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22/04/2014 at 16:23

Hello everyone!

I have been reading posts on here for a while now and learning quite a bit from you all! We moved into our house last October and I am now getting stuck in to the gardening. The pervious people didnt take much care of the garden so its been hard work. Being new to gardening and this being my first garden I am working out what is what! Can anyone help identify the below?


This is growing in a raised brick bed down by the back door, it had been covered by ivy. I am hoping it is a flower and not a weed!


This is seems to be growing well, i have cut it back quite a bit, there is also another plant growing through it (the yellow one) not sure if I should leave it or trim them both?


This is down the end of the garden, it had tiny pink and white flowers on it during the early part of the year. Lots of little birds love sitting in it!


Again by the back door in the brick bed, its just shot up in the last few weeks. Has tiny little seed like things on it. Again I hope its not a weed!

Any help would be really great!


22/04/2014 at 16:35

The final one is Soloman's Seal.  I know the first plant as Lambs Ears not sure what it's proper name is.

22/04/2014 at 16:36

Hi Pinky....I think, only think mind, that no 1 is Centaurea Montana, common name knapweed. It gets blue flowers in the summer. It self seeds so remember to dead head. It spreads a fair bit but is easy to remove.

Again I think no 4 is Polygonatum, common name Solomons Seal. I don't grow it but you can do a web search to get more info.


22/04/2014 at 16:38

Pinkypoo, the first looks like perennial cornflower (centaurea), the last is solomons seal (polygonatum),  I can't see the rest properly as the pics wont enlarge.

22/04/2014 at 16:40

Welcome PP, The yellow flowers may be Sailor's buttons; Kerria? But can't see them clearly enough.

22/04/2014 at 16:41

Whoops Muddy fork and I crossed. If number 1 is grey and very furry it is lambs lugs.Gets tiny purple flowers. Latin name Stachys Lanata

22/04/2014 at 16:45

Muddy Fork and Bilje 1 is grey and furry, quite silky smooth to touch so I guess that makes it lambs lug?

I will try and take better pics of the others but its pouring down at the moment!

artjak I was told the yellow flower is sailors button by my mum, it seems to be going a bit mad at the moemnt with shoots even coming up through the grass so not sure what to do with it!

22/04/2014 at 16:47

Second pic - bright green one - looks like a Spirea. I'd agree with art about the Kerria- it flowers at this time of year though so it's an educated guess - but the pix don't enlarge so it's a bit tricky to be accurate with the shrub it's growing through. Solomon' Seal (Polygonatum) for the last one definitely, and I'd say Centaurea  for the first pic  too.

22/04/2014 at 16:49

Thank you Fairygirl  

how do I make it so you can enlarge the pictures?

22/04/2014 at 17:08

We can transfer your pics to the next stage, but they are not getting any bigger. you will need a techy person to help. If no one helps on this thread, there is a thread called (I think) camera 2014?

22/04/2014 at 17:21

I'm not techie enough Pinkypoo - Salino helped me with putting the pix on here by suggesting using an external site for the photos, so I've got mine on Photobucket. I think I'm just lucky with my camera or something because mine just seem to be the right size when I transfer them from the Windows thingy on the laptop. DavidK's camera thread art? David's very techie- he should be able to help 

I'll see if I can bump the thread up and you could post on it for help Pinky.

22/04/2014 at 18:52

I go with Centaurea montana for the first one

3. just might be one of the pink winter flowering Viburnums but it's all too small for my poor old eyes

23/04/2014 at 09:28
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I go with Centaurea montana for the first one

3. just might be one of the pink winter flowering Viburnums but it's all too small for my poor old eyes

Thanks Nutcutlet I have looked on the RHS site and it does look like it could be a Viburnums!

I have tried to zoom in on pics 2 and 3 for you, hopefully they are clear if not I will have to get out and take some more later today.



 Sorry I loaded them in the wrong order!


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