Mock Orange

Mock Orange is such an unfortunate name for such a delightful flower. It really seems unfair that it doesn't get a distinct name, but instead is called an impostor. It's called mock orange because it looks and smells like an orange blossom but is not one. As one might expect, it means, according to Kate Greenaway, “counterfeit.” If you take floral symbolism seriously, mock orange may belong exclusively in a bouquet that you send a frenemy.

If you don't take the meaning too seriously it would be a lovely addition to any posey. It's a beautiful flowering shrub. The buds have four white leaves. It's a rather old fashioned sort of flower that one rarely sees anymore, but I have hope that it's making a comeback. I had a few bushes in the yard of a former rental apartment. Tangentially, for a few months I was calling the mock orange a dogwood because a botanist friend who was helping me identify the plants had taken a leave, torn it in two, and shown me the stringing sinews. He claimed this was the mark of a dogwood. I don't speak from authority, but they could possibly be a variety of dogwood. They have a lot of similarities.

This posey contains mock orange and poppies from Mary Simmons' garden. 

This posey contains mock orange and poppies from Mary Simmons' garden. 

 

Until next week!

xx,

Persephone