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19/03/2014 at 13:25

A couple of new things have started popping up in various places around my garden, very curious to know what they are, sorry the pictures aren't very good, but I know you like a challenge.

1) These have small thin stems with these 'pods' on the end.

 2) This next one looks quite dark pinky red, and is popping up under hedges.

 3) This isn't actually new. I got this ID'd in another thread and everyone said it was a Skimmia. I was just wondering if anyone could confirm which type of skimmia it is, because I can't find one that looks like it, either in online pictures or in the GC.

 Thank you!

19/03/2014 at 13:34

1st one looks like seed head of snowdrops.

2nd one looks like paeony shoots.

19/03/2014 at 13:39

Ah, thank you fidgetbones. Yes that would make sense as they are amongst where the snowdrops were, I thought it was new plants emerging.

My OH, loves Peonies so she will be pleased.

19/03/2014 at 13:45

I think the Skimmia is  'Foremanii' or 'Japonica'

19/03/2014 at 13:58

Thanks Edd, I've just been looking at Foremanni and it could be but I think it's taller than that, it's about six foot. In the GC all the skimmia japonica looked different with darker leaves.

19/03/2014 at 14:58

It's a female variety of Skimmia japonica. Male ones don't produce the red berries, they have panicles of red buds during winter and fragrant white flowers in spring. Read more here:

19/03/2014 at 15:10

Thank you Flowerchild! Well that definitely looks like it and the height is right. I couldn't understand on descriptions why they refer to the leaves as dark green, I'd describe them as bright green, not really dark at all.

Thank you very much all, again I'm amazed at everyone's knowledge.

19/03/2014 at 17:39

I like these threads, I have started playing a little 'game' to see how many I can identify now before I read the I got the first one right  Sorry I can't be of more help than that Jack....I'm a newbie too 

19/03/2014 at 18:12

Picture two looks like my Bleeding Heart which is showing up through the soil in it's large tub but am just a newbie to so chances are i could be wrong.

19/03/2014 at 19:06

Good going Tracey! I love it that now when I walk around the Garden Centre there's actually some things I recognise and know by name, slowly learning.

Andy I just looked up Bleeding Heart, they are amazing looking things. I think it is more likely to be peony because my girlfriend says there were a couple when we moved in last year.

19/03/2014 at 19:09

It's a paeony, they're much more substantial looking plants than any of the dicentras (bleeding hearts)

19/03/2014 at 19:21

bleeding heart , ( Dicentra spectablis ) is now 

Lamprocapnos spectabilis

not as easy to say, but hey ho the " powers that be" have been at it again

19/03/2014 at 19:23

I'm old school and still spell Paeony  " paeonia"  that's how I learned it a million years ago. 

19/03/2014 at 19:29

Same here hostafan

and Buddleia

19/03/2014 at 21:37

Me too Jack and when I'm walking my dogs I look at people's gardens and see what I can recognise, sometimes thinking out loud and my OH wonders what I am going on about LOL!

20/03/2014 at 00:47

Yes Tracey, I know what you mean, I never noticed the diversity of plants and shrubs and flowers before, now whenever I walk past peoples gardens I notice everything.

20/03/2014 at 08:46

tracry just like me i take little ones out for walk every day and am always nosing in gardens to see what i recognise and what grows well in area, when hubby comes his eyes glaze over if i tell him about something,! sure 2nd pic sure peonies i have lots, unfortunately previous owner liked red-i like pink!

20/03/2014 at 08:47

sorry i do prefer paeony spelling, hadn't really seen it before!

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