Just a quick one to share a few of the fragrant shrubs that are coming into bloom:
Banana Shrub (Michelia figo):
Click here for more info on this shrub.
Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus floridus) aka Sweet Shrub...I think the fragrance smells like strawberry yogurt...especially strong in the late afternoon, early evening. I was very up on this shrub until this year. It's quite happy, apparently, where it is growing and is now rather large. All well and fine as this means lots of blooms. However, this year I have found it growing very near the backless daphne and into the variegated mock orange nearby...suckering is okay, within bounds...throwing out ones a good 3 feet or more away is not. Hmph. Still love the way it smells, though.
Sensation lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Senation'), one of the prettiest:
And Miss Kim (Syringa patula 'Miss Kim'), smaller blossoms on a smaller shrub:
Broom (Cytisus 'Moonlight') has a powerful fragrance:
In draft mode are the first clematis, iris, fragrant azaleas and lots of other plants. Visits to Herbs Galore and Lewis Ginter's plant sale are also coming up...I just love spring!
Until then, here's Leo...guarding the iris, I hope...more likely plotting how he'll roll on that garlic!