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  1. Sian in Belgium

    Sian in Belgium Total Gardener

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    My mum has this lovely philadelphus in her garden. The scent is amazing! I am thinking of trying to take some cuttings - I know that it is the wrong time of year for hardwood cuttings, but seeing as I don't know how much longer mum will be living here... any tips for taking cuttings now gratefully received!

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    Dad was very proud of this plant - I thought he said it was a tree paeony, but I'm not to sure... it seems to be spreading from the base. (There's a rogue Japanese anemone in front of it). Again, I'm wondering if I can propagate it, and am thinking of trying to remove a rooted section from the base of the plant. Would this work?
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    A close-up of the lovely flowers.

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    These seedlings are popping up in the gravel next to the "paeony". At first, I thought they were its babies. But now I'm not so sure. The leaves seem sharper, and longer...
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    (Apologies in advance, I know I have asked about two of these plants before...)
     
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      Verdun Passionate gardener

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      Philadelphus aureus Sian :)
      Lovely to propagate something so sentimental too.....its what gardening is about I think.
      I would wait until flowering is over, the correct pruning time, and take some of the new shoots ideally about 3" long. They will root over the summer outdoors in a shady sheltered position. Or, take hardwood cuttings at the end of summer.
       
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          Thank you both for your help!

          I think I have got some of the hellebores established already back in Belgium, but I will probably take some more. The foliage is lovely, and knowing dad, it may well be one of the scented varieties.

          The philadelphus is just gone over the peak flowering time. I will be heading back on Saturday, so I will try to take some this visit, and again this autumn.

          I will do some googling about the paeony, to see if it might be possible now...

          Thank you again - I hope to be able to capture some memories!!
           
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          Memories are so precious Sian :)
           
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