Friday, July 29

"Beer Bush"


we have this shrub growing prolifically at home-
it seems to appear in new locations almost overnight

we've named it the Beer Bush because that's exactly how it smells!


needless to say, this alcoholic aroma makes it a firm favourite with Ted ;0)


intertwined with honeysuckle and roughly clipped,
it's pretty enough to form a natural hedge alongside the garden


also growing like a weed is Rose of Sharon
which does look similar but has different
leaf and root system.

I'd love some help identifying the shrub's real name. . .

update
thanks everyone for your comments and emails- 
lovely to know the plant is Hypericum, 
and as the garden is a tad gloomy
surrounded by overhanging trees 
and with minimal sunlight
it's rather fitting to be "ring-fenced" by St John's Wort.
Nature really does know what she's doing!


16 comments:

Su said...

It's a hypericum (st john's wort), I'm not sure which variety but there's more info on them here http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/searchbynameresults?nm=hypericum

Hope that helps :)

Gypsy and Nell said...

We have one similar , but it doesn't smell of beer! smells quite nice. I have a st johns wort but the flowers are smaller so must be a different variety, and does smell a bit of beer actually!! xx

Susan T said...

Oh I want one of those how lovely.

Gretel said...

I thought it was a Rose of Sharon at first - a shrub I loathe! But much nicer to have St John's Wort, for bees and keeping one's spirits up if needed, as herbal tea.

Mimi and Tilly said...

Oooh, pretty, I was going to say I have no idea what it is but cans ee taht you've already been reliably informed it's St. John's Wort. No wonder that it's good for depression if it has a whiff of beer aobut it! Happy weekend, lots of love and hugs, Em x

Country Girl said...

It's a tutsan - I've got one and the bees love it!

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Well everyone seems to think it's St John's Wort. It certainly looks like a form of hypericum (there are lots), but the leaves seem more succulent in a close up of your photo. Might just be the photo. I'll defer to others with more knowledge!

The word verification for this comment is 'icewaxin'. I think I quite like that!!

Sxx

Elegancemaison said...

I'm no gardener, but if this was Australia it would certainly be called, "The Beer Bush"! They call it like it is on flora and fauna. On a visit I asked the name of a bush with a bright pink flower shaped like a bottle brush. Yep - it's the Bottle Brush plant. Well it prob has a Latin name but that's how it's known. BTW thank you for your lovely comment about your magical balloon flight.Cx

Sherri B. said...

I don't know what it is but I am looking for a fast growing shrub to go around the garden (secret garden like) to be a sort of wind and salt mist break..this would be pretty too. Will you let me know what you find out?

Have a wonderful weekend! xo

Edward said...

Ted may like it but Bruce should not, it is poisonous to horses and causes photosensitation in areas of unpigmented skin, not that Bruce would be eating it but I just thought I should say, it is a nice looking plant and does make a rather good looking hedge.
Regards
Edward

Country Girl said...

Unrelated comment but I'm intrigued by the cotton reels you've just listed on ebay. I've got granny's old sewing box and it's got dozens of these in - and I use them regularly for loads of things (haven't had to buy thread in years!). Should I be saving them as 'antiques' :)

Menopausalmusing said...

I was thinking Rose Of Sharon, but having got to the bottom of your post, realise it isn't.......

helen tilston said...

Regardless of its name, it looks beautiful. BTW I love your previous post on bathing Bruce. He is a beautiful horse.
Helen xx

Purrfect Haven said...

we have a couple of those too and they are lovely, happy plants aren't they! Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx

YONKS said...

Hi,
Thanks for stopping by and following. Love your blog - what breed of horses do you have - they are wonderful, are they warmbloods?
Your garden looks marvellous. I am now your newest follower and will check back to see what you are up to regularly.
Dianne
YONKS :-)

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

'Beer Bush', 'Money Tree', if only we could cultivate such useful plants - my 27 year old daughter still thinks that money grows on trees though! lol!

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