Daphne retusa: lustrous and lusty!

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Tim Ingram
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I have a friend who probably grows well over 100 Daphnes - he is on very good terms with Robin White! My two all time favourites are retusa and odora, both of which make superlative garden plants, and odora is, I think, the best scented of all the genus. I noticed that in Robin's book it was this species that first got him hooked. (Mind you he is a bit good at growing all sorts of other plants too!).

Our specimens of bholua have suffered badly following the long cold and snowy weather before Christmas. I am hoping that if I cut them down they may regenerate from the base or the roots because they do form shoots some way from the main stem and i imagine root cuttings could be a way of propagating them. Presumably they are too tender for a lot of the States?

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

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Tim wrote:

I have a friend who probably grows well over 100 Daphnes - he is on very good terms with Robin White! My two all time favourites are retusa and odora, both of which make superlative garden plants, and odora is, I think, the best scented of all the genus. I noticed that in Robin's book it was this species that first got him hooked. (Mind you he is a bit good at growing all sorts of other plants too!).

Our specimens of bholua have suffered badly following the long cold and snowy weather before Christmas. I am hoping that if I cut them down they may regenerate from the base or the roots because they do form shoots some way from the main stem and i imagine root cuttings could be a way of propagating them. Presumably they are too tender for a lot of the States?

My two forms of bholua froze to death last winter - and it was the root that died, not the stem or leaves which seemed to be quite healthy when the spring arrived.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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