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Posted: 02/10/2015 at 13:36

HI Stephen - it's a common issue with Skimmias if they're not in the right soil or conditions. However, any plant in a pot is dependent on you for it's needs. Each year you need to replace some of the soil/compost with fresh stuff and you will need to feed it appropriately. It may simply have used up all the nutrients in the pot and is now struggling because it's hungry and probably pot bound as well.

I'd take it out the pot and see what it looks like underneath. The other possibility is vine weevil damage - the grubs eat away at the roots and it's most common in pot grown plants.

Have a look at the roots and see what you think 


Posted: 02/10/2015 at 13:32

Sun is trying to come out... hope so as I've put washing out now 

Brilliant Panda - we'll be crossing our fingers for you on the day 

WW - you could always get some budgies for the chickweed. I used to know someone who bred them ( ) and she used to pick it from the lanes at the stables where it grew for Britain!  

Yellowing Rhododendrons

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 13:23

Thanks  obelixx - I thought so but just wanted to make sure. I knew you'd know   

Yellowing Rhododendrons

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 08:19

obelixx -  Don't usually have an issue with rhodies etc in the ground here as the soil suits them, but my Fatsia looks a bit chlorotic as it's in a pot just now, albeit a big one. Will that work for it too?

Sorry to hijack the thread a bit Novice  


Posted: 02/10/2015 at 08:16

Never mind WW - it'll soon all die down for winter  and you won't see any weeds at all....

Note to self  re deadheading - don't do my finger this time....

Off to t'mill - bye for now 

Lawn Aerator Shoes

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 08:01

It would Tina but it also depends how 'bowling green ' you want it! The spiking helps open the ground up and let air in, and the grit helps to drain water away - like a mini soakaway. If you have lots of big lumps and dips, you might need to fill those with soil and re seed in spring to help get a more level surface 

I'd love a pair of Wallace and Gromit shoes 


Posted: 02/10/2015 at 07:58

Morning all - low cloud/mist now but supposed to brighten again 

You can download the radio too - I often do it so that's also a possibility 

Lesley - I've got a piece of log for drilling holes for bees - a 5mm/6mm or bigger - drill bit would be fine I'd reckon, for different sizes. Think of interior size of canes  

Might get in the garden later for some pruning and tidying, but I have to go to the bank as well    The buddleias are about done. My Acteas/cimcifugas have only recently started flowering - the one under the front  window only started last week. Bulbs to organise too so I'd better get it done before they sprout in the bags  

Hope all the unwell people feel a bit better today 

Catch you all later for more thong and towel talk...


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 21:18

I love new towels....  

and I especially love using them  if they've been dried on a slightly cool, windy day. Nice and rough on your skin - good for exfoliating  


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 19:59


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 19:58

Conditions more than the plant itself really, so improving is the best solution.

Some plants are more resistant too.  

I had mildew on Scabious when I grew it in a previous garden. It had good air flow, and with the amount of rain we get, you'd think it wouldn't be an issue, but the soil was shallow and quite poor where it was. I moved it to a better spot, no problem after that.

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