When I saw WellyWoman’s post about scent in the garden yesterday I thought I had nothing new in the garden that was perfumed and so wouldn’t be able to contribute this month.
But any excuse for a walk around with the camera.
Lonicera fragrantissima has been flowering since January and there are more flowers than ever this year. It is planted at the top of the drive close to where we park the car so it’s glorious perfume is enjoyed every time we go out or arrive home.
Then I remembered that I had Hyacinth ‘Miss Saigon’ and you can’t have a much more scented plant than a hyacinth. This is their third year and I had imagined (hoped even) that they would stop looking like dumpy forced hyacinths and would perhaps break into two or more small stems, but no, they are obviously in an environment they like with dry summers and free draining soil. The colour of this Hyacinth (the only variety I have) is truly gorgeous! I’ve been taking lots of images of them with my new camera as the depth of colour is incredible.
Sadly Clematis Armandii almost died after the very hot summer in 2013 but at the end of last year I saw some fresh shoots which are now covered in buds, when fully open the air will be perfumed with honey.
A surprise is some lavender that is flowering and has been doing so for at least a month. These are not the ones in the formal garden but some that were given to me as rooted cuttings; I was told by my friend that they flowered for the whole year but didn’t quite believe it, it seems they may have been correct and my scepticism unfounded.
In a pot on the Terrace I have a pot with some delightful violets; I love their deep blue colour and I’m sure they must be sweetly perfumed but on this cold day I couldn’t actually smell them.
The bloom I was most happy to find, as I’ve been waiting for the buds to open for a few weeks now is the species Freesia; I can’t wait until there are a few more flowers so that I can cut some to bring inside, I think the colour is lovely and the perfume of this is outstanding.
Do visit Louise to read about the scented plants she is celebrating this month.