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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,737

    Hi Paul,

    Like the other helpful members of this forum I welcome you here and wish you well on your enterprise. IMHO some important information is missing from your query, i.e. the exact size of your garden. A rough sketch with a scale & compass rose & total area would help.

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Paul165Paul165 Posts: 97

    Thanks everyone

    A combination of long working hours and terrible weather means I haven't been able to see the garden in daylight yet this week, so I'll get some photos etc over at the weekend!

  • Just to add, all the RHS books had a massive update in 2000 adding a useful key code feature and new plants. All editions since then are identical but for the covers so if you find a 15 year old second hand version  for £2 it will be identical to the £30 2017 version. 

  • Paul165Paul165 Posts: 97

    RIght, so I'm going to post pictures of the existing plants - any ideas on which should remain, which might need to go and any other observations very welcome (e.g. there appears to be a layer of moss over the soil which has completely hardened - needs digging up?)

    Large files so I'll do a series.imageimageimage

  • Paul165Paul165 Posts: 97

    (I would like to get rid of the last one, but it;s stuck firmly in!)

  • Paul165Paul165 Posts: 97

    And some more...imageimageimage

  • Paul165Paul165 Posts: 97

    Can anyone help with ID'ing these?

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,688

    Hi Paul165, the picture of the last one which you said is 'firmly in the ground', any chance you could post a further picture of the branches close-up? They look like something between Araza Microphylla or possibly Lornicera Nitida. 

    Your latest batch of photos, the first one is looking like the last one, but may need another closer look at leaves. At the moment it looks like Viburnum Tinus.

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,688

    You have some really mature specimens. It is best to be patient and wait another year to see how they perform and whether you like them or not. Particularly shrubs, they are the backbone of a garden setting and they will normally support a host of wildlife. You are extremely lucky to have so many shrubs and trees to start with. Looks like a garden that was once well loved.

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,688

    Paul165, I had a look at that shrub that you said is firmly in the ground, and I now think it's Sophora Microphylla. You may see yellow flowers soon. 

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