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08/04/2014 at 16:50


if anyone could help me identify some plants, I would be very grateful, this is my first house with a garden and I am keen to get it looking great but I don't know what the pants that are popping up this Spring are. I'm sure some are obvious and probably weeds but learning weeds will be helpful to me too. Thanks in advance for your help!

1) This is held up by canes and had small thorns on it (similar to rose)...


2) Loads of these in the borders, small bright blue/purple flowers and fine hair on stem and leaves, they remind me of nettles a bit, weeds?...

 3) Similar to the above one but no flowers yet and leaves closer together... (Sorry it won't rotate)

 4) Loads of these in part shade underneath a woodland(ish) area...

 5) Similar to above...

 6) These remind me of ferns...

7) two different plants here...

 8) these look a little bit dandeliony to me...

 9) lots of these big and small, some have cone-like flowers in the middle that haven't opened up yet.

sorry there's so many! 




08/04/2014 at 17:43

1) ? possibly mahonia

2) Green alkanet (weed)

3) probably comfrey (useful weed)

4) & 5) young alkanet or comfrey or foxglove from self sown seed

6) might be self-sown love-in-a-mist

7) clover (the 3-lobed leaves) and possibly catnip seedlings

8) poppy seedlings (probably self-sown again)

9) likely bluebells

Not 100% sure of everything above though!

08/04/2014 at 17:53

1 looks like a Berberis.

7 is an Oxalis (the one with trifoliate leaves) and possibly Honesty seedlings.

08/04/2014 at 17:55

Thank you! I think 4/5 is right, I seem to remember seeing an old photo of the garden with foxgloves in it. Very helpful.

08/04/2014 at 17:56

Thanks landgirl100 I've just looked up Berberis and it's definitely very similar leaves.

08/04/2014 at 17:57

Thought no 1 looked like Pyracantha. The new foliage on mine look identical. 

08/04/2014 at 18:03

fairygirl... we do have a large Pyracantha nearby so that's possible too. I might go snip a little bit and compare!

08/04/2014 at 18:08

I think 2, 3, 4, and 5 are all green alkanet

and 1. berberis. If that's supported with canes it could probably do with a prune

I don't think that's honesty with the oxalis but I can't bring its name to mind


09/04/2014 at 22:54

6 looks a wee bit like new Polemonium seedlings - I have loads in my woodland(y) garden and they seed everywhere

09/04/2014 at 23:19

no.1 is a Pyracantha, surely...

10/04/2014 at 00:21

8 looks like Opium poppy

9 looks like Spanish Bluebell

10/04/2014 at 06:25

Quince, for no1 ?

10/04/2014 at 06:30

I don't think I can offer any better suggestions than above - but from the snippets we can see it looks as if you have a lovely garden -  full of potential - enjoy 

12/04/2014 at 10:52

1. Quince.

22 Borage......Freeze delicate blue flowers in ice cubes to make summer drinks special !

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