I passed this shrub yesterday and once again I wondered what it was called.
The leaves are shaped like holly, yet in high summer it produces a mass of colour with trumpet shaped flowers. It is the only bush like it that I have ever seen and the householder was unable to give me a name for it.
Magpie! Are you familiar with it?
UPDATE: Through the wonderful world of blogging friends we didn’t have to wait long! Desfontainea spinosa is your answer. Thank you Nelly and please pass on a great big hug to Bert the sleepy clarinet playing horticulturist for his wisdom! Now give that man another slice of cake!
Now don’t forget to come back at 5p.m. for a spot of loose blogging…. It was my turn to pick the topic this week!
I have no idea what it is but it sure is beautiful. If you ever acquire a name for it, do let us know.
No idea of the name of that shrub ❓ Nice though.
If you loose blog, does it mean you get called a LOOSE blogger? 😮
Desfontainea – Grannymar. Just checked it with Bert. He is a horticulturist y’know. Although all the other horticulturists are out of their beds by now. He’s a sleepy horticulturist.
And that would be desfontainea spinosa in full.
@Alice – Thanks to the wonderful world of blogging friends we didn’t have to wait long! Desfontainea spinosa is your answer.
@Steph – A LOOSE blogger? More like a loose cannon in my case! 🙄
@Nelly – Please thank the sleepy clarinet playing horticulturist for his wisdom! I hope you didn’t wake him up to ask. 😉
Okay, now we have the botanical name, but what do non-horticulturists like me call it? Maybe a trumpet vine?
Well the the Holly looking bush with the flowers, of course! 😉
A wonderful sight. it looks like some very exotic Christmas decoration….
I did so wake him up, Hey Bert what d’ye call that holly looking thing with the long apicoty-orange flowers we saw at Castle Kennedy? But never fear – he dropped right off again.
@Nick – I would prefer a tree like that at Christmas.
@Nelly – 😆 Save the cake for later so! 😆
I’m trying to avoid you being called a ‘loose woman’. That’s all 🙄
Weird looking thing. That’ll keep the cats out of your garden. Ouch! Bed you didn’t know my nick name is “Nelly” TA-DAAAAA!
Its very pretty!
I think it is called the candy corn bush. Do you have that sweet in Ireland? We give it to the children at Halloween..
The non-botanical name is Chilean Holly which I’ve just looked up.
That was the da’s hedge!!!
@Steph – The only thing loose about me are my teeth! 🙄
@Baino – Nothing keeps the cats out! I knew you have a nickname. 😉
@Kate – That it is.
@Nancy – I am not familiar with them.
@Nelly – Thanks Nelly, you are a mine of information.
Truly amazing how the blog world works. Lovely photographs too.
@WWW – I don’t believe it! I never saw it anywhere else.
@Ramana – If you want to find an answer…. ask the blogging fraternity! 😀
Here I am…late again! Chilean Holly I think!
It’s interesting that Chilean Glory vine (Eccremocarpus scaber) has similar flowers but in racemes IIRC)
You know I should always read ALL the responses before making mine shouldn’t I?
What was that important piece of information imparted by school teachers???? 😉 Read all the questions first! 😆
But that was questions…these were answers!
I’m a little late with this..
I have these plants in my garden! Mexican Vine is the common name, they are so easy to grow. They now cover a whole wall and fence, in a sheltered spot they withstand the frost and snow. (mine lived through last winter)
Another Kate, welcome on board.
I wonder if Chilean Holly and are one and the same plant or slight variations? No matter it is a lovely specimen.