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Whilst continuing clearing out the 'dumping' corner in preparation for the playhouse build, I found this (and three rose bushes hidden in the hedge, hurrah, but that's another story!)

I'm sure I saw this at a plant sale the other day - it smells quite minty? 

Of course, feel free to tell me I've been sniffing a weed :)




  • B3B3 Posts: 27,023

    If it smells minty ....

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • ... It's mint? :)


    I don't like it much to be honest, but I'm not giving it much of a chance without seeing it in flower :)

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,275

    It does look like a mint but it also looks like one of the verbenas (catmint). When it flowers it may be easier to identify it.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • KornoKorno Posts: 99

    The leaves look heart shaped? So it might be Great Bindweed
    But yes, you do need Nutcutlet image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,367

    Certainly not bindweed. 

    If it's mint it will smell like mint

    Catmints  (nepeta not verbena) also have a smell

    Teucrium hircanicum is a possibilty if no smell to the leaves

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Wah, well I was just about to buy a nepeta, maybe I should hold off for a bit?! It might not be the colour I want though. 

    Whoops, I got cross with it and may have been a bit brutal with it yesterday *shamefaced*. I'll dig it up and pot it until I see what the flowers are. It can't stay where it is, it's in the way of playhouse progress!

    Thanks all !

  • pickle61pickle61 Posts: 52

    looks like lemon balm to me. Melissa officinalis. it's a perennial from the mint family. it's lovely and well worth keeping. has a gorgeous smell. pinch out the growing tip to encourage it to bush out.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,367

    Have you sniffed this yet Keen?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • nutcutlet says:

    Have you sniffed this yet Keen?

    See original post

     Yep, it has a nice sweet yet minty smell. The stems are a bit fluffy, too.

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