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shoecakeshoecake Posts: 13

So long story short the previous occupants of our home passed away - house was on the market to sometime, if there were triffids lurking in the borders we wouldn't notice!

I discovered this (I'm presuming shrub) hidden under two very overgrown pieris it was in a very bad way! as you can see in the pic of the old leaves. Since being freed it has sprouted well but no flowers as yet so I'm struggling to identify and wondered if anyone recognised it? I would love to identify it so I can find out how to assist its recovery, thank you

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,148

    Viburnum tinus, nibbled by  viburnum beetlesimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • shoecakeshoecake Posts: 13

    I did think it looked distinctly chewed! couldn't find any sign of them though - I will look it up now, thank you image

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    It is tough as old boots and will take a drastic prune if necessary.
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • shoecakeshoecake Posts: 13

    lovely that's pretty much my approach with the whole garden - sadly a lot of the roses and those dependent on regular pruning may have to be removed as they're about 3/4 bare wood but I'm trying my best to salvage what's there mostly because I'm too skint to replace them and also because I get the feeling it was once a very beautiful garden and I would love to see it back that way image

  • PassionatePassionate Posts: 225

    Hi I would say don't be too eager to throw plants away, if there is any that show even a trickle of life, or when you dig them up the roots look in good shape, I would replant them and wait. I'm sure they will repay you.



  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    shoecake, don't give up on the roses. I took over a very old leggy rose when we moved into our present house and in Spring cut it right down to about 2 inches (thought either it survives or it doesn't, nothing to looseimage). To my surprise, up came several new stems and now, 15 years on, it flowers beautifully every year. I do prune it every Spring now though, but only to about 6 inches.

  • shoecakeshoecake Posts: 13
    I have pruned back a lot of the roses, but some have to be moved as they were in a make shift bed in the middle off the patio and I've got 2 little boys running riot - and probably not enough plasters! I'm keen to keep anything I can if it can be saved, not much of a budget for plants so any that can be rescued are staying! image
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