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My mock orange bush bloomed the first year I transplanted it from the nursery, but then didn't bloom again. In 2010 we moved it, it bloomed the first year and then quit again. Do you know if that's typical, should I be doing that yearly? Any ideas you have would be appreciated. Thank you for your time, MC.

Greetings, Mary.

I have researched the reblooming mock orange and I cringe to tell you that you may have been sold, as reblooming, a once blooming mock orange. Yours seems to predate the reblooming cultivars, which sound wonderful. All of the material I am finding make reference to the rebloomers being new in 2011.

Has it ever rebloomed? It is a very tolerant shrub, and can take a great deal of abuse, including a lack of water. I don't think that you are doing anything wrong. I just think that it is not in the nature of your mock orange to rebloom.

Do you live near the nursery at which the shrub was purchased? If so, stop by and ask for a replacement. If you bought it online, a note to them might get you a replacement. I once got mislabeled peonies replaced five years after purchasing them from a reputable on line  supplier. You don't necessarily need proof of purchase.

I am sorry to give you what must be disappointing news. Please do let me know of the response from the seller. Really good sellers make good on their products even years after purchase.

Best wishes,



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I am a Master Gardener through the University of Illinois Extension.I can answer questions about pest control, especially voles, rabbits, chipmunks and slugs, and have done so on Dave's Garden Watchdog under the name DonnaMack since 2002. I have a lot of expertise with ornamental grasses, hardy roses and old garden roses, minor bulbs such as ornigothalem, chionodoxa and allium as well as most types of lilies. I lived in a conservaton community and have great familiarity with native plants. I am knowledgeable about organic methods and I grow perennials, annuals and vegetables from seed.


I have been gardening since 1998 and have raised roses, peonies, annuals and perennials (the latter two from seed), and numerous shrubs and trees, many of which I have planted. I am familiar with many organic techniques and use as many as I can but know the chemical solutions, which are most benign and how to use them. I LOVE gardening, and I get great satisfaction with helping others so that they reach the state of joy that gardening can bring to those inclined to it.

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I have numerous entries in Garden Watchdog under the name DonnaMack. I write three to four columns a year for the Kane County Chronicle. I also write articles for Daves Garden Watchdog.

I successfully completed the University of Illinois Master Gardening Program in March of 2013 and have maintained my certification every year since. I did this to augment extensive self study through books (I've probably read 100) and an arts degree, which helps with aesthetics. I am purely an amateur, but one who studies, reads, and documents extensively. My gardening log began in 2000, and has hundreds of entries, so that I can use my successes and failures to assist other gardeners.

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The University of Illinois created a Team with Work Award for master gardeners who work together to create what they regard as an outstanding project. I won this award as part of a group that created "The Idea Garden", which suggests plants for home growers to attempt to grow. My personal contribution was salvias - ornamental and culinary hardy and tender perennials, which I grew from seed and tended through the season. I have recently been asked to join the Speakers Bureau, which would require me to present topics to various groups under the auspices of the Master Gardening program.

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I am currently overseeing and performing the maintenance of ten gardens in a suburbs of Chicago.

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