Our Osmanthus Delavayi performed well enough grown in a container in Aberdeen. Overwintering it in the greenhouse was unnecessary.
Here in our Cheshire front garden, we have just planted it directly into one of the borders. I have to admit this plant has performed better in its new location. Its more robust in appearance, flowers are more profuse and a warm late March morning gave the opportunity for the first time to experience the very pleasant sweet fragrance.
To be quite honest, the Winter has been exceptionally mild, even in Aberdeen, and its performance further north may well have been just as good as it has been here.
The slow growing evergreen Osmanthus Delavayi has small glossy dark green serrated leaves and in March/April the arching stems are smothered in fragrant, small white blooms. Whilst in flower the habit resembles that of Spiraea Arguta.
I mention the slow growing habit, as some may be put off by the fact that it can grow to a height of fifteen feet. I would honestly ignore this as its quite simple to keep this beauty in check. Pruning can be carried out in late Spring. A general tidy up in the first few years will be sufficient, simply remove any dead wood and crossed over branches, then when you feel that it becoming too tall, just prune it back accordingly. Plant your Osmanthus in full sun or semi shade, grows in any reasonable free draining soil. Small black berries are produced after flowering, our plant didn’t offer this bonus in Aberdeen, I will keep a check on this in our new garden and keep you updated.
*** Osmanthus ***
On my last post I was talking about removing this Leylandii hedge.
The builders who are doing our extension, (hopefully starting in four weeks time) sent round these guys who made short work of it. They cut back the hedge one morning and came back next day to remove the remaining roots.
A few days later, the new trellis and fences were erected. I have started the big paint job, made much easier with the use of a spray-gun.
I used cuprinol garden shades, ideal for fences and outdoor furniture. This colour is, Wild Thyme. This is what I used on our Summer house back in Aberdeen.
I must say that when the Summer house was completed it looked more of a dusky shade of green, this time it is more of a bluey green, not quite as blue as my picture looks in our monitor.
We have four climbing Roses to plant along the trellis, supplier sent four instead of five trellis panels, we will get another Rose for the fifth panel when it arrives.
The four climbers are.
Aloha *** Salmon pink blooms
Golden Showers *** Yellow blooms
Ghislaine de Feligonde *** Creamy white
New Dawn Red *** Red
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