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Jack 3

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!


1st one looks like seed head of snowdrops.

2nd one looks like paeony shoots.

Jack 3

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.


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

Jack 3

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.


Jack 3

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.

Orchid Lady

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 

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.

Jack 3

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.


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


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


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


Same here hostafan

and Buddleia

Orchid Lady

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!


Jack 3

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.

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!

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

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