What’s Growing in my Cottage Garden

No. 1

What’s Growing in my Cottage Garden? Well the sun is still shining gals…so off I went into my garden today to have a good look at all the lovely roots and shoots appearing, we moved here in the winter when everything was well and truly dead!…and here we are in March…with everything coming alive!.

No. 2

Now I am not an experienced gardener…and only really know the basics in plants…but I have all these new shrubs growing in the garden…that I really know nothing about…so I thought that perhaps you gals and guys could help me here!…Now obviously I know that the flowers below are daffodils! But as to everything else, I have no idea…!

I would really love some help here, especially with the nurturing of them too, like the one below….it looks to me like they could eventually be tulips…or perhaps more daffodils ??

No. 3

No. 4

And this flower above is absolutely beautiful…they are growing in a clump, by the old out house…in this lovely dusty mauve colour….what are they? How do I look after them?

No. 5

Is this a weeeeed!!!!
LOL! or could it be something else! I have noticed a few insects have been nibbling away here! Eeek! What shall I do about it??

No. 6

…And look at this lovely bud….Isn’t it exciting! not knowing how it will end up, what it will look like….it looks like a little chick to me, so vulnerable…and yet so perfect!…What will this perfect little bud grow into? Please help!

No. 7.

..And shouldn’t this little red berry guy be dead by now…shouldn’t it be budding around christmas time!!! and dying off by now…is it poisonous? will Max be OK in the garden? Oh dear should I get a book from the library??

No. 8

I’ve bought this one from Columbia Road…to decorate for Easter…or Have I??
What is this one called…it reminds me so much of Springtime…
I have an Ivy growing at the bottom of it will it be OK?
Thanks so much for your help gals – I look forward to hearing from you.

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  1. Diana
    27th April 2010 / 7:10 am

    Sorry this is a year late but I have only just found your blog – to quote that well known guy – I'll be back – frequently. Just realised from the 2010 pictures that the first on this list is a flowering currant. The leaves are probably 'currant scented' and it is related to the black currant it is just grown for the flowers which are lovely and not the fruit which is pretty insignificant. Good luck with your makeover day – mother nature has given you a head start with all these gorgeous plants and how can it go wrong when you have got the right shoes!!

  2. C
    23rd July 2009 / 8:19 pm

    Hen had everything right actually – it's definitely not a clematis, it's a hellebore.

  3. jellybelly*jellybrain
    25th March 2009 / 9:14 am

    Number 4 is a clematis. They look really pretty when they’re in flower but can tend to look a bit straggly when they’ve finished. You can cut clematis back really hard in the autumn and it will withstand it – in fact it’s better if you do.No 5, yup that’s aqueligia. These are really pretty, and yes, technically it is a weed, but I love them so leave them. They come up here there and everywhere.No. 3 is a bulb of some sort – I;m wondering if it’s grape hyacinth? From the narowness of the leaves, I don’t think it’s a tulip.Experienced gardeners say you should leave an unknown garden for a year before doing anything to see exactly what is what.

  4. Anonymous
    20th March 2009 / 3:08 pm

    Not an experienced gardener?! looks like you have been blessed with very green fingers to me.xxlove the beautiful, cheery flowers.xxSumea

  5. Sophie
    19th March 2009 / 7:59 pm

    Je doute que tu reçoives ce message car les précédents n’ont jamais aboutis.Mais comme je suis très têtue, je tente à nouveau.J’adore ton univers.Venir chez toi me redonne toujours du tonus.Avec mon amitié.Sophie.

  6. Red Telly
    19th March 2009 / 1:32 pm

    I’m from Wisconsin in the US, but a few of these look very familiar to plants in my garden. I think #3 could be scilla, which is the first thing to appear in my garden in the spring. If so, it should get little blue flowers soon. And #5 is columbine, #8 forsythia. Unfortunately my garden is still half covered with snow, but it won’t be long before I see some green starting to appear!

  7. Amy
    19th March 2009 / 12:53 pm

    No. 5 may be a Columbine. How fun to have new things to pop up and discover like a treasure hunt before your very eyes!!!!Amy

  8. angela
    19th March 2009 / 5:02 am

    i nominated you for an award!

  9. Anonymous
    19th March 2009 / 3:40 am

    Okay…. so I am no help here in this department…. To me everything is a flower unless it has weird thorny things on it’s leaves, it makes my eye’s water and my skin break out in a rash… LOLThanks for you very special note to me today… it warmed my heart…Have a Great Day…Just A Gal…

  10. Hen
    18th March 2009 / 9:47 pm

    Sorry, me again. The Aquilegia is no 5 not 6, the one with leaves at the base that look a bit like cover. No 2 I think is St John’s Wort (I think its proper name is Hypericum), a shrub which bears yellow flowers in Summer.Hen x

  11. Hen
    18th March 2009 / 9:43 pm

    No 1 looks like a Daphne – does it smell nice? No 4 is a Hellebore, otherwise known as a Christmas Rose, you can get them in purple and white. They seed easily so you should get more baby plants growing nearby. No 6 is Aquilegia otherwise known as Granny’s Bonnet, they seed like mad and will flower in the Summer, a traditional cottage garden plant.. The last one is Forsythia, a shrub which flowers about now and as you say, very Easter/Spring-like.I hope I remembered all the numbers correctly!Hen x

  12. Kinderfalls Primitives
    18th March 2009 / 9:34 pm

    Hi, No 1 looks like a hyacinth (which you are very lucky hasn’t reverted back to looking like a pink bluebell), no. 3 could well be tulips, no. 5 looks like shamrock and no. 8 may be broom. I’d be careful about any berries on your garden plants, but, having got 4 grown up kids and 3 grandkids I’ve not lost one yet to tempting looking berries in the garden so your little one should be OK as long as you’re watchful.Pam xx

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