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Male plant Skimmia Japonica Rubella — 18 Comments

  1. Hi Alastair, I love ferns too and it is interesting that there are some that don’t seem to mind sun. I love the look of the two pots on either side of the doorway. I think I’d like to try stripping the leaves off the bamboo to show the black stems. The woodland garden shot is great. Re suggestions what bulbs to plant, Pauline would be a good blogger to ask. I like bulbs that naturalize and don’t need to be dug up and replanted. Here that means not daffs but bluebells and scilla have been cooperative.

  2. Hi Alistair, not much happening here it hasn’t stopped raining for what seems a long time but only a couple of days of frost so far. Interesting you mention the Miscanthus growing in a dry spot, my Anemanthele lessonianas always seems to seed themselves into and do quite well at the base of trees which is annoying as they really need the sun to back light them. I grow the Skimmia but, as I think you have mentioned before, when planted in the garden they never seem to look as good as those tunnel grown plants offered for sale in the garden center, maybe they lend themselves better to pot culture where more attention can be taken to their requirements.

  3. Alistair I can see why you love Skimmia…the berries are fabulous. And your November garden still has lots of foliage and character. Pulmonaria is a big favorite in my garden too…especially all the different leaves. Beautiful frost captures.

  4. Hello Alistair, we might end up with one of these as they’re great shrubs for shade. We also have a Skimmia x Confusa, which I think can only be male and there are never any berries but the fragrance from its flowers is incredibly powerful, sweet and heady.

  5. Oh, I so miss my Skimmias Rubella from my previous garden, they were just too big to lift and I did not think they would survive a summer in a pot so I didn’t even try. The two I had were enormous in size, the biggest about a metre high and wide. I must get a couple for my new garden but I know they will take 10 years to get to the size I had.
    I also used to have a female skimmia, Bowles Dwarf, also 10 years old. I tried lifting it as it was much smaller, but it died over the summer, didn’t like container life, and I was too slow to find it a permanent home.

    Loved your two containers with skimmias outside the patio doors, I think I have seen those containers online on some gardening site, or perhaps on Amazon? And where did you buy your skimmias? I assume it wasn’t from the nursery you have a link to – their skimmias are in 2L pots and although to a reasonable price I would not expect to get such a big plant as you have for that price. Did you buy by mail order or locally?

    I notice you keep comparing how plants from your old garden grew with how they thrive where you are now. Having moved a considerably way you were bound to get a different environment. I have only moved 2.3 miles but even so – I have a very different garden with different requirements. I feel there are still lots I need to learn about my new garden. Oh, and thanks for again reminding me that I still haven’t got a Jack Frost – it is definitely one to get next spring 🙂

    • Helene, thanks for your comments. The two Skimmias by the door are indeed from the mail order company I have the links for. They also had them in 3ltr pots at a few quid more, that’s the ones I got. Those pots were from Amazon.

  6. Yes, the Skimmia is a beautiful plant! I remember seeing it quite a bit when we visited London a few years ago. Sadly, my zone 5 garden is a little too cold for it. Your photos are beautiful. I really enjoy the blue containers–that shade of blue is stunning!

  7. Wow! I’ve missed so much of the goings on in your Cheshire garden. I’ve been reading lots of old posts and was blown away by your landscaped back garden. I LOVE the gravel. It looks A-Mazing…bravo to you and Myra.
    Merry Christmas to you both and a Happy New Year too x

  8. Hi Alistair, the skimmia buds are beautiful. I also love your new bench; with such a gorgeous garden you need plenty of seating to enjoy it from all angles! Wishing you a blessed and very Merry Christmas! Deb

  9. Your blog is inspiring and lovely. I noticed your bird feeders and am considering buying some. Do you get much rain? Here in Washington state…there is so much rain…it seems I would need to purchase a dome over the bird feeder to protect the seed. Thoughts?

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