Like a nearby stand of lilacs, this big stand of mock orange has needed lots of pruning over the last four or five years.
It was full of dead wood in the middle and at the bottom and I’ve discovered that mock orange blooms on one-year-old wood.
So you don’t need to be timid about giving it a serious whack after it blooms in June.
My nutty deer have left that stand of mock orange alone, but they hammered this one on the other side of the yard.
No one told them that mock orange is on nearly every list of deer-resistant plants. Luckily it grows so fast that they can’t really do much damage. And I’ve started spraying it with a repellent that seems to be working.