Running Late   4 comments

Philadelphus   –   Mock Orange.  It is coming into bloom now, late, as everything else in the garden this year. Disappointingly, it wasn’t even worth waiting for as the blooms don’t have anywhere near as nice a scent as I have known it from other shrubs of that species. The question now is keep or replace….seeing that the scent is what I wanted it for. It isn’t exactly covered in bees, either….

Running Late

Running Late

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  1. Hello, Sonja. I’m finding I like coming over to your blog more & more — always an interesting description to accompany your photo. 🙂 I’ve wanted a mock orange for years, but read that there are so many cultivars out there, you never really know what you’re getting (scentwise) unless you get a cutting from the bush whose fragrance you like. :/ Seems a real pain, so I’ve let the desire for mock orange die. Sigh.

    • I haven’t given up yet, Kari. I have moved larger shrubs than this one in the past and it may find itself relegated to the boundary wall if I find one that is more to my liking 😉 Do they grow easily from cuttings? I have found a heavenly scented one in the neighbourhood which is trying to escape from somebody’s garden, perhaps I could put on my wig and mask and take the snips to it…

  2. I’m no expert at this, but I had a neighbor back in Wisconsin who was quite adept at growing shrubs from cuttings, so I figured it might be worth your while. Here’s a link to a site I found with step by step instructions specifically for mock orange http://homeguides.sfgate.com/make-mock-orange-cuttings-55426.html, so I say dig out that wig!! Or, maybe the folks who own the shrub would be generous enough to let you take a cutting or two? After much praise for their perfect taste in mock orange shrubs, of course. 🙂 BTW, it does look like a lengthy process, but seems like it would be worth the effort to get that amazing fragrance.

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