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Daphne

I dropped in on some friends yesterday and their daphne was already in flower.

Standing on their front porch, near where the daphne bush is, the fragrance filled the air. It’s one of my favorite floral scents.

It’s also a sign that winter, while not exactly on its way out — the winter solstice was only a few days ago — but that spring is coming. 

They gave me some daphne to take home.  I put it in a small vase by my bed and the whole room smells divine.

What flowers are in bloom where you are? Any favorite? 

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Priscilla Payne
Priscilla Payne
22 days ago

Love the Daphne. My Julia Child yellow rose is in full bloom and my hydrangea is fully budded!

Constance
Constance
22 days ago

Roses, roses, roses around here, plus lavender and day lilies. Need a few more days before adding hydrangeas to the list! We have something called Daphne here, too, but it’s nowhere near as lovely as yours and has no scent, even though the colors are similar. Odd!

Robin
Robin
22 days ago

Alas all my spring bulbs are done as is the first flush of the roses. Now the fight to get more roses, between the deer and the black spot, it is a challenge. I do have a bunch of cheerful little annuals in pots on the deck, safely out of reach of deer, although an enterprising chipmunk has been digging holes in the pot’s soil.

Liz Fielding
Liz Fielding
22 days ago

I love Daphne. Definitely one to add to my little garden. At the moment I have roses, pelargoniums and the glorious Geranium Rozanne in flower. That blue!

Merrilyn
Merrilyn
21 days ago
Reply to  Liz Fielding

I have never seen a blue geranium
sounds delightful

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
20 days ago
Reply to  Liz Fielding

Wow, Liz, I’ve never seen a blue geranium either. I looked it up — very pretty. I currently have a dark red pelargonium flowering in a pot in my sheltered little courtyard. It doesn’t realize it’s winter yet.

Merrilyn Dennis
Merrilyn Dennis
21 days ago

My camellias are really excelling themselves in shady back garden now all the roses have finished out the front
Must try a Daphne, they like the morning sun

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
20 days ago

Camellias are so pretty, aren’t they Merrilyn? I had a lovely pale pink one with blossoms that looked like waterlilies. I used to cut one and float it in a small fish bowl for a table decoration.

KarenG
KarenG
21 days ago

I’m not much of a gardener, but I do love flowers so I plant flowering shrubs, bushes, and trees that don’t need much attention. Right now, my hydrangea are going full blast and my hibiscus is about to burst forth. The crepe myrtle should bloom in a few weeks. I have two camelias but they won’t bloom until November (and again in February/March). The azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwood, and lilac bloom from April to June. Other than that, I have daylilies and knockout roses during the Mid-Atlantic Summer months.

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
20 days ago
Reply to  KarenG

Karen, your garden sounds gorgeous. I always wanted to have a dogwood, though I’ve only seen them on line. And crepe myrtles are so pretty, even now where here, they have no leaves, but that bark is so beautiful.