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What is this bush/tree/plant?

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by mrs quoad, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Nadie espera a la babosa española

    Even with my glasses on I had to look really close to check it wasn't just a bee on a flower. :)
  2. mr steev

    mr steev unkempt clacker

    Has anyone got an idea what this strange thing is that's appeared in my garden?
    It started off as an alien looking spikey stalk like this

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    Then a couple of weeks ago it went a bit crazy

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    and looks like it's going to flower

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  3. Leafster

    Leafster Pottering leads to procrastination

    It looks like it could be some kind of Euphorbia but I have no idea which!

    ETA: I think it might be this one: Euphorbia Lathyris
  4. mr steev

    mr steev unkempt clacker

    Cheers. :)

    Yeah, I just did a quick google of Euphorbia's and that's what it looks like... quite poisonous, so probably not the best thing to have growing around a 2 year old!
  5. geminisnake

    geminisnake a complex mass of conflicting ideas

    There are a lot of plants that are poisonous. Do you have daffodils in the garden?? The foliage is highly toxic so keep an eye on the wee one while they're out there if you do.
  6. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Nadie espera a la babosa española

    Caper spurge. Not the right sort to put on your pasta ! :eek:
    And you may want to wear gloves if you're handling it. (caustic sap)

    I like Euphorbias though - surreal greeny yellow bracts.

    I must sow some castor oil plants next year ....

    .. though ricin has been hyped up so much it gives me the willies just handling the seeds.
  7. Leafster

    Leafster Pottering leads to procrastination

    I like Euphorbias too! They come in a huge range of varieties from things like Lathyris and pointsettia through to almost cactus-like plants.

    I've got a Euphorbia amygdaloides Purpurea growing in the garden like this:

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    ... and as my "Crown of Thorns" had outgrown its pot indoors I've optimistically put it in the garden.

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    I'm pretty sure it won't cope with a winter but I've got a couple more indoors still.
  8. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Nadie espera a la babosa española

    Now you've reminded me it's time to get myself another Crown of Thorns - so cheerful. :)

    I was a bit disappointed to find out that poinsettias don't actually have toxic sap. ;)
  9. kabbes

    kabbes kah-bus

    Those euphorbia thingies are right fuckers to get to stop growing out of places you don't want them to grow.
  10. Maurice Picarda

    Maurice Picarda Reflounced. None of you are worth bothering with.

    Armpits?
  11. kabbes

    kabbes kah-bus

    Right Guard? Right This Way Please Mr Euphorbia, more like.
  12. Will2403

    Will2403 Well-Known Member

    Finished giving my tree/bush a haircut today... it's only taken about a year. But what is it???

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  13. Will2403

    Will2403 Well-Known Member

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    i think it's an improvement :)
  14. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Nadie espera a la babosa española

    No idea what the bush was/is from this distance, but I think I spy a lot of golden rod (solidago) in the bed in front of it ..
  15. quimcunx

    quimcunx jesus tonsils

    What do you think these are meant to be?

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  16. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Nadie espera a la babosa española

    I see a rose, and sunflowers for a start, perhaps some maize ...
  17. quimcunx

    quimcunx jesus tonsils

    I don't really need so much help with roses and sunflowers...

    Just googled maize and I don't think so.
  18. fogbat

    fogbat you're just a dickhead like everyone else.

  19. geminisnake

    geminisnake a complex mass of conflicting ideas

    Maybe honeysuckle are the ones above the rose quimmy.
  20. quimcunx

    quimcunx jesus tonsils

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    honeysuckle looks like a distinct possibility, cheers.

    The other one, lily, lotus flower, orchid, something rhyzomy?
  21. kabbes

    kabbes kah-bus

    Are you sure they aren't just "generic flowers"?
  22. Will2403

    Will2403 Well-Known Member

    i think these innocent lookin dudes are going to turn into horrible spikey beasts...
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    i like the look of this little guy, as far as i can see, he's the only one of his kind in the wilderness
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    these are my favourites, what are they and how do i make more of them?
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    mostly golden rod and nettles, these have got to go...
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    what's this? is he a keeper?
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  23. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

  24. Will2403

    Will2403 Well-Known Member

    i'd like to get some branches and leaves to cover up the trunk, but how?
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    quite like this, the bark is very dry and cracked, looks good imo.
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    i like the flowers and so do the bees, but it wraps around everything and is a bit annoying really, what is the best thing to do with it?
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    pretty sure this is mint!
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  25. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Pretty sure that's not mint. Looks like dog's mercury. Crush one of the leaves and if it's not minty it's not mint.
  26. Will2403

    Will2403 Well-Known Member

    more ground elder...
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    this is the tree/bush i cut down yesterday...
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    should i chop the other branches off, will it still grow back?
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    i like these
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  27. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Nadie espera a la babosa española

    The thing you cut back looks like forsythia - named by one of Bruce's ancestors - yellow flowers before leaves ?

    I'm never sure about how far back you can cut it or how late - I think it will flower on the new wood that grows this year.

    The bottom thing looks like some sort of potentilla - strawberry relative - or a geum - I suspect it will spread all by itself ...

    ... on the other hand, buttercups also have 5 petals ... :hmm:
  28. quimcunx

    quimcunx jesus tonsils

    No. But they are quite specific looking for generic flowers.
  29. geminisnake

    geminisnake a complex mass of conflicting ideas

    post112 pic 3 looks lily like to me, but could be willow herb. Hard to tell from the photo. The foliage surrounding the spiky thing in pic2 is imo a horrid weed with stinky flowers that deserves to die 100 deaths.

    post 114, divert some of the white periwinkle(iirc) pic3 to the bottom of the tree, let it climb up that or get a honeysuckle, bees love that too. I'm with Mrs M on pic 4, looks herby but not mint.

    post 116 pic 4 another(imo) bloody weed!!

    I can send you poppy seeds if you want better wild flowers :)
  30. geminisnake

    geminisnake a complex mass of conflicting ideas

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