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straush

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help identify a bush which the bumblebees like a lot
« on: April 12, 2020, 14:29:32 »
we have this bush which i would like to propagate - assuming cuttings will do.  But i do not know what it is.

is anyone able to assist.

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help identify a bush which the bumblebees like a lot
« on: April 12, 2020, 14:29:32 »

ACE

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Re: help identify a bush which the bumblebees like a lot
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2020, 14:35:35 »
Ribes, flowering currant, easy to take cuttings, leaves should smell like a black  currant bush when crushed.

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Re: help identify a bush which the bumblebees like a lot
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2020, 14:40:22 »
Forgot to say, it will prune and shape to tidy it up, preferably just after flowering. Just when you want your cuttings.

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Re: help identify a bush which the bumblebees like a lot
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2020, 14:44:13 »
brilliant thanks -looks like i had to take hardwood cuttings in winter ... (from rhs website)


think i can take a chance and do it after flowering  ?

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Re: help identify a bush which the bumblebees like a lot
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2020, 15:26:20 »
Hardwood, soft wood, layering, they all work with this one. It even has a 'hairy' leaf for leaf cuttings. I found one called white icicle  in a garden we were cleaning up. It had really got out of hand, but it had rooted everywhere it touched the ground. I have a nice one in the garden taken from our tidying up :icon_cheers:

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Re: help identify a bush which the bumblebees like a lot
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2020, 11:21:48 »
Ace,
Is this similar in growth habit to a buddleia?
Iím looking for bee & butterfly friendly shrubs for my garden

Debs  :icon_flower:

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Re: help identify a bush which the bumblebees like a lot
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2020, 09:54:40 »
Hi Debs,

It's not as rampant as buddleia and less woody so it's easier to keep in shape. Likes sun best, but will flower in shade. Ours was a blow-in or, more likely a bird dropping, is in a hedge on the north of our garden with the house blocking a lot of sun.

As far as  I am aware, they are tough as old boots.

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Re: help identify a bush which the bumblebees like a lot
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2020, 10:27:42 »
Ace,
Is this similar in growth habit to a buddleia?
Iím looking for bee & butterfly friendly shrubs for my garden

Debs  :icon_flower:
Other easy to grow possibilities:
rosemary
lavender
hebe
korean mint (perennial)
Freelance cultivator qualified within the University of Life.

 

anything