Last year, at a flea market, hubby bought me a beautiful deep purple Canterbury Bell plant. It bloomed all summer long but (again) didn t make it thru our winter (even tho' it was very mild). I m thinking, maybe, I didn t do something right to keep it but I loved it .
So, this Spring I m looking for another one and cannot find one anywhere local. Anyone else have these growing in their gardens ?
Marilyn I think they are Biennial. Grow the 1st yr, bloom the 2nd & are gone.
This is a good title for a new thread.
My next new plant (or at least one of them) will be a Boomerang Lilac. Probably not till Fall now
Marilyn, I started the deep purple Canterbury Bells from seed. Aren't they gorgeous? They are a biennial but I did think they would come back, I knew they would not bloom the first year but I didn't know that after they bloomed the second year that was it for them and they were gone....Now I am wondering if that's why ours didn't peek through this year.
That really is disappointing to read Gayle. Now I am wondering if it's even worth to try again. I have a small pot with some in but they are too small to go in the ground yet so we were both looking forward to next year.
Marilyn, do you start anything from seeds? I am not 100% sure but I think I might still have some seeds. I am sure I didn't plant them all. We only saved seed from the deep purple because we liked it so much.
Mine is a perennial. It is from the campanula family called Purple BellFlower. I've had it for years. It's in bloom now. I think I still have the tag somewhere.
We seem to be on the same gardening wavelength today, Marilyn. LOL!
I grew Canterbury Bells from seed last year and they bloomed beautifully this year. I thought I would also get some pretty whites and pinks, but only had the deep purples bloom from the entire packet of seed. I have resisted growing them in the past because I don't care to bother with biennials (I'm such a plant snob - I know). However, this time I caved in and planted them. Now that mine have bloomed, I don't know how I feel about Canterbury Bells. I REALLY enjoyed the huge blooms on my plants and wouldn't mind growing this again - I guess. I am just disappointed that I didn't get the other colors to bloom too. It was a long wait for more purple flowers which I have a ton of for some reason.
I also have the Purple Bell Flower like Wendy has shown here. It is very nice and I love it. However, the blooms are considerably smaller for me than the blooms on the biennial CB.
I'm left wondering what I want to do about growing CB in the future. Makes me think, "Hmmm ..."
I started Canterbury seeds in a big pot along with snaps late last summer. They were growing great for a while, but then I think the snaps took over, and then some BES. What was left of one little CB was pretty much destroyed by the kittens that love to play in those pots. Maybe I will try again for next year, as soon as I find homes for the kittens.
My next plant will probably be a Clematis, since you guys keep tempting me with your pics.
Billie_Jo: I didn't know that after they bloomed the second year that was it for them and they were gone....Now I am wondering if that's why ours didn't peek through this year.
Donna, I didn't know it either. I read it when I was googling for info. Somebody who grows a lot of them might know better.
My canterbury bell is also a pereinnal I got it at a plant exchange My next plant will be a black currant bush
I have never had anything biennial so that makes me wonder if maybe I shouldn t have pulled the Canterbury Bell when I thought it had died. It was full of blooms when we brought it home and continued beautifully until cold weather.
I have 2 Boomerang Lilacs and love them. One is planted in a small area around our flag pole and the other one is at the end of the fence on our property line. Their blooms don t get nearly as big as a regular lilac but they smell just as good. :)
I ve never had a lot of luck planting things from seed but maybe I just need more patience with them. I loooove anything that ""blooms"" !!!
Yes, I remember my plant tag saying something about the campunula family also.
I ve never seem pink or white Canterbury Bells. Maybe I will have to look for them besides a new purple one... LOL !!!!
I have a 5-6 yr. old Clematis that is bright purple blooms and it has over 100 blooms on it right now. It just can t seem to not bloom and is gorgeous. It is planted on an old clothes line post and climbing up a wire frame. Both sides are covered ~~~
Also, have a new one planted this spring that the blooms will be pink and white but it seems to be struggling right now for some reason.
I ve never seen a Black Currant Bush so will have to check that out. :)
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