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Caring for Skimmia japonica

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 16:18

Agree with Dove. Problem is it's already been indoors for how long?

If you can it would be happier in either a coldframe to start with, then when the weather does warm up putting it outside. If you just put it out now, when we have some more cold weather it wont be happy.

You could also tuck it right next to a sheltered wall, & then it'll be much better, J.

How do i find out if we have any hedgehogs?

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 16:12

I've done that too Dove. We had a new solid wood side gate fitted & as I knew, from droppings, the old gate was a 'route' I asked the joiner to cut one out.

Trouble is a local cat can sneak through as well. He/she then hides amongst my Hosta pots to stake out the birds feeding nearby! (Said cat, I assume, has also buckled the the polycarbonate lid to 1 of my coldframes by jumping down from the fence onto it!!)

Last summer I found the 'nest' of dried leaves under a Leyland hedge where I expect 1 had hibernated over winter 12/13.

Daughter also woke her parents at about 3am one night, after a night duty, to show us her photo of our visitor!! J.

December planting

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 17:07

I agree. Get them in the ground asap as long as it's not waterlogged or frozen. They'll be pot bound I expect, so possibly try to ease their rootballs, but very gently.

I've just spent the last 2 days planting up an enlarged bed created by the collapse in last weeks' gales of 2 6ft trellis panels. Digging it over the soil was good to work in. The recent rain will help things to settle in nicely. J.

Moving a Rose Bush

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 16:52

Best to move a rose when they have no leaves- ie dormant, so now fine. Nov-March often stated. Not when the ground is waterlogged or frosty.  But I have successfully moved 1 of mine in the summer- if done then water, water +++.

Watch that you dont bury the 'graft' on the stem otherwise the parent plant stock will throw up its' own suckers. I'd also cut it back a bit to prevent any windrock loosening it in the ground. Mulch well & it should be fine. J.


Plant identified by Alina W about to flower (epiphyllum)

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 16:46
Swedboy wrote (see)

Thank you both. I have no idea why it has decided to flower now. I think it is about ten years since I took the cutting. Fotofit what tricks did you use to get it to flower? Alina W recomended a coldish spel in winter.

Hi Swedeboy, My late MIL gave me a selection of these plants many yrs back. I've found that they eventually flower when a wee bit pot bound, so 10yrs isnt so bad, depending on when you last repotted it.

Mine live in an unheated NW part glazed porch for the autumn/winter/spring months. End of May, am in NW, they go outside into an open, but sheltered coldframe. They will cope with being next to a sheltered wall outside, but IME slugs like them, so I now use the coldframe when it's empty.

I reduce the watering over the colder months, but come spring usually see the flower buds developing. When I remember, , I do give them a bit of feed then. I use a gritty cactii type compost, but have also used any old MP, plus grit, which appears to be fine too. Better in terracotta pots too as they can be accidently overwatered in a plastic pot, then they rot off-oops.

1 of my plants is E.Cooperi, that has scented flowers that open at night. I understand that it's pollinated by moths which explains it. IME the smell isnt too good in a lounge!

Denzil3054 wrote (see)

I know this ended some time ago but I have a similar problem. Have I got epiphyllum or is it a Christmas Cactus. My money is it being the first but I don't know. HELP!

Yes a Christmas cactus, which isnt actually a cactus... They need feeding & not moving about when their buds are there, otherwise they fall off.

In the summer months they like to be outside in a sheltered, part shade spot bringing them back in say mid/late September in my case. This spell outside hardens them up & helps promote the flowering. J.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 10:51

I had noticed the temperatures rising last night instead of being below freezing earlier in the evening.

First thing today it was wet & wild out there.

Now it's still wild outside, but the sun has arrived. About 5-6C at the mo, J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 15:37

Frosty start here, about -2C first thing. Sun all day.

Pavements not good with all the fallen leaves plus icy patches, so swopped to the sunnier side this morning when walking up for bus.

Wonderful sight of all the autumn colours of the trees against a bright blue sky. About 4-5C & dropping out there now! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 16:29

It was wet again today until quite late on- WManchester.

OH drove over the tops into NEDerbyshire this morning & said it was dry for him.

Tonight due to be a cold one again. It's about 7C out there at the mo, J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 19:42

It was only just over 1C out there first thing this morning & yet no actual frost....

A bright, dry if cold day although it was trying to drizzle as I drove home about 5pm. About 7C out there now, 7.40pm. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 09:08

It was still raining first thing but is going brighter as I type!

Wind strong, so will be colder than it says, 7C at the mo. Shall be well togged up in waterproof trousers etc before I get outside. J.

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