Friday, 13 June 2014

Mock Orange.



Opposite the garden gate at Haddock's, just a few feet away from our letter box, is a Mock Orange bush.

How it got there I'm not sure, it grows amongst some wild Plums, Sumac, and Brambles; but it's managing to hold its own.

Yesterday I went to harvest some vegs from Haddock's, and as I was opening the gate the perfume hit me.

What an aroma; it was sensational. I think the hot sun must have had a part to play in its strength.

I really must try to take a cutting, or dig out a bit of root; a bush nearer to the house would be wonderful.

Can there be another plant that fills the air with SO MUCH perfume?


13 comments:

  1. I think not. I had the same bush stop me dead in my tracks the other day while walking to my friend's house. Unbelievable fragrance (perhaps matched only by daphne)

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  2. I've never heard of a mock orange before. Sounds like a nice plant to have in the garden. I'll just have to make do with my roses!

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  3. Gorgeous - mine isn't in flower yet - but the heady smell is truly intoxicating.

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  4. There must be several plants that go by that name because of the similarity of their perfume. Actually I've never smelt real orange perfume but we have one ( really called Murraya ) that flowers prolifically after rain and smells devine.

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  5. I have one in my garden. Absolutely wonderful.

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  6. We had one on our front lawn for many years..finally seemed to burn itself out. Nowadays I try to avoid perfumed plants..the allergies are killing me these days.

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  7. I agree, one of the most beautiful smells of summer Cro. I think it will grow from the tiniest slip - it almost grows wild.

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  8. Mmmmm, I can practically smell it.

    My other favorites are lilacs and honeysuckle. (Okay, so technically honeysuckle might be considered a weed... but it still smells good!)

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  9. They do smell wonderful and one of my very favorites. It was also in the bouquets at our wedding, a bit of sneezing going on then as well.

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  10. The scent is gorgeous. They root very easily too. Just take a semi ripe little twig. Plant it in a pot of compost somewhere warm - little drop of water and it should grow OK.

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    1. Thanks Molly; I'll do that today.

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  11. I agree with Susan on lilacs and honeysuckle. Lily of the valley are my hands-down favourites, though. Now, I'm curious about this mock orange. I know i've smelled it before, but i don't know that it grows where i live now.

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