Identification help please!
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
Viburnum tinus, nibbled by viburnum beetles
In the sticks near Peterborough
I did think it looked distinctly chewed! couldn't find any sign of them though - I will look it up now, thank you
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
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.
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 loose). 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.