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Osmanthus Delavayi — 40 Comments

  1. Hello Esther
    I think our garden is just too small for Leylandii. Mind you I also have seen it looking rather good when well looked after.

  2. Although a Laylandii hedge is awful when out of hand (and must take a lot of light) it can look impressive when kept in hand – but what a job! Your garden looks airier now but will look even more special when you have your roses trained along the trellis.

  3. Hi Astrid
    I would never have tackled that hedge. Some of the other jobs I will be getting help with I would have been up to in years gone by.

  4. Alistair – you certainly have enough going on to keep you very busy. The Osmanthus Delavayi is new to me but sounds gorgeous. Too bad it’s a Zone 7 – I will enjoy it vicariously through you.
    Good job taking down the hedge. Isn’t youth admirable (and to be envied?) Yup – I remember days when heavy garden work didn’t exhaust me and make me ache all over!! Those were the good old days :). Best of luck with the addition.

  5. I’m so sorry to hear about Myra, it must be a real nightmare for you both, I hope you find a way through it all that gives you back some contentment and a feeling of “home”.

  6. Janet. This Osmanthus survived two Winters in Aberdeen without protection, perhaps the salt may be the problem though. Extension! its all gone horribly wrong, Myra simply has not been coping with the move and is making herself ill. We have put a stop to the extension as it looks like she would not be able to stand the strain. Just decided to upgrade the house without all the building work. Mind you, last week we were considering putting it up for sale. I would miss the milder climate though.

  7. Hi Alistair, What a difference the new fence makes! The garden actually looks bigger now. The roses are going to be wonderful on the new trellis section. I hope the extension goes smoothly. Renovations are never easy. It all seems to be really coming along nicely though.

  8. Hi AListair, I keep trying to work out where I could plant an Osmanthus delvayi to enjoy the scent, coming up blank at the moment, as it wouldn’t survive the cold northerly salt winds in the front garden over winter. Wonderful to have yours in the ground now. Excellent to have no leylandii now, the trellis looks really good, how did you protect what is behind when you spray painted the trellis? I must admit I had never thought of that as a solution, I have trellis to paint and it is a job I really hate, so fiddly with a paint brush. Very exciting to have the extension starting so soon, I hope it isn’t all too disruptive.

  9. Unfortunately, Osmanthus is one of those lovely shrubs that is just not hardy in this part of Pennsylvania, Alistair, I’m sorry to say. Your new fence and trellis are stunning! P. x

  10. Thanks Donna, we are very happy with the fence also. Seems like we have come to a decision not to bother extending the house after all and just continue with internal upgrades. This way I will be able to get stuck into the garden and not worry about making it any smaller.

  11. This is plant I am not familiar with but I love the flowers and habit. But the fence is my favorite…I it perfect and really makes the garden backdrop. And the color is perfect Alistair.

  12. What a lovely fence and look forward to seeing the roses bolstering all over it in the not distant future. So much nice plant material you have there, my friend

  13. Thats a shame, I was never able to grow Magnolias in Aberdeen. Here in Cheshire they have been looking magnificent since the third week of March, must try to find a place for at least one in our garden.

  14. That would be -4 F. Technically we have a minimum temperature of 0 to 5 degrees F, but I don’t believe it especially since we went down to 28 degrees last night in mid-April. Magnolias and daffodils among other plants were ruined.

  15. Hi Alistair, we left behind a mature Osmanthus shrub, it would have just finished flowering now, it was planted right by the front door so you could get a good whiff of its fragrant flowers going past. No doubt there will be another (or several) eventually planted in the new garden. The new trellis is so much better than the lelandii hedge before and really opens up that side of the garden. You may need to dramatically improve the soil before the new plants go in as the old hedge (and its roots) will have taken a lot of the goodness out of the soil and roses and clematis are greedy feeders.

  16. Patty, my only concern with removing the hedge was, it gave good shelter for the birds in Winter. Woodland area next to us though.

  17. Fantastic difference now the hedge has gone, it must give you a new page to work on. I find the genus Osmanthus quite handy as I grow both O. x burkwoodii and O. heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’ which is so different. You certainly seem to have taken the new garden head on and are already stamping your personalities on it. Have you been down the road to Grasslands yet?

  18. I liked the hedge Alistair, however once I read about the roses I understood the reasoning. The fence is very attractive and will provide a lovely backdrop for your roses. I hope Cheshire will feel like home soon.

  19. Much prefer that gorgeous fence to the ol’ hedge. It’s all taking shape, becoming yours & Myra’s garden.

  20. Frances,had to work in plenty compost when planting the Roses. Soil is very clay like, in fact I could start up a pottery business.

  21. Alistair your trellis fence looks really nice and the roses will look beautiful on it, the osmanthus delavayi looks like a nice plant too, nice it has settled into it’s new home,

    all the best for the up and coming building work, Frances

  22. Helene, I am also reluctant to plant very tall shrubs. This one is easy to keep under control whilst still keeping its good looks. Mind you the blooms and leaves are tiny. I am sure a good joiner would still be able to add these curved trellis add on’s

  23. I must admit Osmanthus delavayi is completely new to me, looks lovely and being evergreen I would consider having it in my garden. With and ultimate height and spread of 2.5-4m it’s good you say it tolerate well to be pruned, I would never have dared gone for a plant with those final measurements otherwise!

    Your new fence looks splendid! Must have been quite a job (and an expense) as it looks like you have changed the old ones too? I like the curved bit you have added on the top, I wish I could do that on my fences too, but the fence posts are level with the top of the fence so I don’t think it is possible to retrofit. Good luck with your extension work, hope it won’t be too much of an upheaval for you 🙂

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