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Vomit plant?

Hi everyone,

quick introduction, I'm new to gardening but love the prospect, my family adopted a council property in cranleigh Surrey last august, and we had a garden previously but not to this scale, it's a classic old school council garden, very generous space, very long.

We are novice gardeners but by the time we have spent a few years sorting this garden out and with your help we should be able to feel a bit more confident.

So to start me off my first question to you lovely lot is..

What kind of bush or shrub or other could be making such a beautiful smell, it's fairly localised but I can't pinpoint it at all.

Basically it stinks of puke!

Ive smelt it before here and there during my life, is it a bush that gives off this stench at a particular time of year or after rain?

i don't like it!

thanks for any ideas.





  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,233

    Flowering privet. Privet is usually clipped well so does not flower, but if it has not been clipped for a year or so, it flowers and stinks.

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    Some people hate the smell of mayflowers, I don't mind it, it could be that.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,536

    I think Viburnum Tinus smells of puke, but ,strangely , not close up, only from a couple of metres away.

  • Thanks we have lots of privet around, I cut mine yesterday but the neighbours may well be harbouring a non trimmed bush!

    the may flower is something I've not spotted, I'll do a hunt.

    So vibernum tinus I may well have.. and if it is this your right, it doesn't smell of vomit close up.

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Also Iris Foetidissima smells awful. What shrubs/flowers are in the vicinity of the smell? Post a pic which may help us. 

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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    Sorry for the poor pic, could this be v tinus? 

  • Gosh there are loads of different ones, I'll start to upload possible culprits as I can. 

    Thanks you everyone for your time replying thus far . 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,233

    Privet when it flowers has panicles of  small white flowers. 

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  • I think I may have tracked it down, this is the neighbours, 

    looks like it's being savaged by something but I just did a sniff test ( didn't look weird at all ) and I think I'm getting traces of sick. as you point out, worse from a distance 

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