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Watching the Edgeworthia

By Ozhene @papaver
I have been fairly obsessed with Edgeworthia chrysantha since the moment I first saw one.  They have the most amazing scent and flower early enough in the year to mean that they will not go unnoticed.  I have owned several and I have killed a few (but then again, too few to mention...).  I had one that lived in a pot quite successfully for years until I moved to this house.  I then planted it in the garden and killed it.  I think I tried again after that to no avail so this one that I bought in 2013 was pretty much a last attempt.
I planted it in the most sheltered part of the garden where it forms one of the four sisters.  Every year I watch it carefully, hoping that it does not die in the winter and hoping that it might flower in the Spring.
So far in terms of not dying it is 100% successful, it is not dead.
In terms of flowering, well that has all got a bit exciting this year.  Let me demonstrate:
Watching the Edgeworthia The first sign that the bud that had been promising much but doing little was actually going to perform.
Watching the Edgeworthia Two florets opened and it was suddenly looking really possible.
Watching the Edgeworthia A bug joined in to see what the fuss was about.
Watching the Edgeworthia I reckon that is four.
Watching the Edgeworthia Four and a bit?
Watching the Edgeworthia Six and a bit and enough that I can actually smell the wonderful scent.
Watching the Edgeworthia But then, alas and alack, a retrograde step.
Watching the Edgeworthia and back we go to nearly the start.  But it is ok, I am not downhearted in fact I am happy.  Yes I will be anxiously watching the edgeworthia again all next winter, but I shall also be excitedly awaiting flowers as now I know they are possible.

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