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richard.spicer.7906

Based in St Albans. Making a career change to studying Horticulture. Likes most plants/shrubs, Bulb addict and converted succulent lover 😄

Colquhounia coccinea

  • Season Icon Mid AutumnMid Autumn 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

Elsewhere... my Colquhounia in the front garden is finally flowering after three years since I bought it. Colquhounia is a large shrub which has these lovely silvery velvet leaves. Was inspired by the specimen at Wisley outside the old house and found one locally. Already moved it once as it was in a too exposed site but now in the front garden it’s in a nice sheltered corner #colquhounia #colquhounia-coccinea #himalayanmint

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suerichards

Wow you have so much patience 👍👌it looks really beautiful and I love the leaves too 😍

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Sue - the foliage is amazingly soft when it emerges in spring, in its native country it would be evergreen but here it loses its leaves in winter. If it’s a severe winter you may lose the branches too but it would normally come back again from the base. The one at Wisley was about 10ft tall 👍🏼 @suerichards

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kez001uk

That’s just lovely! The leaves are gorgeous and the mass of flowers is going to look so good 😍

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clipperty

I could see myself loving this...don’t let me see it at Wisley! It’d be fatal! Xx

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  • Season Icon Early SummerEarly Summer 2017
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richard.spicer.7906

I had planted this in my back garden, but it didn't seem quite happy and got battered a bit by winds when it swept over. I've moved it to the front garden in this sheltered corner which catches the sun, so hoping it will respond well - Colquhounia coccinea #himalayanmint #colquhounia #colquhounia-coccinea

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  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2017
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richard.spicer.7906

You'd almost think this were a black and white photo. The cold has taken it's toll on this one, but it will be back in the spring with fresh, velvet leaves 😊 #winter #colquhounia #wintergarden #himalayanmint #colquhounia-coccinea

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rosiebug

Brrrr........ ❄️❄️😊

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pelly

It looks very beautiful though Richard. ☺☺. @richard.spicer.7906

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rachelbrooks

But hauntingly beautiful 👌🏼

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lesliecole49

A+ picture, tho

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  • Season Icon Early AutumnEarly Autumn 2016
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richard.spicer.7906

Some lovely soft velvety #foliage on my #Colquhounia - but alas no flowers this year #himalayanmint #colquhounia-coccinea

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rosiebug

Still nice foliage 🍃🍃😊👍🏻

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  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2016
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richard.spicer.7906

The Himalayan Mint is returning too - lovely soft silvery green leaves. #newgrowth #colquhounia #himalayanmint #colquhounia-coccinea

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robbiec

Now that's a mouthful.

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richard.spicer.7906

@robbiec 😂 it is a bit - I'll stick with calling it Himalayan Mint!

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  • Season Icon Mid AutumnMid Autumn 2015
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richard.spicer.7906

Otherwise known as Himalayan Mint 🤓 - saw this at Wisley in September and fell instantly in love with it. So I bought a two foot high specimen and planted it in my new hot colours border. It's leaves kind off remind me of a Buddleja, but they are aromatic 👃🏼 #colquhounia #himalayanmint #colquhounia-coccinea

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richard.spicer.7906

Planted 14th November

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justin

That's really pretty #orange #hotbed

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cjh123

Lovely 😍

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linfoster

Is it edible mint @richard.spicer.7906 ?i like that a lot 😍

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krishnahairdo

Oh my @richard.spicer.7906 so pretty 😍

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richard.spicer.7906

I can't find anything at the moment Lin that suggests it is edible, but still looking. Will let you know if I find anything 👍🏼 @linfoster

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linfoster

Thanks@richard.spicer.7906

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Naomi126

I can see why it's stunning 👌📸👌 take it cuttings work a treat, have you tryed Richard ? I do no of one locally 😬😆😊🤔 have to get into Holyrood 🤔🤣👀

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