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Mondays pop quiz!

Well what a beautiful sunny day! Time to get in the garden and see whats under all the dryer up leaves!


This is what i found can anyone help with some ID's and advice?




 This looks like a heather of some kind. It was laying flat and covering what ever is coming up (tulips i think) am i right to stack it up like this i was rather reluctant to cut it back but it is getting a bit woody.



 This shrub is getting rather large and has spread out and is rather thin in the middle what would be the best way to contain it a bit?

Reverse view of same shrub below:




 I thinks is a flower head (lupin?) would it be worth trying to salvage any seed?



 This is some sort of clump around a foot in diameter. might have to wait and see on this one!



 Another 'clump' this one with little cabbage type leaves. Any Ideas?

and finally 6/


 This is is my rose bed. Not sure what all this cover is should i dig the whole lot out or are they some sort of flower? Also the rose and getting a bit old should I risk cutting them all down to the base and feeding them to see what a get?


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,590

    Cant tell very well from the photos, but the first shrubby things look like end of life lavender. The seed head looks like a mullein. it will probably have spread seeds all over the garden anyway.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,856

    It's a shame the first ones won't enlarge.

    I think lavender as well, bit of a sorry specimen, other possibility could be santolina, that's grey too but with finely cut feathery leaves.

    The short spreading shrub with it could be a rather large, elderly rock rose, can't see it properly.

    Seed head does look like mullein or verbascum (same thing).

    The cabbagey thing is a sedum, something like "Autumn Joy".

    I think the rose bed has hundreds of self seeded Forget-me-nots in it. Could be the wild sort with tiny flowers, could be the garden sort, but there are far too many, far too close together. The roses need the dead bits cut out, a good prune and a good feed.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Your top picture of 3/ looks like a hebe. I have pruned one in the past and it didn't look any better or sprout any sideshoots to bush out. Perhaps it might be best to move it.


    Thanks all, sorry my photo's are rubbish! 

    I have pulled the heather thing up waste of space I think. I will pull up all the forget me knots or whatever they are and mulch the area. I might attempt to split the Sedum and spread it around a bit. 

    I may try to spread the seeds around and see what pops up.

    Its hard work this gardening lark!


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,877

    No 1 looks l ike it might be Santolina chamaecyparissus. A bit leggy ,as they often become, but could well be.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,877

    sorry Lizzie, didn't see you suggesting Santolina, oops.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,891

     Couldn't enlarge one or two of the pix but I'd agree with  Hebe and Sedum (iceplant) . Hebes can be cut back but they don't always make it.  First one looks too feathery to be Lavender- Santolina sounds a good shout. Sedums are easy to propagate and split. You can literally pull bits off and stick them in a pot of compost.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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