Skimmia, Hellebourous Niger, Camelia, Daphne Adora

Skimmia, Hellebourous Niger, Camelia, Daphne Adora

Gardening Blog: Daphne Adora Aureomarginata

"On cable TV they have a weather channel - 24 hours of weather.  We had something like that where I grew up.  We called it a window. "~Dan Spencer

Hello to all the Green fingered gurus out there! So I am sitting here looking out of my window sipping my Countess Grey and was wondering whether my silk thermals are up to the job of keeping me warm today, as once again, it is freezing!
However, as all of us with green fingers know, (mine are never stained green for long by the way, I find a good salt body scrub does the trick), we really do need to start getting out there and gardening as Spring is fast approaching. To remind me of this I have my beautiful Daphne Adora Aureomarginata right by my kitchen door so I can catch its Spring-like lemon scent as I scuttle back and forth to my garden shed.

The fact that it has such pretty pinky white flowers and glossy green leaves in this weather is amazing enough, but to be able to scent the whole area around it makes it really special plant in my book. I find the Daphne plant very soothing to look at as it tells me that Spring if not sprung, really is only just round the corner and soon my whole kitchen border will burst into a wonderful array of colorful and luscious life. A bit like me really. I just can’t wait to pack up my silk thermals for another year.

Happy Planting.

ps: Here's one I found for the long suffering parents out there, such pearls:

"Snow and adolescence are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough"  ~Earl Wilson


     Daphne Adora Aureomarginata                        Daphne Adora Aureomarginata


                                      Daphne Meereum Rubra


Ode to Valentine's Blog-Berries, Buds, Blossoms (and Bards)

                                   "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." - William Shakespeare

                                   "Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you" -Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"Admiring my neighbours lush evergreen Skimmia’s a few day ago, I decided that THIS would be my Valentine plant this year (shhh don’t tell my man). Not only because of the fragrant creamy white and pink flowers which are so so pretty but because you need a male and female plant to get the red shiny berries.

No lonely Skimmias allowed in my garden, as they wont fruit! They have to come as a pair, is that romantic or needy? Not sure. Is that what I am trying to project? Definitely not!

Maybe I should just get my man a Hellebourus Niger instead as the graceful nodding heads could remind him of me, but then of course it is posionous if eaten, ahem, so not really hugely romantic either.
Valentine's can be such a chore, maybe I’ll just stay in watch the rain, dream of Spring and make a card myself. Second thoughts- maybe I’ll just get a Camelia for him-they’re regal, proud and just about to burst into flower. With their year round glossy fecund foliage, and large abundant blooms in a range of reds, pinks and whites they are a Jewel in the garden. A bit like me.

On the weather front Mother Nature is letting us know whose boss- snow is out again today-hardy gardeners beware-hypothermia is readily available. I recommend cashmere socks and fur.

And cake. Never underestimate cakes ability for galvanising the weary gardener!"

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Skimmia Japonica Rubella                                  Helleborous Niger-The Christmas Rose                               Camilia Japonica