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02/11/2013 at 11:38

I have a whole garden to identify... so like I said in the thread title my plants have a major identity crisis...and someone said yesterday propably someone on 'ere will be able  to help here goes with the first 3.

Numero Une...


This is growing in front of the house (south facing) and had loads and loads of purple flowers with sort of orange you can see 'tis leggy and has berries on it at the moment..

What do you think it is???

Should it be pruned...???

Should I try and tie it to the house...???

Is it possible to propagate it for the new garden...???

Thankyou beaucoup for your help...

Number 2

 This one had sort pinkish bellish flowers on it sort pink marshmallow coloured...not many though and not for too long...

Same questions really...

What do you think it is..???

Should I prune it..???

Can I propogate it for the new garden...???

etc etc etc

and finally Number Trois...


But what I would like to know is...

Should I prune it again 'tis quite leggy...and by how much...???

Can I propagate it...???

Well that is enough to be going on with...

This is quite a large garden and I divnay have a clue what half the plants are, sooooooo what I thought was I would make a file on the computer with piccies and info etc so I would know what to do and when...

I don't intend sticking around here forever and I thought it might be a nice winter project to have a written record of the garden...Plus I really would like to learn...but as you can see I am totally thick about this flower gardening lark...

Thanks for your time...



02/11/2013 at 11:43

Is this number one, Solanum Crispum?


02/11/2013 at 11:49

Yes Busy Lizzie I think it is...Wow that was quick...

Should it be pruned...???

Should I try and tie it to the house...???

Is it possible to propagate it for the new garden...???


02/11/2013 at 11:53

No. 2 could be a shrubby Lavatera, Like Barnsley or other shades of pink.

This is a lavatera in my garden.


02/11/2013 at 11:59

Yes Busy Lizzie...That looks correct also...A Lavatera...

Do you think

Should I prune it..???

Can I propogate it for the new garden...???

Thankyou so so much for your help...


02/11/2013 at 12:02

Is your Lavatera flowering now Busy Lizzie...???

02/11/2013 at 12:05

No 3 looks like a rose.

I had a solanum, but it died in a hard winter. Can be a bit tender, depends where you live. Prune after flowering, just to keep it tidy. Tie it to the wall to keep it tidy. It's normally a climber that needs attaching so it front of the window is a bit strange! Here is a link about it

I cut my lavateras to a couple of buds in Spring, then they make fresh new growth and flower better.


02/11/2013 at 12:07

I know that Number 3 is a heavenly scented rose (I am not as thick as I am cabbage looking...)...but again the standard questions

Should I prune it  'tis quite leggy...and by how much...???

Can I propagate it...???

Thanks again



02/11/2013 at 12:09

It has a few rain soaked flowers on it now, it's been flowering since August.

02/11/2013 at 12:09

...ooops that last reply cross posted and now seems very rude...sorry

02/11/2013 at 12:12

Our posts keep crossing!

Rose pruning is a big subject. It will need pruning. I can't tell if it's a climber or a rambler, but if it's a ramber that repeat flowers (most don't) then I prune them like a climber. Here is what the RHS says. Click on this link.

02/11/2013 at 12:13

Oh mine stopped flowering ages ago...I never did anything in the garden last year (pruning etc) 'cause I had no time and no knowledge so I think probably it didn't flower very well 'cause it didn't do anything with it.


02/11/2013 at 12:45

All I can add is that Solanum Crispum has seemed hardy enough in my garden ( Yorkshire) but it is behind a greenhouse growing up and hiding a boundry fence. I do prune it quite hard in spring or it just flowers at the top. If I remember correctly it is a skin irritant so I wear gloves when pruning it, might be wrong on that.

02/11/2013 at 12:57

Number 1 is an olive tree - look at the zoomed photo and you can see two olives!

Actually, I think it is Solanum and agree with the others.

02/11/2013 at 14:11

I grow solanum album.  Hardy here and very vigorous.  Currently full of flowers.  Can prune as hard as ??ou will grow and flower on wood made on current season' growth

Album is posher brother of that blue thing 

02/11/2013 at 14:13

Definately Solanum, definately not an Olive 

02/11/2013 at 15:26

Verdun it's purple / lilac not blue.

02/11/2013 at 17:18

Lavatera will flower right through from June to Sept/Oct, mine's just finished flowering, best pruned in the spring.


02/11/2013 at 17:58

Interesting that you described the Lavatera as 'pink marshmallow coloured' as it comes from the same family as the plant that was used to make marshmallows. 

There's a fascinatng fact for you 

02/11/2013 at 19:35

Mine actually produces edible marshmallows ....we have such a long growing season but the birds like em too   You need two varieties for pollination. one and the white one 

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