long. x

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    1. Thank you very much. I'll try and do my best to keep blogging again on a regular basis. I do love it, just need to make the time.
      Jean

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  13. We call it 'that white stuff that grows on the bank behind the house'. Hope this helps.

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