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Re: was Northern Blooms now Northern vs. Southern Blooms


Overall, winter bloom on trees and shrubs seem to be less than spectacular
to look at but very fragrant. Osmanthus fragrans, Hamamelis virginiana,
Lonicera fragrantissima and Chimonanthus praecox come to mind. Even Daphne
odora isn't as spectacular as, say, Cornus florida or the Prunus family in
the spring.

But individually, the blooms can be spectacular. Hamamelis virginiana has
beautiful spidery blooms - see
http://www.geocities.com/gardendesign99/hamemelisva.jpg  but you don't see
them until you're pretty close.

Lonicera fragrantissima buds are pearly pink, and open translucent white. In
your area, they might bloom on naked stems and in great abundance. Here,
they open a few at a time along with the leaves, and are lost from a few
feet away. See http://www.ag.auburn.edu/hf/landscape/dbpages/343.html  for
some photos of how it looks here.

My Lonicera fragrantissima starts blooming in late December and blooms
through until mid-March, sometimes April. You're welcome to some cuttings,
if you'd like.


---- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gene Bush" <genebush@otherside.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2005 8:04 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] was Northern Blooms now Northern vs. Southern Blooms

> Thank you, Daryl.
>     Sounds as though this one needs a home over near the woods if I end up
> placing one in the landscape. You do not come across and being exactly
> overwhelmed by the beauty of the blooms. Not a real eye-catcher hum? Not
> even for a "winter bloomer" when little else is in bloom? When exactly
> this shrub bloom for you?
>     Rain, rain, rain here... and more to come.
> Gene E. Bush
> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
> www.munchkinnursery.com
> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
> Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Daryl" <pulis@mindspring.com>
> > Gene,
> >
> > I've had mine for about 14 years, I guess. It was a largish rooted stem
> > from
> > a friend's plant when I got it. They're pretty easy to peg down and
> >
> > On the unpruned side, mine is about 9 and a half feet from the middle to
> > the
> > edge, so I guess it would be about 19 feet wide if allowed to be full.
> > Since
> > it got so much larger than expected, the other half had to be pruned to
> > allow us to see to get out of the driveway. Dirr said 6-10' by
> > in
> > spread, so I had figured on 10 x 10. As it is, even pruned, mine is 15'
> > wide. It's about 8 and a half feet tall. The matte green foliage makes
> > recede into the background, though.
> >
> > Some years it blooms on naked stems. Most years here, like this year,
> > still green. The flowers are not showy, but are very fragrant, though
> > cloyingly sweet like Lonicera japonica. On a warm, almost still night,
> > fragrance really carries.  I remember returning from sitting up with my
> > Mom
> > in the hospital, rounding the corner 2 blocks away, and having it
> > me
> > home.
> > Daryl
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