So I started gardening, part 2: the side bed and a survey of 'weeds'

In part 1 I talked about the "back bed", which was the largest "blank canvas" I have to work with, as there is virtually nothing planted in there except a few rush-y things, nor even has it been colonised by anything much. Elsewhere in the garden there are (or were) plenty of existing plants to take stock of. Side bed - before

Here's a shot of what I call the side bed, taken June 5th. (Exclude the bed with the lavender nearest the camera, which is the front bed - we're looking at the bit raised up on a 'kerb' behind that.)

On the left I was quickly told the bush is a hydrangea. It's overgrown, in the couple of years I've been here; I remember it being much tidier and compact when I moved in. On the right is what may look like another bush/tree, but on closer inspection turned out to be actually at least three different wannabe-trees of at least two different species, plus one dead one.

Don't know what these wannabe trees are, but they don't belong here anyway

Full size trees have no business being so close to the 'outhouse', so they all came out, without me bothering to identify what they were. Everything else, though, I set about pestering my parents, google and even the woman in the garden next door with endless questions to try and track down everything that was growing. I don't really like to call them 'weeds', and not just because some might have been deliberate choices - as far as I'm concerned, anything that started or continued growing here with no intervention from me is to be applauded. But neither can I really be bothered to use contrived language like "invasive or non-gardener-introduced or non-ornamental plants", so I suppose weeds it will have to be.

Campanula rapunculoides

Campanula rapunculoides

First thing I wanted to ID was this thing, crawling enthusiastically up my walls. Credit to the woman-next-door's-mother for tipping me to campanula - from there I eventually came to be 90-something percent sure that it's Campanula rapunculoides, but there are several other campanulas like poscharskyana which look very similar too, too similar to be certain by comparing a few google image searches to my garden. Anyway, it's really nice, the bees love it, thrives and spreads with no intervention, and once I noticed it in my garden, I soon noticed absolutely everywhere around my local area, adorning the garden walls of seemingly every nearby house that hasn't specifically planted something else.

Sweet violet?

Not sure what this white one is yet - sweet violet?

The only other flower visible in that initial long shot of the side bed is a white one, which has still defied precise identification, but I think (ok, my mum thinks) it's a sweet violet.

Geum urbanum (herb bennet)

Geum urbanum (herb bennet)

Of the 'weeds' that proliferate in the sidebed, this little yellow-flowered one doesn't strike me particularly pretty or interesting. I mean, the flowers look quite nice when you squint at that close-up photo, but they're fairly invisible compared to the volume of weed-looking foliage they generate. Still, until I have anything better to put in its place, any foliage and flowers is better than none, so I'm not systematically taking it out.

Geranium robertianum (herb robert)

Geranium robertianum

This one, on the other hand, I actually really like. The photo above is from the back bed, but it's present in the side one too. As "weeds" go, it seems very charming - not choking out a whole area but threading itself lightly on top and between everything like a hedgerow salt'n'pepper. I intend to leave it alone. In fact, in the subsequent weeks from this fictitiously-backdated blog post, I've found myself moving and carefully replanting bits of it to make way for a new plant, rather than just chucking on the heap of rubbish.

Epilobium parviflorum?

What is this weed?  Epilobium parviflorum?

Not quite sure about this one. Some sort of willowherb, anyway.

Cymbalaria muralis (Kenilworth ivy)

Kenilworth ivy

Fairly prolific in my walls. Just like the campanula, once I noticed it in my walls, I started seeing it in everybody's walls.

The next and last installment of my garden's "starting point" is the front bed.