Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'
The Daphne, Carol Mackie I ordered from Park Seed unfortunately arrived rather quickly. The weather is miserably cold and I don't dare plant it until it warms a bit. The new shoots are already somewhat wilted although I've kept it in the unheated garage and put it out in the light only when the temperatures are above 40 degrees F. I had bad luck with the one I bought previously, an almost full grown plant which upon transplantation promptly withered and died. Luckily I was able to recoup my loss as it was guaranteed for a year. So I hope this tiny plant proves tougher than the big one. Though I bought it for its fragrance, I love the leaves rimmed with gold. This is supposed to be one of a few that can take a zone 6 winter.
An interesting bit of information from the Wayside Garden site: "A genetic mutation, or chimera of Daphne x Burkwoodii Somerset, it was discovered and originally propagated by avid gardener Carol Mackie in her New Jersey garden."
Another tidbit of information about Carol Mackie. Gleaned from the NY Times Paid Notice.
BRETT, CAROLYN S. (MACKIE) died April 24, 1999.
Her name was not Carol Mackie but Carolyn. She married Roger Brett and her married name was Carolyn S. Brett. Born in 1908, Englewood NJ. Lived in Far Hills, NJ 1946-67. Moved to Rancho Santa Fe, CA 1967-92. Died in Carlsbad, CA after a short illness.