The moment I walked out the door I knew it was blooming.
Winter Daphne (Daphne odora aureomareginata) the most powerful fragrance imaginable. To quote a delivery person “That is LOUD!”
She is not hard to look at either. Fragrance reminiscent of Lilac…but more… and hauntingly beautiful.
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I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a fragrance described as loud but I can think of a few smells where that sentiment fits quite nicely. I quite like the variegated edging on your Daphne.
Well, after bragging on mine, it appears that is succumbed to the drought. I am so miffed about it!
I love Daphne but sadly the first one I had just up and went – no warning, just one day I checked it out and it was all brown. So bought another one and mine is blooming, too.
Don’t you think they rank right up there the very Southern “tea olive” – osmanthus frangans. But Daphne is a much more attractive appearing plant. Tea olive will give you the “fragrant” surprise, too, when you walk out one a.m. and find it is in total bloom.
I don’t have one single daphne in my garden. After reading your post, I feel myself like a criminal…
Love the pictures!
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Have a great weekend.
I almost feel like I can smell her through the computer screen. Love love that shrub and it’s fragrance.
I think we really appreciate fragrance at this time of the year and as there are so few plants with fragrance at the moment they really stand out