The beauty of Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postil’ lies as much in its exquisite and piercing scent as its visual appeal, a quality that is amplified when viewed in close-up. It flowers in our garden from the beginning of January reaching its height towards the end of the month. It is our most remarked on plant.
|The flowers offer a subtle appeal. At this distance the air is filled with a scent that I can only liken to that of the hyacinth, save that my shrub is about eight feet tall and each flower is as powerfully scented as that plant.|
|This photograph was taken at the Lakeland Horticultural Society's Holehird Gardens exactly one week ago. Their specimen is larger than mine.|
|But this is all mine!|
|To give some idea of size, Holehird's shrub is by the front gate. It scents the whole garden.|
|Our Daphne is approximately 10 years old, purchased as a tiny rooted cutting.|
|The leaves have a tendency to go very yellow in my soil, something I have rectified to an extent by digging in limestone chippings in the Spring.|