Daphne on Battlestone Hill

Posted on 15/01/2022 By

Daphne

If you have ‘Smellovision’, you are in luck, for this is the most highly scented blog we have ever written.

White flowers of a Daphne.

A Daphne laden with flowers.

Nameplate for Daphne bholua.

But I suspect you haven’t. If you really want to share the glorious scent of Daphne, you need to go out in the garden if you have any out there.

The chances are you will not have one quite like the Daphne on Battleston Hill within RHS Wisley Gardens. So I suggest you go there and walk into the woods of the hillside and just follow your nose. You will come to a fairly ordinary looking shrub. Close your eyes. Breathe in and be prepared to be overwhelmed.

It was New Years Day. Big football match at Sutton United that afternoon. But a sunny morning and the knowledge that mid-winter can be just as rewarding for a garden walk as any other time of year.

Daphne always reminds Bobby of Dorothy, his mum. It was her favourite plant and, of course, there was one in her garden. There are a number of varieties and you need to study a little to choose one for your own garden.

There was lots more to see that day. The photographs were taken mostly in the woods of Battleston Hill, which comes into its own from now until early summer.

Witch Hazel (scented).

Witch Hazel (scented).

Nameplate for Witch Hazel - Hamamelis intermedia 'Harry@

Unusual Pine.

Unusual Pine.

Early Rhododendron.

Hellebore.

Hellebore.

Nameplate for Hellebore. Helleborus Argutifolius.

Cyclamen.

Cyclamen.

Wood chipping path through a tree-lined Battleston Hill.

Battleston Hill.

Camellia Showgirl.

Camellia Showgirl.

Nameplate for Camellia Showgirl.

Fallen flowers of "Showgirl" making a pink carpet on the ground.

Fallen flowers of “Showgirl”.

Early Rhododendron.

Early Rhododendron.

Viburnum (scented).

Viburnum (scented).

Nameplate for Viburnum: Viburnum Bodnantense 'Dawn'.

Witch Hazel. Different variety (scented).

Witch Hazel. Different variety (scented).

Nameplate for Witch Hazel: Hamamelis mollis Wisley Supreme.

Camellia.

Camellia.

Viburnum (different variety).

Viburnum (different variety).

Lichen.

Lichen.

Dogwood.

Dogwood.

Hellebore.

Hellebore.

Prunus (Cherry).

Prunus (Cherry).

Nameplate for Cherry: Prunus incisa 'Praecox'.

Prunus (Cherry).

Prunus (Cherry).

Snowdrops.

First Snowdrops. One of our favourite flowers. The harbinger of spring.

First Snowdrops. One of our favourite flowers. The harbinger of spring.

Interpretation board explaining "Snowdrop" comes from the German word "Schneetropfen", which were teardrop shaped earrings popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Well we never knew that! Diddley had a pair of Snowdrop earrings.

Lighting a Candle for Diddley

A candle lit for Diddley in a Pint Beer Glass from the Wickwar Brewing Company "Beer from Gloucester" with the name Bob on it.

Wickwar Brewery

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