Day 173: mock orange

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

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The garden has been filled with scent these past few days. Almost as if waiting for the rain to be over, the mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius) was a little late into blossom this year but, my, it was worth the wait for the clouds of citrusy perfume with a hint of underlying vanilla. And it’s just as well this plant performs so astoundingly well for these few short weeks in June because, when it’s not in flower, it’s a particularly uninspiring twiggy looking thing that can grow to absurd proportions in a small garden if not regularly pruned – something best carried out immediately after flowering, and never in winter, unless you want it to grow into even more of a beast. Just now though, the loppers can stay in the shed, though I may snip some flowers for the house.


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