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What are these please?

Next doors lack of gardening is starting to send quite a lot over our way, and being a novice I have no idea whether to cut it back like crazy of go with the flow. 

This is coming through our lilac bush:


This is under our hydrangea:


And this also under/next to the hydrangea:


Thank you!


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,800

    1. Looks like a Cotoneaster, possibly C. horizontalis

    2.  Possibly hellebore leaves

    3.  An ash tree seedling.  Dig it out!!! 

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

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,569

    The bottom one with the reddish new leaves is an ash tree seedling, get it out. 

    Middle one looks like a peony

    Top one a cotoneaster. At least two of those (1& 3) will have grown from seeds dropped by birds sitting on the tree.

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    1. I agree cotoneaster

    2. looks like peony maybe?

    3. most definitely an ash tree - remove sharpish!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,800

    Mmm, yes 2 could be peony ...... image

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

  • Thanks for all the replies. Right 1 and 2 can stay. The ash is close to the house, so that's got to go. 

    Now, how I I go about telling next door to pull their finger out and start removing the other ash trees that are shooting up further over their boundary. They are renting and I don't think they care at all. Maybe I should ask the landlord to do something about it?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,569

    I would, otherwise there will be a forest there.

  • It's only about 6 foot from the house too, so with the root system they really do need to go. Husband has almost had a fit, he deals with subsidence and buildings falling down quite a bit. I think I shall play on this and try to get him to do the digging. image

  • Thanks aym, it's on the list to dig out asap!

  • Funnily enough mine is also surrounded by Irises!

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