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03/03/2014 at 15:29

Hi there, I have recently been helping my mother tidy up her overgrown garden and I came across a couple of plants that I don't know what they are.  One is a bush of some sort with berries on and the other a grassy type plant (also if you know the plant to the left of it under the horse and cart).  Are the berries edible does anyone know?  Thank you for any help, here are the pictures:

http://i62.tinypic.com/14tszn8.jpg

 

http://i62.tinypic.com/2lwatsj.jpg

 

 

03/03/2014 at 15:46

The bottom picture could be dwarf Day Lilly (Haemorocalis ) perhaps.

Can't help with the shrub in top pic.

03/03/2014 at 15:51

The one on the left of the possible Day Lily is a wild euphorbia or spurge commonly regarded as a weed. 

The shrub might be one of the cotoneasters - hard to tell without the leaves. 

03/03/2014 at 16:08

I don't think that is a Daylily, looks more like a Spanish bluebell.

03/03/2014 at 16:09

If the leaves in 1. that come off half way up and go to the right belong to this shrub it's a cotoneaster. The manner of growth looks right, I wasn't  sure about the berries

I think the second one is a bulb

03/03/2014 at 17:34

That is a dock beside it.

03/03/2014 at 17:42

Yes, might be Spanish bluebell - we'll know soon enough - it'll be putting up flower spikes soon if it is 

nutcutlet wrote (see)

If the leaves in 1. that come off half way up and go to the right belong to this shrub it's a cotoneaster. The manner of growth looks right, I wasn't  sure about the berries

I think the second one is a bulb

Yes, I wasn't sure about the berries, but the growth and leaves look very much like a cotoneaster. 

03/03/2014 at 18:10

We have a cotoneaster with berries like that.  Used to think it was a boring shrub until i realised that it spends April-june absolutely covered in bees - literally swarming.  It hums louder than our washing machine on its spin cycle.  So now i am a fan!

03/03/2014 at 18:49

The grassy one looks rather like Deschampsia caespitosa. On the other hand, the leaves seem to have a distinctive rounded point. If they're also very smooth and glossy, it could be Ophiopogon, the green version - the one more usually seen is the black one, lily turf.

03/03/2014 at 18:58

that's cotoneaster horzontalis and spanish bluebells scilla hyacinthoides

03/03/2014 at 19:00

It's cotoneaster but the branch arrangement  isn't that of horizontalis.

 

03/03/2014 at 19:07

it could be C. Simonsii. In a mild winter it can hold onto some leaves , as this one has. I'm going with the Spanish bluebells too for the other.

03/03/2014 at 19:10

I have a large number of Spanish bluebells in my garden (I know, I know) and the leaves don't look same. Mine have a much broader looking leaf. Don't know if that helps?

03/03/2014 at 19:48

I think you're right Panda, these are much less heavy-looking

03/03/2014 at 19:52

I guess ruling out a plant means I'm getting better at this plant identification business 

03/03/2014 at 19:54

You are Panda 

03/03/2014 at 20:17

Hurrah! Can't wait for the day when I know what they are, instead of what they're not 

03/03/2014 at 20:21

03/03/2014 at 21:09

..isn't the grassy one Muscari - grape hyacinth..?  looks like mine...

04/03/2014 at 03:19

Hi again, thank you all very much for the help, i am most grateful. Yes, nutcutlet, the leaves belong to the shrub.  Seems like cotonesater is a pretty safe bet then.

As for the grassy thing, i think grape hyacinth may be right because i have seen those plants in flower at the front of the house before, and as these were all planted by the previous owners it would seem likely that they planted some at the back of the house too. It is strange that i have never seen this one in flower before though (and i visit quite often), can they go through years without flowering? Im sorry i dont know too much, lol, guess we will wait and see, i am intrigued. 

Once again, thank you all for your help.

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