Friday, 30 January 2015

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postil’

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.

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