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We bought a house last September with a gardners garden ... Left so far to see if I like anything .. Have an apple tree, pear tree and grape vine, grass and tons of plants ... Not sure where to start image any advice ?



  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,735

    Hello Mandi2. 

    How good are you at recognising a weed? Sorry if that sounds a bit odd. My hubby can't tell a daisy from a nettle so he never gets left for long alone near a flowerbed. If you are good at weeding, I would really recommend that you do nothing for one full year except do the weeding. If the last owner liked plants you might well find all sorts of things such as bulbs are currently invisible but will surprise you in the spring.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    That would be my advice too image

    Although you can still do pots/baskets of bedding plants if you want some extra colour image
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,980

    If there are plants there that you don't recognise, you can take photos of them and post them on here - usually one of us will be able to identify most things and give you some clues about how to take care of them image

    To post a picture on here you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions;  sadly it doesn't work for phones -yet

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks all I'm going to be honest ... I've bought a few books to try and help work out what's what and that's not going too well at the moment ! The garden is starting to look really overgrown and there's this one plant that seems to be getting everywhere I'll try and post a picture



  • I also noticed yesterday a few apples looking like this ... anyone know what's wrong with this ? 



  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    I don't know what's wrong with your apple but get rid of the effected bits asap and don't compost them so it can't spread.  At least this will buy you some time until you find out the problem.

  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,454

    Hi welcome to the forum image - the picture looks like a Dicentra commonly know as bleeding heart. 

    Your apples have Brown rot - remove affected fruit.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,980

    The first plant looks like one of the types of clematis - not sure which one - have you noticed any flowers earlier on in the year?

    And yes, take the rotten apples off and bin them so whatever it is doesn't infect the others.  It might just be rot caused by birds pecking them.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    Hi Mandi - bit at a time is the best way image

    I'd agree with Dove - looks like a clematis - montana type. They get big and flower in spring with smaller flowers in pink or white so if you noticed them that would be it. They can take plenty of pruning if they're getting too invasive. If you google any of our suggestions that will give you info and it may jog your memory. Looks like a Euonymous underneath it. They're mainly grown as a foliage plant - useful for awkward areas and for giving dull spots a lift.

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Definitely leave it for a year and record what turns up where.  Keep the weeds down, do whatever other maintenance is needed (hedge trimming, pruning, grass cutting, compost-making etc.) and think about what you want to change.

    I'm sure if you keep asking on here people will be only too happy to advise you!

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