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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:10 pm    Post subject: Old garden - new gardener Reply with quote

I recently bought a house with a lovely garden - I know nothing about gardening but want to get a handle on the plants there at the moment. Here goes...
Flower 1 - in pot, sunny spot.


Flower 2 - in pot, sunny spot





Shrub 1 - in pot, full shaded spot



Tree 1 - in pot, sunny spot




Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forums.
Rather hard to id bare twigs.
Might be easier next spring when in leaf...or better still flower.
1. ?
2. ?

3. Shrub 1 - in pot, full shaded spot
Looks like a perennial Euphorbia robbiae.
Taller bit at back is the remains of the flowering stalk.
Be careful the latex white sap is toxic.
Wear gloves when dead heading etc.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=euphorbia+robbiae&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAWoVChMI5Jadi8XOyAIVSAoaCh3_6APV&biw=1536&bih=728

4. Tree 1 - in pot, sunny spot
Looks like a Prunus sp.
Possibly a cherry.

A bit of advice.
Don't rush to dig/move/plant until you have seen what comes up next year.
Garden might be full of hidden gems...bulbs etc.
Good luck!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Silver Surfer - point taken about identifying plants in winter - keen to get some idea though!

that's an excellent point about not doing anything for a season. I've planted a few bulbs but won't be doing much else. I think the previous owner was interested in gardening so I expect the garden to look great in summer as it is.

Interesting about the cherry tree - the owner mentioned a cherry tree was in the garden - I guess this is it.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All you need do is a little gentle tidying up, but not too much lest you disturb wildlife. Take photos from various salient points as the seasons progress - memory is fickle! And good luck with it all - it must be exciting. Don't be shy to look for help/advice here.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Good Guy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Corkgardener, welcome to IG.

All good advice there. Take your time, you never know what might come up in the spring!

I agree with Silver surfer on 3. I thought 4 might have been an apple, but they don't colour up like that, cherries do. Not a clue on 1 but 2 looks like something that I've been pulling out of the borders all day. I think it's Great Willowherb, a weed that seeds itself everywhere.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Sue
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think no 2 might be a Clematis ( early one)
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ado 2 wrote:
I think no 2 might be a Clematis ( early one)


2. Leaves don't fit for Clematis.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=clematis+leaves&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAWoVChMIyNmxjLPRyAIVCj8aCh06sQcG&biw=1536&bih=728

Sue's suggestion of Willow herb fits better.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Old garden - new gardener Reply with quote

corkgardener wrote:
I recently bought a house with a lovely garden - I know nothing about gardening but want to get a handle on the plants there at the moment. Here goes...
Flower 1 - in pot, sunny spot.


Flower 2 - in pot, sunny spot





Shrub 1 - in pot, full shaded spot



Tree 1 - in pot, sunny spot




Thanks in advance


number one looks possibly like a herbaceous salvia, 2 is a willow herb with some Symphiocarpos alba behind (white berry). spreas by rhizomes and seeds to, bit of a weed but nice white berry in winter. the euphorbia looks like E. amygdaloides.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually the cherry looks like a small Prunus serrula, tibetan cherry, lovely bark as it ages.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's great Honey Monster - thanks.


Anything I should be doing to keep the plants going til next year other than watering?
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