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Unusual bush in my garden

I moved into a new home in may, it has a huge well stocked garden with full borders. There is a rather large bush in the border, it flowered around June with huge yellow flowers and the developed some rather large seed pods on the branches. Now the pods are opening and the seeds are the size of olives. Black and hard. Donay anyowho know what it is? When do I trim it back as it has really spread is summer, it currently stands over 2 meters high.



  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,203

    Picture would help, but check out Paeony lutea

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,954

    Have you got a photo?

     You can upload using the tree icon on the tool bar.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,093

    my guess would be the paeony as well

    Do the seed pods look like this?



  • Yes they do. I will try and upload a picture of the bush later to see if it looks the same. Thanks


  • I've googled some images and yes that's my bush! As the pods are opening and seeds falling out am I best collecting them and trying to get them to germinate in the greenhouse?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,093

    collect and sow outside now Tris.

    I grow mine in pots and put a layer of grit on top to weigh them down and keep the algae at may. They will germinate in spring. Sometimes they take 2 years but sown fresh usually only one. 

    But keep them out of the greenhouse. 

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    My tree peony in early spring.



  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,203

    And watch out for rodents, they love the seed.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,093

    that may be why I never get self sets in the garden

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