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Spirea Goldflame


Spirea Goldflame (Spirea)

Both the foliage and the flowers make this an interesting and colourful shrub. The foliage emerges each spring with a burnished bronze-red flush, but as the leaves mature they turn bright yellow, then luminous green. In mid- and late summer, clusters of dark pink flowers appear, seemingly backlit by the glowing foliage. Compact and easy to grow, it makes an excellent, informal, low hedge, or groundcover plant for a sunny well-drained border.



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I love this shrub. Years ago, I heard a presenter (who shall remain nameless) say that she cut the flowers off as they appeared because she thought the colour clashed, despite the fact that some people like them! I have one, and always enjoy its vibrancy.

1 Apr, 2016

 

It looks better now I've cut the DEAD flowers off...lol.
I like to see them through the winter as they give the shrub a sort of hazy look whilst it's dormant. It doesn't take long to nip them off once the new leaves appear.

2 Apr, 2016

 

Love these but didn't realise they HAD flowers, lol!

2 Apr, 2016

 

That's lovely Hb ... I have a Spiraea japonica 'Shirobana' that had to be cut back hard before digging up ... all because some bloomin' wild garlic was growing through the middle of it! It's back in place now ... just hope it didn't mind the upheaval!

2 Apr, 2016

 

Well rescued Shirley. I have the national collection of wild garlic all through my dear little wild flower patch . . . sad :(

2 Apr, 2016

 

Sheila, I also have tiny Celandine plants in the borders. Never had either of these plants (weeds!) before so it makes me wonder where they came from. I planted some of those Sweet Williams today and spent ages weeding out the rogues as I went along :o(

2 Apr, 2016

 

Thanks for mentioning this. It sounds a good one for my new raised bed :)

2 Apr, 2016

 

I love the Spireas, yours is more advanced than ours.....

2 Apr, 2016

 

We were looking at Spireas in the garden centre today but they were all spindly looking. I didn't get one.
I hope your Spirea settles back in quickly Shirley. I've never moved mine so I don't know what they are like to transplant.
Sheila and Shirley... Where on earth did the wild garlic come from? I thought it just grew in woodland. Shows what I know!! I hope you both get it controlled.
I have found lots of Celandines all through my borders too and in one of the lawns. No idea where they came from. They are as bad as the dandelion explosion we had a few years ago.
Hywel, mine is about 2-3 ft wide and high after at least 10 years I cut it back every now and then. It doesn't seem to mind at all.
Dd, I know the weather is going to start to warm up a bit when this one leafs up. ?

2 Apr, 2016

 

Its lovely Homebird. gorgeous colour

3 Apr, 2016

 

Hb, I read up about the wild garlic and found that it can remain dormant for up to 6 years! Bulbs and bulbils do not rot down in compost heaps, which makes me wonder if I had some tiny bulbils in with the weeds and have simply spread it all around the borders!

Alternatively, we had a load of wood/bark chippings left over from making the allotment paths a few years ago and it was spread as a mulch in one area of the garden. Possibly came in with that?

3 Apr, 2016

 

You could drive yourself crazy trying to work it out couldn't you. Better just to carry on and eventually get on top of it. I've bought some lawn weed killer to see if it stops the celandine spreading even further. We have to be so careful that it doesn't fly into the pond when we mow the lawn. They've maybe got a good hold because we don't put weed and feed on that lawn because of the pond fish.

3 Apr, 2016

 

I'm just having to accept the wild garlic in my wild patch . . . at least it hasn't spread to any flower borders. Several years ago I meticulously dug out EVERY tiny bulb and carefully put them in the bin, but you've only got to miss one, and it will spread again! This year I'm just tearing off the tops to give more light to the small seedlings coming through . . .

3 Apr, 2016

 

Good luck ladies with the wild garlic it's a nightmare isn't it? HB we have a weed appear in our garden this year, which we have no idea where it came from, but, it's everywhere.......

3 Apr, 2016

 

I said to T that we've had few birds this year and the feeder isn't on that side of the garden so we can't blame the birds or bird seed. Maybe it's just that the ground has been so wet all winter that it's been conjusive to germination of these weeds that wouldn't normally be so obvious. Who knows, we will sort it out. That's what we do isn't it. ? so long as we don't have to hire a flame thrower........

4 Apr, 2016

 

Today I spotted another bulb of the wild garlic growing, am getting to know the grey-green foliage now! When I stupidly cut through a bulb with my trowel, the 'onion' smell/stink was so pungent, yuk!

5 Apr, 2016

 

It becomes a challenge Shirley, we are doing it with the Spanish bluebells, they go down such a long way, if we manage to get the bulbs it is pure luck, and as you say you get to know the leaf, what with those and Brazen hussey it's a full time job!!

6 Apr, 2016

 

and the April showers don't make it any more fun :o((

7 Apr, 2016

 

That's great...although showers they ain't at the moment!!

11 Apr, 2016

 

:o(((

11 Apr, 2016



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