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Sarah378Sarah378 Posts: 3

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i am so happy to have found this forum. I have just moved from a small house with a small concrete garden into a large detached property with a large garden. The previous owners never did much in the garden and it is currently grass and weeds. So I have a blank canvas. I am totally confused with what to do, but I already have some ideas from browsing this forum.

We do have one beautiful tree in the garden, it has just started flowering late March in the UK, it's in the shade most the day. White flowers that came from a furry pod.

Ang help identifying it?

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,422

    It's Magnolia stellata, the Star Magnolia.  A beautiful, slow-growing, shrub.  image

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 2,180

    Magnolia stellata

    Last edited: 01 April 2017 13:51:35

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,280

    Hello Sarah and welcome image

    That looks like a Magnolia stellata 

    http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/magnolia-stellata/classid.4139/ 

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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Hello Sarah, welcome to the forum image

    The tree is a magnolia.  Possibly magnolia stellata???

    Edit: ooh, that was quick, glad I got it right image

    Last edited: 01 April 2017 13:54:50

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Yep, and probably the best magnolia to use in small gardens as most of the rest grow into large trees relatively quickly.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Sarah378Sarah378 Posts: 3

    Wow that was fast! Thank you everyone.

    It's quite daunting moving into a property with a garden without much knowledge of gardening. Previously I've only ever grown herbs for cooking.

    I'm 5 months pregnant at the moment so my aim is to keep the garden tidy and weed free, while growing some simple things with my daughter like sunflowers. Next year I want to really get into it.

    For now I'm happy to know what the tree is called incase anyone asks lol

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Keeping it simple for now sounds like a good plan Sarah?. You will be very busy when the new baby comes along image

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 3,976

    You could help that tree though, by clearing a circle around it, about a metre across.That way it has less competition from the grass and it is easy to feed it to encourage  more growth and flowers in future. In the autumn you could plant some small bulbs like crocuses or scillas there with your daughter, to give you some spring flowers to look forward to next yearimage

  • Sarah378Sarah378 Posts: 3
    Buttercupdays says:

    You could help that tree though, by clearing a circle around it, about a metre across.That way it has less competition from the grass and it is easy to feed it to encourage  more growth and flowers in future. In the autumn you could plant some small bulbs like crocuses or scillas there with your daughter, to give you some spring flowers to look forward to next yearimage

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     Many Thanks. I need all the help I can get.

    The house and tree are both 18 years old. The former owners left the garden completely free of plants. So I have a garden of grass and a few weeds. 2 blossom looking trees (of some sort) in the front garden. Only had the keys 2 weeks, cant wait to cut the grass tomorrow haha!! The things you look forward to when having a concrete garden for 5years.

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