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BeckiSBeckiS Posts: 8

Hi everyone. I have just recently moved to a new house in January and the garden is more or less in full bloom... However, I have no idea what any of the plants, flowers or trees are. I have never liked gardening but would like to have a go and i think i need to start with finding out what i already have before I start to plant anything else. This is where i need your help please.Here is a few of them. Thank you in advance ???? imageimageimageimageimageimage

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  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble SuffolkPosts: 4,167

    Hi Beckis, I'm new to gardening but the first I think is an azeeaves in the third picture could be a crocosmia but nor sure about the rest. what we want really is a few of the experts to wake up and help, I'm sure they will know all your ID's! image

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,289

    1st and 2nd are Azaleas, (is that two pix of the same plant?) 3rd is a Paeony, (Crocosmia behind it - the tall upright leaves) can't remember the 4th, 5th is Laburnum and the last one is a currant of some kind I think.

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


  • BeckiSBeckiS Posts: 8

    Oooh thank you. Yes the first 2 pics are of the same plant I thought it might be helpful to see close up and the size of it ?.

    The pic of the yellow buds is from one of the trees... again not sure if this is helpful.

  • daisy doodaisy doo Posts: 90

    Last one looks like a hazel sapling. Lovely in spring when it gets its catkins. Can be kept to size by coppicing. And the branches used for rustic plant supports x

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,289

    Think you might be right on the hazel daisy.

    The yellow one is the Laburnum Becki  image

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


  • BeckiSBeckiS Posts: 8

    Oops sorry ?. Thank you, I will start to read up on on them. I have so many more to try and identify.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,289

    Some of the plants look a bit congested - ie growing very tightly together. You might have to do a bit of lifting and moving  of shrubs at some point! Easier when you know what's a weed and what's a plant for keeping though  image

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


  • BeckiSBeckiS Posts: 8

    Yes that does help, someone tried to give me the advice of "if it's not supposed to be there its a weed" but i have no idea whats supposed to be there ?. Also i did think that everything was very close together. Things seem to be hiding underneath one another but then i have a massive gap where nothing is growing. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,289

    There might still be perennials to come through in the empty areas Becki. If you can take photos of each border or planted area throughout the year, that will also help, as you can identify what's there and what gaps you have. We always think we'll remember but we never do! Make a not of what you like or don't like too. If you don't like a plant, there's no reason why you should hang on to it. Better to have something you do like. 

    You have quite a few areas with bulbs dying back too - perfectly normal at this time of year. Those are the areas that can look empty later on if there's nothing coming along to hide them. They're also the areas that we think we can dig into and plant something - only to spear some nice daffs or tulips in the process! image

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


  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,170

    The plant right at the front of the first pic with the ferny leaves and tall bud is a Welsh poppy; there is another one to the left of the pale pink azalea. It may be yellow or orange, they tend to seed around and pop up in odd places. I like them but some people hate them for their wandering ways. They are easy enough to dig out if they come up in the wrong place.

    To the right of the pale pink azalea, nearly hidden, with grey-green leaves is an Alchemillla mollis. It has greny-yellow frothy flowers that combine welll with all colours and are useful for picking, but it is another self-seeder and a love/hate plant. Cut off the flowerheads as they finish to prevent excessive seeding.

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