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Please help identifying this Berry producing Plant

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 12:41

So this plant is mixed in with another next to front door, hideous combination that will be replaced with a much nicer looking climber,
The wife wants to know if the berries can be used for Gin?!

As many of the berries are past their best we figured will harvest the lot as we take it out.

Of course I'm now expecting you folks to tell me they needed another week?!

Any help would be gratefully received!


What Bee friendly climber for West Facing wall???

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 11:08

Just to add I have a £35 voucher for Burncoose!

What Bee friendly climber for West Facing wall???

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 10:34

Want to replace the hideous looking collection of plants which include a Holly and some sort  evergreen next to our west south west facing front door, so lots of strong light in afternoons.

Not really looked at the front garden yet but I think we'll be transforming the lawn into a wildflower meadow,
We're keen on helping attract the wildlife to our city home and helping the Bees out is a key priority.

Initially I really wanted a Wisteria but it turns out they're a big no no with Dogs?!

So I guess my question is;
What would be your climber choice for a west facing wall that the Bees will love?!  

id the plants in my garden!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 18:31

Wow! That was quick! 
Thank you so much! 
Now I can look at how best to care for them!

12. Is a Quince! I was told last year but forgot!

id the plants in my garden!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 18:18

Here's a big one for you all! 

Loads of plants/shrubs/trees to identify! 

I'm new to gardening and I'm not all that good at matching illustrations/photos in books to the real thing!


2. This one has some amazing Tall stalky type flowers come August.

 3. This one is covered in thorns and I believe had some sort of Orange berry during summer.


 5. Amazing looking tree!


6. Have a couple of these, Some bigger than others biggest been is a small tree with berries.



8. I believe is a climber although this one has nothing to climb up bar a low fence!

9. Have loads of these large leafed low lying plants, They flowered over winter!

 10. Large Grass.


11. My Favorite! Lovely looking flower!


12.Neighbours bush peeping through, Amazing bright flowers, Squirrels love it and there are Yellow fruits on them by august/September.


13. Low lying plant




Best way to i.d this plant?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 19:10

£2.81 via Amazon, Purchased! Many Thanks Rosie31!

Apple Tree prognosis

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 17:00

Its the Apple tree up foreground and the Cherry tree behind,
Unfortunately it was the best shot I could get!

I believe the Apple Tree was there when the house was originally built in 58!

We've seen it since May/June last year when we moved in and it seems healthy enough, but the truth is I'm not keen on using the Apples.

Apple Tree prognosis

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 16:38

Apple Tree pruning time! First time Pruner and first time Apple tree owner!

(Note that there is a Cheery Tree behind that might make the Apple appear bigger!)

Done a little research on pruning and thought I'd go to work on taking any dead wood off, First piece I've sawn off seems to reveal a large dark hole which is pretty much heading down the main trunk of the tree!

Did I cut far too close to the trunk?

I also noticed on the other side a previous scar which comes in the form of a dark hole!

Is this something to worry about?

And I thought I'd also show you this which is I dare say has more "Dark Hole" inside although there are plenty of Shoots coming straight up (Water shoots?)

With what the state of the rest of the tree looking unloved and sorry for itself am I been too negative in thinking its seen better days?

I guess subconsciously I wouldn't be upset to see the tree gone, I love eating apples but not cooking them! plus it would allow me to get more sun to my planned raised beds.

Anyway before I go to far, is there anything that can be done to prevent the dark holes (I assume a disease/rot) from getting worse?

What would you do?




Best way to i.d this plant?

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 11:56

Thanks for identifying the Rhododendron for me! 
I must admit I remember the flowers when we viewed the house/moved in May/June, 
It does produce some amazing flowers but I have to put the security of the house over flowers this year plus allow though the plant is good condition, the actual shape is rather discombobulated!

When you say I can cut it right back/Hard Prune,
How far would that be?

Bare in mind the plant is around 6-7' tall!  I read that Feburary/March is the best time to hard prune.

Thank you each one of you for your help and advice I'm sure I'll be posting some more photos soon!

Best way to i.d this plant?

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 23:28

So this is my first post on here, first of many i should imagine! 
I've been a first time homeowner for 7 months now, and its taken me this time to divert my attention away from the decorating inside to the two wonderful sized gardens at the front and rear of our home!

Loads of plants a few trees, many of which are staying, some are going, but almost all need pruning! 
I've always enjoyed pottering around gardens but now having my own is making me think further ahead then a couple of pot plants!

Veg boxes are going in in next few weeks!  Greenhouse is been cleaned out but one Plant is bugging me more than others, Great big evergreen shrub in the front, Its a security nightmare, blocking light and view of the front door from the street, The wife doesn't feel safe with it been so intruding, I'm inclined to agree, Problem is as with most plants, I'm unsure of names and how/when best to prune?!

Where and how is the best place to identify plants? I guess a book or website? is there somewhere I can upload a photo and people can help but a name to a plant?

Is there an app? if not there should be!

I'll post a pic here anyway in hope some of you kind folk can help! 

I'd be very grateful!



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Please help identifying this Berry producing Plant

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Last Post: 12/07/2014 at 23:51

What Bee friendly climber for West Facing wall???

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Last Post: 07/06/2014 at 16:35

id the plants in my garden!

I'm new to plants and rubbish at matching pictures with real plants! 
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Last Post: 23/04/2014 at 22:42

Apple Tree prognosis

What sort of health is this tree in and what can I do too help? 
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Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 17:49

Best way to i.d this plant?

Where and how can a new gardener find out which plant is what?! 
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Last Post: 05/02/2014 at 19:47
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