Fra­grant daphne . . . a per­fume de­light

Bay News - - Front Page - Ginny Clark Daphne Per­fume Princess, right.

‘ Th‘ is is both the first and last daphne to flower in bloom each year in our ’’ gar­den.With

win­ter on the way we wel­come the ar­rival of some of na­ture’s most fra­grant of plants in­clud­ing Daphne Per­fume De­light, a re­cent re­lease daphne.

In­deed, this daphne has it all, with one of the sweet­est fra­grances and is prized for its pro­fu­sion of es­pe­cially large flow­ers which stretch all down the stem. The flow­ers are blush pink fad­ing to white and with the stems cov­ered in flow­ers they make a fan­tas­tic show and are a great choice for cut­ting and us­ing in­doors for their al­lur­ing fra­grance.

Daphne Per­fume Princess has been bred by Mark Jury in Taranaki and was re­leased in New Zealand in 2015. It is the ear­li­est of all daphnes to bloom and is the long­est flow­er­ing.

The flow­ers are sig­nif­i­cantly larger than the com­pa­ra­ble odora types. The flow­er­ing sea­son is also a great deal longer.

“This is both the first and last daphne to flower in bloom each year in our gar­den,” says Mark.

The plant it­self is no­tice­ably more ro­bust than other odoras too.

It is an ex­cel­lent per­former with up­right and slightly spread­ing glossy ev­er­green fo­liage grow­ing to 1.5 x 1m.

Plant th­ese in ei­ther a sunny or partly shady spot near a path­way or win­dow and the fra­grance will stop you in your tracks. You could also plant into a pot or trough and po­si­tion it where you want it when it is flow­er­ing. Re­mem­ber to feed your daphne after flow­er­ing with a hand­ful of Os­mo­cote or camel­lia and aza­lea fer­tiliser and keep wa­tered through any dry spells.

This week we are able to of­fer you some big, bushy and burst­ing into flower Daphne Per­fume Princess plants. Per­fect for the gar­den or in pots. So if you want some fab fra­grance in your gar­den, get in quick as th­ese big bushy plants won’t last long.

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