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Old Tuesday 14th October 2008, 21:44
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With all those berries on those bushes, the birds sure must like it.
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Old Sunday 19th October 2008, 12:30
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First two are spindle, they used to grow in the woods back in Kent near where my parents lived I think they are just fabulous, saw some at Knowle gardens a couple of weeks ago too.
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Old Monday 20th October 2008, 12:03
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The first two pictures look like Spindle to me. I think the second set of photographs is Guelder Rose.

I have both of these growing in my own native hedge I planted for wildlife but the hedge is still young so it hasn't fruited yet.
Hi Honesty

Thank you for your reply and it is good to know what the species are. Guelder now that is one rose i have not heard of. The only 'wild' rose that is distinctive to me is the 'Dog Rose'

There are a lot of different species at Grafham and i could go on for ever about them.

Love to see a piccie of your hedge once the hedge has developed. Hopefully the berries are on their way soon!!

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With all those berries on those bushes, the birds sure must like it.
Hi Richard

The birds must have a field day, and there are so many berries to choice from. Berries must be the colour red solely for the purpose to attract birds to pass on new seeds elsewhere.
Isn't nature wonderful.

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First two are spindle, they used to grow in the woods back in Kent near where my parents lived I think they are just fabulous, saw some at Knowle gardens a couple of weeks ago too.
Hi Peony

I have to say I agree with you that the Spindle is one 'attractive' bush I would love in my garden.

It is very distinctive, and colourful at this time of the year.
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Old Monday 20th October 2008, 13:42
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Guelder Rose isn't actually a rose. Now then, that's complicated things, hasn't it?

Spindle is great. It is one of the indicators of ancient woodland and hedges. In the old days the wood of the spindle was used to make .... wait for it ....spindles!
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Gue++lder Rose is actually Viburnum opulus.

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Old Tuesday 21st October 2008, 14:31
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Gue++lder Rose is actually Viburnum opulus.

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hi Dave

Never knew that Rose was not part of the plant heritage at all.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viburnum_opulus

The link gives more information here, and I find I very interesting to know.
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Old Tuesday 21st October 2008, 16:09
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I've just treated myself to a Sarcococca, otherwise known as the Christmas box, and flowers from December to March. It is very fragrant with white flowers followed by black berries which I hope the birds will like this Winter.
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Old Tuesday 21st October 2008, 19:26
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You will love it, Cicely, that is such a good choice of plant. I first came across this at the Butterfly House at Syon, it was growing outside of the door to the entrance. I was smitten by the scent and had to ask the staff inside what it was. They kindly let me take a cutting and from that I still have three small plants which I have grown from seed (they are very slow growing). I am also growing a small hedge of christmas box adjacent to the path by my front door.

Be warned though, not everyone loves the scent as I do. Occasionally I get visitors saying during the winter, "Pooh, what's that pong!".
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I had a sarcoccoca that I inherited at my last house. We had a set back doorway and it flooded it with the sweetest scent! Overpowering at times. I got one when we came here and grow it in a pot. When it flowers I bring it into the porch and the scent is heavenly! I saw plants at the local nursery last week and will get another couple. It is evergreen, rather boring to look at, even the flowers are minuscule and minute, BUT THE SCENT especially in the midst of winter is FABULOUS! The books say it spreads and suckers but I can't say I've noticed. Judi
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That is going on my list of plants to investigate!
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