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NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,606
This is popping up all over the wilder parts of my garden, first time I have seen it flowering, so first time I have noticed it. Any ideas? Thanks.


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  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 6,668
    It's hard to get perspective from the photo.  How big are the flowers.  They look a bit like privet to me.
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368
    Looks like Privet to me as well, has it got a strong sweet scent?
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,606
    Hi, it has quite small leaves, the white flowers are tiny and the spikes are about 7cm long, it does have a sweet scent up close. It’s in the nearby hedgerows too, so definitely wild rather than planted, I think.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,129
    edited June 2018
    I thought privet too. Perhaps it seeds around  in your conditions Nollie, although it also layers itself  :)
    Normally we'd propagate it by cuttings. I know it's common - but I rather like privet. Insects love the flowers. It stays green up here in winter usually, because of the high rainfall. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,606
    I think that must be it, online photos look identical, thanks everyone. It seems harmless enough so will let it do its thing, but what do you mean, fairygirl that it layers itself?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,347
    edited June 2018
    I think privet too. Love the smell ... reminds me of summer hols in rural Brittany.  Great for insects. It's good to see it allowed to have its head and grow to its potential and covered with blossom rather than the usual clipped hedge. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,129
    If a stem touches the ground,  and the conditions are suitable, it'll take root. You can peg them down to make it easier. For instance -if you want to increase plants for a hedge . I doubt if many people do it though, as it grows and spreads out quite rapidly   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,568
    Great ID.  I have one of these in a hole in membrane on a slope here.  It's sharing it with a culinary bay and one of those horrid yellow button thingies.  I'm assuming one was planted and t'other pair just arrived.   Now I know I shall try and move it to a hole in our mixed and loose, informal hedge where it can grow and flower happily along with the viburnum, weigelia, Japanese honeysuckle, photinia and the rest.  
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,606
    Thanks for the explanation, fairgirl. I have just been for a walk in a different part of the woods to my normal route and they are absolutely everywhere, so they are certainly doing fine by themselves. Must have been the monsoon rains we have had, encouraging them to burst into flower.
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