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sara haywood

 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


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

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

sara haywood

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


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.


sara haywood

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.


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.  

sara haywood

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.


sounds good sara. Much too limey here


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


sara haywood
I am putting into my front garden as there is more shade, i now need to go and find a Rhododendron!

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

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

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