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18/10/2013 at 20:14

 I was given this little plant by the mother of a good friend of mine who informed me it was a Rhododendron, it was such a small plant I have paid little attention to it this year until now, it is starting to flower and all is not as it seems! Could anyone help me with a name for this pretty little thing? Many thanks Sara

18/10/2013 at 20:21

Might bea skimmia but I don't know them well enough to be certain

18/10/2013 at 20:24

Skimmia Sara.  I have a few and in the spring they are a bee magnet

18/10/2013 at 20:26

Thanks so much Nut and Verdun, I love bee magnets! I am off to read up on them! I do get over excited about these things

18/10/2013 at 20:27

That's good. I can't grow them but some I used to garden for had skimmias. It looks as though it's got that yellow tinge that puts me off growing skimmias in my soil.

18/10/2013 at 20:31

it is currently in a pot having been removed from my friends mother's garden when she sold her house. It is going to be lovingly transplanted this weekend, so hopefully it will perk up a little.


18/10/2013 at 20:35

Know what you mean nut.  They need good soil, ideally not too limey, shelter from strong sun and strong,cold winds. Frost can spoil the leaves too.   Not easy but if you can provide that they are lovely shrubs.  Red berries, scented white flowers in spring.....nice.  

18/10/2013 at 20:38

I have a south facing resonably sheltered  small/medium garden in south London and manage to grow things my friends are unable, although no expert my soil seems pretty good and I compost almost everything I can and produce a wonderful earthy compost that gets mixed in to my well draining soil.

18/10/2013 at 20:42

sounds good sara. Much too limey here

18/10/2013 at 22:33

I've got that in my front garden. It has tiny white flowers and red berries for xmas.


20/10/2013 at 16:10
I am putting into my front garden as there is more shade, i now need to go and find a Rhododendron!
20/10/2013 at 16:24

EEk eek, I know one yes It's a Skimmia.

20/10/2013 at 16:43

skimmia. i heve a large one donated by someone who threw it out. lucky  me.

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