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At the center of the front yard is an old mock orange shrub. How it survived the house being built is a mystery -- but I'm glad it did. In the spring it's alight with beautiful, single white blossoms with the exquisite fragrance of orange blossoms. Clearly Philadelphus Virginalis, it's a gem to have in the garden! It's now late May, 1999, and once again the mock orange is perfuming the entire front yard with it's exquisite scent. I've noticed that it's strongest late in the day. Here's a close-up of the blossoms, followed by the entire shrub in bloom.
The mock orange has begun its 2000 bloom.
The mock orange has begun to bloom -- late May, 2001.
It's now the end of May, and the mock orange is at the height of its bloom. The fragrance scents the entire front yard.
The mock orange has burst into bloom in 2002, covered with its sweetly-scented flowers.
It's early June, 2003, and the mock orange has begun to bloom, scenting the air with its wonderful fragrance.
It's late May 2004 and the Mock Orange has begun to bloom, filling the garden with its wonderful fragrance.
It's early June 2005 and the Mock Orange has burst into bloom, perfuming the front yard with it's sweet fragrance.
It's mid-May 2006 and the mock orange has opened the first of its hundreds of blooms.
Toward the end of June, the landscaper cut the Mock Orange down to the ground in order to renew it (as with so many other things, he was late). Now, at the end of July, you can see just how quickly it has started to return.
Given the late pruning in 2006, the Mock Orange didn't bloom at all in 2007 but put on good growth. Now, the first of June 2008 brings the bloom of the renewed Mock Orange.
Spring 2009 bring the bloom of the mock orange with its wonderfully scented simple white flowers.
It's early May 2010 and the mock orange has begun to bloom.
The mock orange continues blooming to the end of May.
It's now getting toward the end of mid-May 2011 and the mock orange has begun to bloom.
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