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12/04/2013 at 19:48

Can anyone help identify the plants in the following images. My grandfather is a very keen gardener, and his garden was always beautiful when I was younger. He is now in his 70's and unfortunately suffers from dementia. So as you can imagine, his garden needs some attention. I have been making it a weekend project for us to work on it together, and it would be a great help if I knew the names of the plants to help recreate it with him.

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12/04/2013 at 21:05

 

Hi Gerard

In the top picture the spires are gladioli, with nasturtiums in front. Might be an astilbe on the left, I'm not too familiar with those.

The bottom picture has dahlias

12/04/2013 at 21:18

What a lovely project Gerard   I agree with Nutcutlet's identifications.  Now is the time of year to plant gladioli corms - they can go straight into the garden.  

Nasturtiums can be sown direct in the garden about now - the ones in the picture look like the trailing variety (which I much prefer) rather than the more modern bush varieties. They are very easy and will 'just grow'.  The leaves and flowers are edible in salads and you can pickle the seeds.  

Those dahlias look magnificent - you can buy tubers and start them off now in pots indoors and plant them out when all danger of frost has passed.  When the autumn comes you'll have to decide whether to dig them up and dry them off and take them indoors for the winter, or whether to mulch them and hope they survive.  Perhaps your grandfather will remember what he used to do 

I think Nutcutlet's right and the plant between the steps and the wall in the first photograph is an astilbe - it's a perennial which means it will grow and flower from year to year, it likes its roots in a cool and slightly damp spot and it's flowers in the sunshine - wild forms grow on the sides of ditches and streams. 

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