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  1. Snorky85

    Snorky85 Total Gardener

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    I was just wondering if anyone else had "Beckie's bush"? She gave it to me at Shineyland but I can't remember what it actually is. Id been meaning to ask her. I really want to make sure it is looked after.

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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Leycesteria formosa.:smile:
     
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      Ah thanks @pete :) now to work out where to plant it...


      Just looked it up...it's a beauty. Got the perfect spot for it in my front garden :)
       
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        Needs to be at the back of the border. It can get rather tall if you let it.

        It's the tall plant, left of centre, above the grasses. A very architectural plant.

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          That's great @shiney. Got the perfect area for it.

          Do you cut it back each year? How long did it take to get that tall and is that In full sun?
           
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            @Snorky85 It's west facing with a 6ft fence behind it (you can just see it). So it doesn't get sun until around lunchtime.

            We used to cut some of ours down each year as they grow quite quickly but now we remove about one third of stems per year and cut back anything on the remaining ones that have dead flower heads.

            You can just see it in this picture in October 2017 when it was in its first year in the ground. Mrs Shiney did it from cuttings and was probably in its pot for two years. The ground there has lots of garden compost and horse manure. Some others that we have in the garden don't grow as vigorously as they're in shady areas with poorer soil - but they still grow happily, but thinner, to 6ft.

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              They can get rather large.
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                Thanks @shiney It will be a nice reminder of Beckie :redface:
                 
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                  It most definitely will Snorky..and very thoughtful of you.i have my chooks which are a great reminder of Beckie:wub2:
                   
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                    It will go nicely in your garden and you can keep it under control if it's getting too big. :blue thumb:
                     
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                    I'm growing this in my mixed hedge. Had a few gaps and wanted to create privacy. They are taking a while to get going but i heard they can get to 6-8 foot. Hopefully will see some more growths in their 3rd year in ground next year. I guess it will take a few years. I also have the golden one which looks beautiful.
                     
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                    The golden leafed variety looks quite impressive as well. We have found that it tends to grow more compact and the flowers not quite as big - but a good contrast.

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                    Here are photos of mine. Both planted at same time in spring 2019. Hopefully will see alot more growth next year as still a bit smaller than I wanted. I've propagated them easily be from cuttings too. The golden one is very pretty.
                     

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