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05/06/2012 at 15:30

Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum and a novice gardener. I have a number of plants I would appreciate some help identifying. Some may be weeds and some large shrubs that I have no idea what they are. Please see my Flickr photostream:

Fickr Photostream

Thanks in advance for your help and no doubt I'll be posting further questions as I discover my garden.


05/06/2012 at 15:36

Second pic, pink flower - is 100% a Aquilegia. Not a weed !!


05/06/2012 at 15:43

The one that you call a thistle, is I think, a Amberboa. Not a weed either

05/06/2012 at 15:46

Not camellia-but a peony

05/06/2012 at 15:50

Picture 4 Linarias-Toadflax.

05/06/2012 at 15:54

The thistle I think is Centaurea montana-perennial cornflower

05/06/2012 at 16:28

Agree with aquilegia, peony and centaurea. I thought pic 4 looked like some sort of currant but there are no fruits I can see so maybe flowering currant. Pic 5 possibly some sort of escallonia, pic 7 can't remember its name but I have loads and they spread like mad - not a weed but can be invasive but the bees/insects love it. Can't be sure what pics 8 and 9 are but I think final pic is red valerian.


05/06/2012 at 16:37

I think, pic 4 ( or summer fruiting bush, as you put it ) is a blackcurrant bush, I've been trying to think where I've seen the same shaped leaves before - I have a blackcurrant bush at the allotment and the leaves look very similar.

05/06/2012 at 16:48

I miscounted 7 looks like Toadflax

05/06/2012 at 16:48

1. Hypericum  2.Aquilega  3. Peony  4. Fruit bush or Ribes -any fruit/flowers? 5. Cotoneaster? 6. Centaurea  7.  Euphorbia  8. Cotoneaster  9. Spirea 10.  Valerian

05/06/2012 at 16:51

Picture 4 is definitely a currant but could be fruiting or a flowering one

05/06/2012 at 17:05

My guesses:

1-Hypericum, 2-Aquilegia, 3-Peony, 4-Current of some kind, 5-young crab apple?, 6-Amberboa or Centaurea, 7-Purple Toadflax (weed), 8-?, 9-?, 10-Red Valerian (grows like mad here, so weed!)


05/06/2012 at 20:17

Hypericum ,aquilegia,peony, currant of some sort, pear or crab apple?, centaurea montana, cotoneaster, spiraea, valerian.

I've got 8 out of the 10 you showed in my garden, so I'm fairly certain.

05/06/2012 at 20:19

Sorry missed out no.7 toadflax as the others said.

05/06/2012 at 20:23

Thank you so much for all your advice and help - you are all amazing and extremely  knowledgable! Having a look at some images online and all your answers are spot on. I can now tidy my garden with increased confidence that I know what things are.

Re: image 4 - Thanks Daintiness, I will keep watching for flowers/ and or fruit, there is nothing visible at present. It would be quite nice for it to be a blackcurrant bush!

Thanks again


05/06/2012 at 22:49

Hi, I too think number 4 is a currant bush.  Smell the leaves and that will give you a clue as blackcurrant leaves smell lovely.

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