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dappledshadedappledshade Top of the Hill, North London Posts: 926
First pic - this is growing everywhere in my new back garden, very randomly, making me think it has been self seeded by birds, possibly. Roots like I have never seen and almost impossible to dig out.


Second one: I found a handful of these tubers in a raised bed. No plants attached. I've dusted them off and stuck them in a cool, moist spot so they don't dry out. Are they dahlia tubers?



Last one: an enormous bush, with some very dainty little leaves and beautiful magenta ?flower buds? Never seen this before. Its rather glorious, if in need of a prune...I thought it was cotoneaster from a distance, but I'm probably wrong...

thanks all 🙏🏻 
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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150
    First one is sycamore, the seeds are probably fluttering down from a nearby tree.

    Not sure about the second one, the colour reminds me of crocosmia corms but the shape seems wrong. They don't look like any dahlia tubers I've ever seen either.

    Can't see a third set of pics of the magenta bush.
  • dappledshadedappledshade Top of the Hill, North London Posts: 926
    Thank you Kitty! And that last point would be...because I forgot to add them 🤓

    Here they are:



  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150
    Ha ha 😄. No worries dappledshade.
    Could the third one be Snowberry? Don't know the botanical name sorry.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,964
    Maybe Symphoricarpos Doorenbos Hybrid 'Magic Berry' ; think I've got that right :*
    Looks the same as one I planted a few years ago in someones garden .
  • dappledshadedappledshade Top of the Hill, North London Posts: 926
    Thanks both - yes, I had wondered if it was some kind of callicarpa, initially, but I don't know much about this type of plant!
    It is ginormous and I think is growing from my neighbour's garden, but has grown into ours about 2m. Was wondering how best to prune it and when, my side really.  Thank you.
  • dappledshadedappledshade Top of the Hill, North London Posts: 926
    Still wondering what on earth these tubers are...should I treat them like dahlia tubers, over the winter and plant them in a very free draining compost and leave them somewhere protected, or leave them unplanted and then plant in spring to see what I get?
    i love discovering new things as I go along, but the back garden is still a jungle of brambles at the moment. Quite hard to cut back stuff to even access it!

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,555
    You need to pull up or dig out the sycamores before they become huge trees.  Watch out for new seedings appearing every year.

    Symphoricarpus is a determined spreader by roots so that needs digging out to contain it before it fills up more of your garden.  Leave pruning till spring and then prune after it has flowered to thin out the stems because the birds will appreciate the berries this winter.

    I agree the corms look like crocosmia but not quite right.  I would pot them up and keep them in a sheltered spot and see what grows next spring.  Then you can plant out where you want them or compost them if you don't like them.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150
    i love discovering new things as I go along, but the back garden is still a jungle of brambles at the moment. Quite hard to cut back stuff to even access it!

    Do you have a pair of long handled loppers? Could be handy for chopping back the brambles without getting too close to the prickles 😉. I also love my folding pruning saw for thicker branches like the sycamore trunks you have.

    I've learned to recognise young sycamore seedlings, much easier to hoik them out when they're tiny. The seeds are the ones we used to call helicopters as children because of the way they fly.

    Still stumped by the red tubers. I too would pot them up, labelled 'Mystery Plants', and wait to see what pops up.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,964
    I have not got the faintest idea about anything to do with fruit & veg !!!!
    One sudden thought just sprang to mind though with the mention of 'raised-beds' ; Probably 100% wrong , but could the the tubers be young sweet-potatoes ?

    Laugh and mock as you will , it's only a very very wild guess!  :s
  • dappledshadedappledshade Top of the Hill, North London Posts: 926
    Kitty 2 said:
    i love discovering new things as I go along, but the back garden is still a jungle of brambles at the moment. Quite hard to cut back stuff to even access it!

    Do you have a pair of long handled loppers? Could be handy for chopping back the brambles without getting too close to the prickles 😉. I also love my folding pruning saw for thicker branches like the sycamore trunks you have.

    I've learned to recognise young sycamore seedlings, much easier to hoik them out when they're tiny. The seeds are the ones we used to call helicopters as children because of the way they fly.

    Still stumped by the red tubers. I too would pot them up, labelled 'Mystery Plants', and wait to see what pops up.
    That's what I thought I'd do! Exciting to see what emerges. Now I know about sycamore saplings, never again will they establish in this garden. They are currently my nemesis!
    i don't have many tools, but I do have some loppers - will try cutting trunks at below soil level. Do you think they'll grow back?
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