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Latest posts by Jimbolena

Unknown Plant

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 20:56

Hi thanks for the id. I've never seen fruit yet, just flowers....


Unknown Plant

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 20:02

SW Scotland, nutcutlet, Dumfries.


I have a garden the size of a postage stamp so may think about this plant, I've an idea for a small pond, right where that plant lives so am now not worried about cutting it back hard.

Unknown Plant

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:59

Creeping Chinese bramble, sounds dangerous - not suitable for small gardens..


Thank you to Lizness and nutcutlet for identifying that for me.

It does grow really quick, even in cold Scotland so I won't worry about how hard I cut it back. Thanks very much for all your help.

Unknown Plant

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:20

I do have one lead, sort of. The chap I got it from was an officer, retired. He had lots of friends who travelled alot. He himself travelled all around the middle east so perhaps someone got a bit from abroad.

I always just assumed it was ornamental rhubarb or miniature Gunnera. It's a puzzle.

Unknown Plant

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:14

I, a little bit.

Unknown Plant

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:08

Could it be an Ivy? Being an irritant. The leaves are that kinda shape...

Unknown Plant

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:05

I noticed that it's best to wear gloves when handling it, my wife keeps it in check, cutting it from the steps every year, the first time she cut it back she came out in a rash, so it's sap must be an irritant. It's quite hardy and never loses it's colour.

An old chap, since died, got it from a friend and planted it in his garden, or I did as I was his gardener. When he died, I took anything worthwhile taking. The new owners of his house were extending the drive so anything in way was being obliterated. Shame.

So I inherited this plant, it never seems to seed but I'm sure it must. I'd love to give folk cuttings but they never seem to take, I could root off the mother but posting would be difficult.

If you're willing to try and grow from cuttings, I can send to anyone who'd like a bit.

Just email me with your address and I'll send a bit for nothing.

Unknown Plant

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 18:55

We thought it might be ornamental rhubarb or even Gunerra (spelling) but really have no clue. It's actually quite hard to grow on but it grows like mad when it finally takes. I've taken cuttings but they never grow so I just root it off the mother, it roots very easily then.

Unknown Plant

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 18:37


I got this plant when it was basically a barely rooted cutting and it was back when my garden had no ground cover so I was just hoying plants in willy nilly, better than weeds was my reasoning.

Please see this photo....


 I've had it in the garden for 5 years and cut it back quite a bit each year, it grows over the steps very quickly. For the first time, last year, it flowered. I think it was because we had a really long spell of heat. It had never flowered before and my wife and I were thrilled.

We haven't seen it in any other garden here in SW Scotland.




Posted: 09/08/2013 at 22:23

Here's a few photos of the big boy I've to deal with.....


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