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Plant identification

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 12:46

Sorry. I retried the wrong photo

I think I'd better go back to bed...

Plant identification

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 12:35

Sorry Fidget. I'll try again...

I think I used a different method for the first one. Please bear with me if it goes wrong again.

plant id

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 12:29

This Dianthus looks similar to your plant, Mackers...

... If they're the same then the variety is Faganza - assuming the card I found last night is correct.

I found this poor specimen under a dense invasion of poppies that appeared since the Dianthus was put in last year. 

Plant identification

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 12:01

Last year I posted a request for plant identification under a thread entitled Proliferating Bulbs. 

I also showed this picture of some sort of root or rhizome which I couldn't identify.

I saved one or two of them (but am unsure where) and I believe this pot may contain some of that strange looking root.

Do the flowers of the second picture match the root of the first picture, please? And can anyone tell me what they are?

Where would you start with this?

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 09:36

 think we'd all be interested to see how it turns out for you, R25. Any chance of some more photos later in the year? 

Where would you start with this?

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 23:51

I understanding it might look daunting at first R25 but I would agree with Ladybird4 about the fantastic potential you have with that space there. I think the first thing is to feel OK that nature has taken over - it is clearly happy there - and trust that the land wont suffer from a bit more 'neglect' while you take time to investigate what is needed.

You know, that grass in picture 2 looks really healthy to me. I would probably just cut it using a power mower on the highest setting (to avoid breaking blades on hdden stones, half bricks etc) you can then have a better look at what else might be growing there.

In picture 1 I suspect you might find one or two old pathways in the process. If so, clearing those (or later making a new one linking the house to that little gate at the back) would start to give some definition to the garden's landscaping. 

Lowering the height of the grass gradually would enable you to see whether there are any good plants struggling to come through. When we moved in to our house the flower beds, although predefined by the over grown lawn, were a mass of knee high grass and waist high other foliage of indeterminate identity. During the ensuing gradual weeding investigation my wife found a rose bush and a Bramley Apple tree - half fallen over. She propped it up and it is now a beautifully mature tree - reliable fruiter - albeit set at a rather picturesque, slightly oriental looking angle.

In brief, you might find you start to relish the discoveries you may make in the process of tackling this lovely garden. Just do a section at a time starting with cutting the grass gradually lower and lower and I think the garden will start telling you what to do at each stage.

Possible weeds ... And lilies!

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 20:03

Thanks Nutcutlet for suggestion about individual photos. I expect I will be back again in the not too distant future - this time with photos the right way up. I seem to remember they just need to be cropped to reduce their 'byte-size'.

Possible weeds ... And lilies!

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 19:51

Thank you everyone for your input.  Re pink flowers in pic 5: I thought I knew that one. Isn't it pulmonaria, also called lungwort? I'm getting a lot of it and know I should be pleased with the weeds as I understand it means the ground is fertile - it certainly suits the ubiquitous forget-me-nots that have proliferated this year.

I think I shall remove the spiky plants - maybe some of the others too. I don't remember planting them, so thanks again for advice everyone.

Thankyou plant pauper for liking my garden. Last year I gave it a complete makeover, built a wiggly path through the middle and started afresh with completely cleared ground. It now looks as though everything has been there for ever.

Last edited: 15 May 2016 19:58:45

Possible weeds ... And lilies!

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 11:28

Sorry - everything has gone upside down. Please read left as right etc or alternatively stand on your head 

Possible weeds ... And lilies!

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 11:25

Wow, the forum has changed a bit since I was here last!

Since making last year's new 'wiggles path' border I am tidying up this year's sudden prolific growth of everything to fill bare patches with bedding plants or what ever takes my fancy.

I have come across some plants I don't immediately recognise but don't trust my memory or knowledge to decide whether to leave or pull up. 

Here are a few pictures:

Photo 1 ... The plant among the lupine...

Photo 2 ... The one to the right of the chrysanthemum...

Photo3 ... The broad leafed plant at the back...

Photo 4 ... The thick yellow/green leafed plant on the left...

Photo 5 ... The broad leafed plant dominating the left of the picture...

Photo 6 ... The spiky leafed plant in the centre. Its leaves are a bit like the way a lily grows and just out of the picture I do have a lot lilies - could this be connected? Or is it an intruder in disguise? It also looks a bit like Mares Tail which I defini do not want.

And while on the subject of lilies is the growth shown in photo 7 normal?

Photo 7

They were planted as bulbs early last year and did really well but were generally compact - 12 to 18 inches high. This year they are all 24 to 36 inches high? Any ideas? The surrounding foliage is also a bit higher so is everything just trying to compete for light or is it normal for lilies to grow that high?

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