While tidying the woodland a few days ago, getting it ready for the snowdrop season, I saw a little sapling of only about 12 inches tall, growing at the side of the path next to some cyclamen
Daphne Jaqueline Postill, in the woodland, hasn’t been looking very happy for a couple of years now, the leaves are sparse and looking very yellow, she will have to come out.
A few cuttings were taken two years ago, two of which have survived. They took so long to root, I thought they were never going to succeed, but I think this is the year when they can be released into the woodland as replacements.
I also have a shrub of the species Daphne boluha in the woodland which is planted about 15 ft away from Jaqueline.
I’m wondering if the little seedling is the result of the bees busily working the flowers and then maybe a seed has been dropped by the birds at the edge of the path, I really do hope it is a Daphne seedling!
I’ve read that they don’t like being transplanted but I’m afraid that the seedling is in the wrong place at the edge of the path, it will grow too wide and block the way unfortunately. I’ll have to be very careful when digging it up after it has finished flowering, yes it has a flower cluster almost opening, even though it is only 12 inches tall!
What a lovely New Year’s present courtesy of Mother Nature!