Skimmia

Skimmia

Warm colors, sweet scents

Summer is coming to an end, the green berries of the Skimmia are turning into dark red pearls. Sparkling and radiant above the shiny leaves, they spread a wonderfully subtle sweet scent that fits perfectly with fine late summer weather.

Christmas bouquet

Christmas bouquet "Crackling Fireplace"

COLORS AND SHAPES OF THE SKIMMI

If you love light colours, go for the skimmia in the spring. During this period, the berries are still green with yellow hues. If you're more of a darker type, then the warm, burgundy-red Skimmia for autumn is highly recommended. And this in contrast to most other berry-bearing plants, the birds and small garden animals are not too big fans of the berries of the Skimmia. That's why they stay on for a long time.

SYMBOLISM OF THE SKIMMIA

Unfortunately, not much is known about the symbolism of the Skimmia. We do know that she can withstand the cold well, that she does not give up easily and that she colors with the seasons. As far as we are concerned, she is an absolute go-getter with a fine sense of style.

ORIGIN OF THE SKIMMI

In Latin, it was derived in 1784 from 'Miyama shikimi', the Japanese term for Skimmia. The Skimmia belongs to the rue family (Rutaceae) which also includes citrus trees. You can discover this relationship quite easily in the leaves: when you bruise them, a citrus-like smell is released. In the wild, Skimmia grows in the forests of China and other parts of Asia, such as the Himalayas.

CARE OF THE SKIMMI

A Skimma prefers to be in the shade, then the berries develop best.

  • Provide a clean vase and clean water at room temperature.
  • Cut a piece diagonally off the flower stem with a sharp knife.
  • Remove the lower leaves so that they do not hang in the water.
  • Add cut flower food.
  • Change the water every five days and top it up regularly.
  • Do not place your flowers in full sun, near a heating system, near a fruit bowl or in a draft.