Ok quick background story here. We moved into our new house in July of '06 and saw quiet a few things around the yard that were very nice. In cleaning out the home, that was packed from ceiling to floor with just stuff, I found a lot of floralist type items, books and refrence guides, old newletters for gardening and home maker groups and the like. Then the sellers agent came by one day to see how the house as coming along. She had grown up with the family that owned the home for the last 55 years so knew the hostory well. She told us all about the previous owners and the fact that the wife was an avid gardener, the regional garden clubs advisor on african violets and well known in the gardening community. Now don't I feel horrible, because I am NOT a gardener. I have been basically been given the gift of these wonderful gardens and no idea what this stuff is.
Now the husband passed away some years ago, the wife was in a nursing home her last year and a half of life and then passed on. In these years the house was left neglected. There are noset beds of flowers, nothing has been pruned, weeded or cared for in years. We have an old flag stone retaining wall that had caved in before we even looked at the home, the grass is 1/2 dead, many bushes and trees are 1/2 dead and what flowers we can find are over grown and not in proper beds you can see any longer (I have found the remains of some brick or stone borders)
So I am out trying to clear some things up and figure out what I have out here.
I do know certain plants and can readily identify them. We have very mature lilac trees in various varieties, I have 2 climbing rose bushes and have found about 6 cutting rose bushes, discovered some more peonies today and box woods. Theres a lot though I have no clue what it is.
This is a bush outside the back door on the right side of the house, that was full of tiny white flowers last week but they are now dying.
close up and then the whole thing
these are on the left side of the house, I believe azaleas
no idea what these are I refer to them as the snow balls
heres one of the full treessorry it's side ways blogger wasn't letting me upload images.
more on the right side of the house
I couldn't get a good picture but this stuff is all over the yard not sure if it's on purose or if it's weeds.
some really over grown peonies on the right side of the house
these are what the boys refer to as the 007 flowers
no idea are they weeds?
I don't find them really attractive and if someone can identify them as weeds I can rip them out.
And then I found this
it's t the right of the peonies in the 2nd picture, the tallest thing you see here. The leaves are green on green spotted they aren't bugs or eggs. I have no idea what this plant is.
There is much more but the memory card was full and I have a TON more work to do.
If anyone can identify anything here I'd greatly appreciate a comment, or even if not sure but you think it might be I could then google it and see if it matches and then get care instructions.
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