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Help identifying mystery plants

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 22:49

Hi, I too think number 4 is a currant bush.  Smell the leaves and that will give you a clue as blackcurrant leaves smell lovely.

Help with Identification please

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 14:37

Yes I also know it as Pink Purslane

Help with Identification please

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 20:50

I reckon it is a white version of Claytonia sibirica.  I have pink Claytonia in my garden and it is very pretty but seeds around a lot.  I believe it is rich in Vitamin C and is why it was called miner's lettuce.  The leaves are quite succulent.


Do you live in Cornwall?

Unknown beetle..

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 22:46

Have you tried putting a bird feeder, maybe some fat balls near to the Rosemary and Lavender bushes to let the birds have a go at clearing them for you.

I'm not preaching but we kill everything we don't like and then complain there are no bees, butterflies or birds.

think of the blackbirds Monty !

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 19:10

Thanks for the picture Terri.  I will go out and check mine for berries now.  They do look like typical honeysuckle succulent berries but I'm sure I've never had any on mine.  So mine could be Lonicer purpusii maybe.  Don't know.

Incidentally as you all like birds on this thread, we were visited at the weekend by a male pied flycatcher for the very first time in the 8 years that we've lived here.  He may have taken up residence in a a spare box as I've seen him go in a few times. (Incidentally we live about 6 miles from Lake Vyrnwy which gets them every year.  Looks as though one has ventured over the hill!) 

I have nesting bluetits in one box and I fastened some very spiky stems of Rubus cockburnianus on top and that has stopped the female kitten in her tracks.


think of the blackbirds Monty !

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 23:12

I've never had pink grapes on my honeysuckle, which quite honestly by this time of year is just a mess. So I will be following Monty's advice and pruning mine earlier next year.  Terri, I know there are two different species of winter flowerring honeysuckle so I wonder if yours is the other one.

I will not be worrying about the nesting birds also as they have plenty of better places to nest in which are not so close to the house.

New Zealand Flax Flower

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 20:49

Lost all my Phormiums winter before last, even the plain green ones.  They also never flowered either.  I think it is just too cold in Mid Wales.

what are these?

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 20:45

I wouldn't describe Hesperis matronalis as an invasive weed.  It's a beautiful scented lilac flowering plant that I have managed to lose over last winter.  It is a bit like Phlox.

I think an american website might call it a weed.  Don't know where it comes from.

what are these?

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 19:13

I think the first plant is a willowherb but not the Rosebay willowherb.  There are lots of different sorts.  Broad leaved comes to mind.  You'll know better when it flowers.  Don't want to make a guess at all at the second one. Yet.


Talkback: Creeping buttercup

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 19:05

I find creeping buttercup a menace too.  It spreads through borders and smothers less robust plants.  It also has very dense roots that hold on hard and it is difficult to pull up.  I actually don't mind it in the lawn as mowing keeps it in check a bit but if it is given good rich soil it can grow quite tall and as I say take over other plants.


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