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widgetwilk annwidgetwilk ann North NorfolkPosts: 351
Anyone got one of these?? how can I control it, had it 2 years, it's gone mad, but I love the flowers.

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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,245
    After it's finished flowering, you can restrain it by cutting out the oldest flowering stems to the ground (about a third of the bush) each year. You can also take out any suckering shoots. I like it as well as the flowers are unusual. 
  • widgetwilk annwidgetwilk ann North NorfolkPosts: 351
    Great thanks, so will wait till spring? Then sharpen the secotairs?
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,245
    Yes. The common name is Pheasant berry, apparently so called because when the berries arrive, they are so heavy and numerous, the branches bow down towards the ground - in reach of the pheasants that love them.
  • widgetwilk annwidgetwilk ann North NorfolkPosts: 351
    Thanks Lizzie, but have no pheasants, have not seen the birds go for them.
  • MuddyForkMuddyFork North HampshirePosts: 435
    Robins, Wrens and Blackbirds love the berries later in the year.
  • widgetwilk annwidgetwilk ann North NorfolkPosts: 351
    Thanks, usually have lots of blackbirds, will look out for them.
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