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Plant i d please

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 19:57

Crocosmia (used to be called montbretia)


Posted: 05/08/2015 at 19:55

How many LilyP ? 

privet hedge sickly at base

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 19:53

Is it Elaeagnus x ebbingei?

Problem Hedge

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 19:34

Hi Cate and welcome

I think the main hedge is a mixture of lilac and privet (they're related and lilac is sometimes grafted onto privet so that might explain the mixture).

The tall one with the weird smell is Elder (it will have white elderflowers in the early summer followed by elderberries in the winter.  If you don't like it just chop it back or even down to ground level each spring to keep it under control. 

The maple-like leaf is a sycamore seedling - it'll get huge like a forest tree if you let it so just keep chopping it down at the base.

The creeper with the white flowers is Russian Vine - it will spread and spread if you let it, but it's pretty so just keep cutting it back each autumn.  Don't let it's wandering branches touch the ground or they'll root and grow new plants and then they'll take over!

The Winding Nightmare looks like wisteria - it's coming over from next door - they should keep it under control and prune it properly then it'll flower and be lovely.  If I were you I'd just keep cutting it back where it's invading your space.  You won't harm the plant and it needs to be kept in check.

As it's a rented property I'd not spend money on the hedge, but cut it back hard and give it a good tidy in the winter, it'll look ugly for a couple of months, and then you'll get fresh new leaves and a lovely green hedge again.

Hope that's helpful but please ask if you need more


Posted: 05/08/2015 at 19:15

Welcome back GWRS - glad you had a lovely time - my Aged Ps visited Malta quite a while back - they loved it.  Ma loved the carriage rides


Can someone have a look at the Privet Hedge thread?  I've zoomed in on the photos and I don't think it's privet

Even you hard hearts......

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 19:11

Thought you were doing it for artistic effect Hosta ...  I thought it was quite effective

Various problems :( pics included

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 19:10

Have they been short of water and wilted at any time?

privet hedge sickly at base

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 19:06

Are you sure that's privet?  It doesn't look like it to me when I zoom in, and I have got my new glasses on ...

Even you hard hearts......

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 18:30

  I'm not complaining - I watch and enjoy almost all of them - I liked The Instant Gardener and the Autistic Gardeners, love Carol K's series (reminds me a bit of Geoffrey Smith's World of Flowers - another very enthusiastic enthusiast ) .  I watched some of Mr T, I just don't think the more recent ones have been gardening programmes - doesn't mean they're bad programmes - just not to my taste

However I do enjoy GW

Bee boxes

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 17:53



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