As I say, I do love fragrant plants. But oddly enough, although some are in bloom at present, they are nearly all plants in which the foliage is more noticeably fragrant than the flowers.
There is, of course, the Spanish lavender (Lavendula stoechas "Madrid"), still blossoming sturdily away and feeding pollinators. But now I have a question: are the bees drawn by the odour of the leaves or of the flowers, or perhaps the deep colour is still the most obvious attraction. (For pictures of the enthusiasm shown over the lavender on the first really warm morning after some frost, check my earlier Wordless on Wednesday post.)
Salvia greggii (Autumn Sage) "Autumn Moon" is nearly at the end of its three month blooming extravaganza. Mostly there are only the maroon-coloured bracts left. Fortunately, the foliage is still as fragrant as ever, with its minty sage smell, indistinguishable (to my nose) between blossom and leaf.
|Salvia greggii "Autumn Moon"|
|Salvia greggii "Flame"|
Such is my first fragrance tour around the garden proper. On the patio, however, it is a different matter. There the rose "Sun Flare", in full bloom just now, has a light, sweet fragrance deep in its classic yellow petals.
But for all that, the best scent in the entire yard comes from neither leaf nor flower, but from fruit. The sweet fragrance of ripe oranges is rich around the laden orange tree.