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Plant ID please

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 09:15

It'll have little white flowers and smell of fruit salad and orange blossom!  And pineapple and bananas......I think it's fabulous!  Mind you, it's planted next to our septic tank, so no wonder I like it!  Go figure! 

Usually flowers in June.  When I inherited mine along with the neighbour's house I always referred to it by the name they gave it - 'Bride's Blossom'.  I have NO idea whether this is just a local ( Scottish ) common name for it though.


Please help me identify this plant

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 09:07

Snap. Lyn!  I have a hellebore bed in full sun ( when we get it ) and it's been established for many years.  The plants are healthy and look happy. 

That's a lovely combination with the astrantia, chickenlicken...keep an eye on it, though, some varieties can spread where they're not wanted and I find it a right pig to dig up ( the astrantia, I mean ).

I wouldn't worry about hellebore being poisonous, I've never seen anything come a cropper so far....

Knot for the faint-hearted

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 08:54

Well thank you Blue Onion!  Funnily enough, there's a derelict old building in the garden - it used to be the village shop - and the roof ( slate ) is falling in.....we're having it replaced this year.  A super-abundance of slate for the taking!  It's Scottish slate, not Welsh, so not much resale value!  Far better off under my knot!

I can foresee some 'smashing' times ahead....

Meconopsis (Himalayan Blue Poppy)

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 15:24

Mine just die.


Posted: 20/04/2015 at 15:16

Lovely plants!  I have one which is almost black, been here forever.  I wish I could bring myself to weed out the dirty pinks and dingy mauves, nutcutlet, but I can't!  You never quite know what you're going to get with self-seeding ones, which is half the fun.

Can someone identify this awful growth in my garden please?

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 15:11

It's horsetail, right enough.  Pretty endemic and the black wiry roots go through to Australia.  It might look unsightly but it doesn't do any harm, apart from to your aesthetic senses!.  The weird brownish fungussy cap and stalk will turn to a green feathery stem eventually.  You learn to live with it!  I have loads of it, everywhere.  I just either nip it off at ground level or dig at the roots if I'm weeding in the same area.  Very difficult to eradicate.

On the positive side, the roots are very rich in silicone which makes a wee brush made out of them perfect for polishing pewter!  Seriously!

What have I got

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 14:43

Could it be a chokeberry, Benjamin?  Arunia pruniflora.  Height up to 3 metres, good red autumn colour and black berries which CAN be eaten but not until they're fully ripe as they're rather bitter.  Can be made into jam.  I think your mystery plant could be this!

Knot for the faint-hearted

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 13:20

About 15 years ago I planted a small knot garden, using Buxus sempervirens, the plain green, and the variegated.  Sorry, I don't actually have any photos to download at the moment, the pc is playing up  

I suppose there are about 160 plants in total and although I maintained it assiduously for years, it has become neglected and weed-infested since 2011 when I had to have partial knee replacements ( arthritis! ) and was left unable to squat and advised NOT to kneel for prolonged periods!  That, plus working, meant there was never enough time in the week to devote to it.

Now I'm not working I can spend time trying to rejuvenate it....but where to start?  It's pretty parched, as it faces south and there's a beech hedge immediately behind it, as well as a greedy old Bramley apple tree.  The autumn leaf drop from nearby oak, ash, sycamore ( the latter now chopped down ), alder, lime and hazel clog up the understorey and creeping buttercup and bugle ( Ajuga reptans ) prance about in and out of the root run.  A few of the box plants seem to have died of drought ( I don't think it's box blight ) and the whole thing is overgrown, weed infested and very sorry for itself, even though the majority of the plants look healthy.

I've started clearing under and around it, which will take weeks, and am giving it a foliar feed of seaweed fortnightly before I even think about cutting it back into shape.

Advice would be greatly appreciated on what to feed it with, what to mulch it with, and when to give it a haircut.....I know not to do it in full sun, but various websites give a wide range of dates from April through to September, via Derby Day in June!  I used to trim it in mid May ( I'm in NE Scotland ) but can easily alter that plan if advice received suggests something else.

I really don't want to lose my knot........would appreciate input from any fellow enthusiasts!

What have I got

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 12:30

The tiny flowers remind me of pyracantha or cotoneaster, but they have red, orange or yellow berries ( fruits ) and their leaves ( which are MUCH smaller than these ) do go a lovely bright red in autumn.  Fascinating mystery!  Someone on the site will solve it for you!  All the best with it!

Ground Elder

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 08:31

I've commented on another post today, about the same's that time of year when good old ground elder makes itself known, isn't it?  'Bishop Weed', they call it up here in Scotland.

The Romans introduced it apparently.  Gee, thanks, guys.  They used it in salads, and pigs apparently enjoy rooting it up and feasting on the entire plant.  As most of us probably don't have access to a handy hungry and selective pig I suppose we either put up with it or hit it with the glyphosate.

I noticed myself actually TALKING to my ground elder the other day, as I was weeding it out of a flower bed.  I make no wonder the blasted thing keeps thriving!

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