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MTB79MTB79 Posts: 47

Hi, 

This stuff has appeared behind my Dad's garage and in his flower beds this year, it is growing very quickly, anyone any idea what it is?

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa) I think.  NOT Japanese knotweed thankfully!

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • MTB79MTB79 Posts: 47

    Thank you!

    It's pretty so he wants to leave it, as long as it's not overly invasive or damaging, think it would be ok?

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    As long as you cut it back hard in the spring (similar to buddleia) so it doesn't grow too big it should be fine. image

    Last edited: 25 September 2016 11:57:18

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,628

    Not a thug here.  I had one which was happy, grew well, flowered well and had a baby, which I was pleased about, and then one hard winter I lost both.  

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,444

    Blackbirds love the fruit, which is a bonus.  image

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,565

    I have a golden leaved variety that appeared in the garden.
    It grows to about 4ft each year and I cut it back to 6" in the spring.
    I seem to remember that the fruits are edible, and I have tried them. A bit like a bland nutmeg flavour.

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

     One of its alternative names is Himalayan flowering nutmeg Pete, so that makes sense. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,565

    Cheers Bob - you live and learn.. 

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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