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Daphne – Special Soil

The smell from the daphne shrubs growing near my front door has been intoxicating this year. I have two there, in front of three small gardenias, assuring my family of a perfumed entry each day for months. I have three more beside the driveway, combined with hellebores, Italian arum and hosta. Did I start with...

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Daphne – Planting and Care

Q: I have a question about daphne. I have both a pink and a white variety. I know they like shade but what else should I provide them? A: I planted a Daphne odora ‘Areomarginata’ beside my entranceway two years ago. For the first three weeks in February, I was greeted each evening with the...

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Daphne Wilting

Q: I’ve noticed that my seven-year old daphne has started to wilt from the top and it’s moving down. Your website mentions a lethal fungus called Phytophthora. Can a replacement daphne be planted in the same soil later? A: I tried replacing a daphne in the same site as a dead one and it died...

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Daphne – Wilt

Q: My daphne looks like it is wilting. I watered it but it does not look any better. How can I save it? A: You probably can’t save it. Daphne is very susceptible to a disease called Phytophthora, which infects roots of this plant as well as azalea and rhododendron. Once the roots are clogged...

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Daphne – Identification

Q: I am trying to identify a new plant. I am fairly sure that it is a rhododendron, but why is it blooming now? Is it a special variety that blooms in winter? I am looking for plants that add some color to a boring winter landscape (other than pansies, that is). A: The blooming...

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Daphne – Poisonous

Q: Is Daphne odora poisonous to humans? It makes a beautifully scented water that tastes great when you sip it. I didn’t sip much just in case. I’m not nuts, really. A: I don’t think sipping the water is a good idea. Although the flower scent is delicious, daphne plants contain a poison known as...

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Daphne – Propagating

Q: My Daphne odora ‘Alba’ has a rose-colored sport that I would like to propagate. Any suggestions? A: Here’s a good reference: Shrub...

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Harsh Winter – Are My Plants Dead?

Q: Has winter weather killed my (gardenia), (loropetalum), (daphne), etc? A: With multiple bouts of sub-10 degree cold, the winter of 2014 will teach us all some lessons about how hardy our plants REALLY are. I’m wondering how my St. Augustine lawn will fare. How about my daphne and Carolina jessamine and Confederate jasmine? So...

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What kind of Daphne?

Not evergreen, blooms in early spring, likes it mostly shady, very fragrant, very difficult to...

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Fragrant Plants

Q: You mentioned daphne in a recent article but can you list other fragrant plants that do well in our climate? A: I don’t think I appreciated the value of landscape fragrance until the last few years in my garden. I was delighted a few weeks ago when I discovered, by nose alone, a newly...

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What kind of shrub is this?

Can anyone identify this shrub? It blooms every year from mid Jan- mid Feb small pink to light red colored flowers. Currently it’s about 4-5 ft tall with a rounded domed shape, larger oval dark green waxy leaves. I really like it and would like to get...

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Seasonal Calendar – February

FIRST WEEK: • Prune apple and pear trees now – but postpone peach pruning until mid-March. see Home Garden Apples • It’s dangerous to spray glyphosate (Roundup, etc) on bermudagrass, even if you think it is completely dormant. Make sure no green bermuda sprouts are near the soil surface. Here’s a better idea: Winter Weed Control •...

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Daphnes – Layer branches

Q: I’m growing daphnes. While educating myself, I ran across this statement: “One can layer branches of daphne in the spring.” Would you explain what they mean by “layer branches” ? A: “Layering” a branch means to help it form roots while touching the soil. Find a flexible daphne branch and gentle bend it until...

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Winter 2014 – Recovery and Prognosis

With multiple bouts of sub-10 degree cold, the winter of 2014 will teach us all some lessons about how hardy our plants REALLY are. I’m wondering how my St. Augustine lawn will fare. How about my daphne and Carolina jessamine and Confederate jasmine? So far, I’m really impressed with how well my fatsia and pittosporum...

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Watering – Before a Freeze

Q: When you know the temperature is going to be way below freezing one evening and your plants need watering (especially tender perennials), is it better to wait? Or does watering do more harm than good? Is dry soil a better insulator around the tender roots than wet? A: Hmmmm, that’s a question I haven’t...

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Soil – Percolation Rate

Throughout my childhood, I was awakened each morning by the sound and smell of percolating coffee. After a hearty cup of Maxwell House, my father was off to feed the chickens, milk the cows or tend to the innumerable chores of a small farm. If I beat him to the table, I watched and listened...

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Deer Control – Resistant Plants

Judging from the messages I’ve received from gardeners in Big Canoe, Lake Oconee, Eagles Landing and other naturalistic residential settings, one wild creature deserves the anima non grata landscape sign: whitetail deer. When they can’t find food in the woods, deer venture out to dine on landscape plants. But just as children prefer to eat...

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