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What is this plant??

Post by kt_dragonfly on Sun 16 May 2010 - 15:10

I wants one for my garden, was quite pretty couple weeks back with pinky flowers on!



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Post by Di Masters on Sun 16 May 2010 - 16:00

Bit difficult to see from your photo Kt but maybe a flowering currant. They have been in flower over last couple of weeks.

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Post by kimb on Sun 16 May 2010 - 17:24

is it called ribes or soemthing like that ,if so they take up a huge amount of space all for a few weeks of flowering .I agree they are a pretty shrub when in flower though . easy to grow so not too expensive either . do you know anyone who has one im sure it would not be too difficult to take a cutting .similar to hydrangeas and they are easy enough to do.
im sure patty or maria or lorraine can answer with more info though

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Post by Di Masters on Sun 16 May 2010 - 17:32

They do get big if you don't keep them in check, my neighbour has one which is 10 foot tall. Like Kim said they are pretty when in flower but not much to them once flowers gone so would need to be planted with other things if you want colour at other times.

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Post by kt_dragonfly on Sun 16 May 2010 - 17:33

kimb wrote:easy to grow so not too expensive either .

Thats what I like to hear Mr Green

I could always go pinch a cutting off the one in park lol!

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Post by Di Masters on Sun 16 May 2010 - 17:35

Go for a walk in the dark and no one will see you! lol

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Post by Maria on Sun 16 May 2010 - 18:50

yes I think it looks like a flowering currant too and i wouldnt bother with one to be honest for the reasons stated. You could put something in that space that would give interest for a longer period.

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Post by kt_dragonfly on Sun 16 May 2010 - 18:52

So what would you recommend thats similar?

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Post by Maria on Sun 16 May 2010 - 19:06

maybe kerria? its not similar, it has yellow flowers not pink but its a shrub which gets about that size and flowers well in spring and a bit more in autumn, its out for a fair while. If you really want pink flowers then Weigeila Florida Variegata is good and takes up less space. If you dont mind about flowers but just want a decent space filling shrub you could looks at choisya ternata sundance (the leaves go a lovely bright yellow, brightens the place up). Otherwise Id go for a lavatera (mallow) although that flowers June onwards really, but its a fast grower, an easy doer and the variety called Barnsley is espeically pretty.

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Post by kt_dragonfly on Sun 16 May 2010 - 19:10

Shocked ok gonna digest that, google the names of the plants and then go from there lol

Have to be honest, only time I have green fingers is if I've been using my peeled paint distress ink Mr Green

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Post by kimb on Sun 16 May 2010 - 20:29

choisya is a lovely shrub ,very cheerful and will fill a corner in any garden very well . i loved mine . i also loved my buddliea ( butterfly bush ) guess why i got rid of it though ,the clue is in the name .

a couple came to view my greenhouse today ,they are coming to collect it tuesday so we are then going to tidy up that space in the garden and make it all nice and pretty with a nice seat and fencing ,a few pots etc . ive not used it for 2 years now so its gone ,or almost gone

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Post by kt_dragonfly on Sun 16 May 2010 - 20:31

kimb wrote:i also loved my buddliea ( butterfly bush ) guess why i got rid of it though ,the clue is in the name .

Ooooooooo I likes the sounds of that Mr Green

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Re: What is this plant??

Post by Lorraine on Sun 16 May 2010 - 22:23

I have a flowering currant (ribes) with lime coloured leaves. It's lovely, but yep..takes over.
My buddliea needs cutting every year. It's another fast grower, Kate.

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Post by thriftycrafter on Mon 17 May 2010 - 19:47

Did you smell the one in the pic Kate? You might not want it if you did.

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