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lolo
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:21 pm    Post subject: Help with identification ... Reply with quote

I just inherited a large established garden from my dad and have no idea how to take care of it. Alot of work was neglected in the last months of his illness. He always kept it lovely, with flowers in winter and summer and I would like to continue that in his memory. However, I have no clue how to. I can't even tell the weeds from the flowers with confidence!

I started by pruning some shrubs, which I hope will not now die as a result in the coming weeks! I also have begun weeding out the flower beds - but there are a few items I am not sure whether to pull or not and was hoping people could help me identify them.

Also, anyone have a good recommendation for a comprehensive beginners book?

Many thanks!

Here are some pics taken today if anyone knows what they are??
http://picasaweb.google.com/lornakane/IdentifyPlantsAndShrubs?feat=directlink
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Iolo, and good luck with your new project.
To help you get started, it would be a good idea to ask a friend with gardening experience to help you in the early stages, till you at least start to recognize the weeds! People who love gardening love to share their knowledge. All you need is a little advice and someone to turn to and very quickly your confidence ( and your know-how ) will grow.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lolo,

Where abouts are you? I'm coming over to ROI in a couple of weeks and could maybe stop by to help if you're near where I'm going.

Geoff Hamilton wrote loads of books here in the UK & I'm sure they would be available via Amazon. The ideal would be 'Gardeners' World Practicle Gardening Course' (The paperback version was published in 2000ISBN 0 563 55163 1)

Good Luck,

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one was easy enough for me anyway. White flowering heater possibly springwood white, worth keeping I would say.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MuddyWitch wrote:
Lolo,

Where abouts are you? I'm coming over to ROI in a couple of weeks and could maybe stop by to help if you're near where I'm going.


Why don't we form a 'hit team'? Made up of experienced gardeners who are willing to visit beginners etc. to help with this sort of thing. Give them practical advice on what to do and how to do it.
This is a very valuable forum, but I'm sure we all agree that hands on help can't be beaten and could often prevent a beginner being lost to the hobby via frustration.
People could post for help within an area and some of us experienced people could be willing to call in with advice.
I know care would have to be taken, but maybe it's worth looking into. A list of people, say with the areas they are willing to call to after a PM from the person with queries.
I know, myself I have difficulty with the photographs and feel more comfortable seeing the item then giving advice.
Just a thought.
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