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fsphil



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:16 pm    Post subject: Trees Reply with quote

Hi all,

There is a tree in a neighbours garden that has these pink seeds or flower thingies (watch out, getting technical Wink) that hang down and quite small green leaves. The blue tits love it and spend a good part of their day exploring it. Does anyone know that it is called?


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If I where to take a cutting (with permission of course) and plant it in the front garden, would it grow? I definitely do not have green fingers so any advice is welcome!

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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Phil - it's more of a shrub than a tree, but Malcolm and I think it might be a flowering currant. We have one at the bottom of our garden, but the flowers are much darker than this - I'll see if we have a photo of it to show you. I don't know anything about growing things from cuttings - I think I'd just go to a garden centre and buy a "ready made" one! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello again Phil - I don't think we have a photo of our flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum is its scientific name), but there's a rather nice one here:

http://www.photographersdirect.com/buyers/stockphoto.asp?imageid=1590806

NB - one of our gardening books says that the new shoots can get lots of aphids on them - perhaps the bluetits are after those?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Elizabeth, that looks about right. At least I know roughly what it is now!

I thought maybe the blue tits where after caterpillars but aphids make more sense, since the blues where pecking at the flowers. Nasty looking bugs, so they're doing us a favour Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, It's a shrub not a tree, but can get quite big if not pruned.
Yes, should root quite easily from a cutting, or you may even find them self seeded in your garden.
I like the smell, but alot of people think it smells of cats.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a cutting and it did smell odd, but I didn't think of cats Smile

It's planted in the front garden, I was advised to cut of the flowers because they take to much energy for a plant with little or no roots. Will be interesting to see what happens now!

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