Winter Daphne

Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' (Winter daphne)

Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (Winter daphne)

The blushing reddish pink, fleshy flowers forming on Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (Winter daphne) are a cheery sight on this gray and soggy day. There are three of these low-growing evergreen shrubs planted along the front porch. By late January or early February each should be covered with white clusters of sweetly scented blooms.

Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' (Winter daphne)-5

Heavy rains that began Christmas night have saturated the garden. Three loud claps of thunder during today’s lunchtime downpour have set into play my father’s old saying, “thunder in winter will bring snow within two weeks.”  (Other versions of this folk wisdom bring snow within seven days!)

We do not get a lot of snow in this part of North Carolina, but I have known thunder and snow to coincide this way a few times, making the rare snow events even more delightful.

No snow in the official forecast. It is overcast and 46.2 °F on this day after Christmas.

8 thoughts on “Winter Daphne

  1. paulinemulligan

    You are going to be surrounded with the most gorgeous perfume, you will be permanently sitting on your porch!!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      So true Pauline. The porch will be the place to be. Where the Daphne is planted is also the path between the front door and the car, so the scent can be enjoyed often.


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