For which reasons, I will go ahead and combine the two themes today. The search for fragrant flowers has, not surprisingly, induced some curious gymnastics around my garden since most of my plants are still very small and can only be smelled by getting down on hands and knees, or by standing on one's head.
The photo below is a case in point. At perhaps 12 in/41 cm high, the young lavender "Blueberry Ruffles" has finally begun to bloom; in fact, it is loaded with buds. It had a difficult start, needing quite a bit of watering and general fussing over, but it is holding its own now, and the bees have discovered it.
|Lavendula stoechas Madrid|
Another flower that I have spent some extra time attempting to smell is the recently bloomed Berlandiera lyrata, with its elusive chocolate scent. Smell or no, it is a wonderful addition to the Dry Corner by the acacia.
|Salvia greggii "Flame"|
|Salvia greggii "Autumn Moon"|
Just beside the pink and white of S. g. "Autumn Moon", there is the wonderful miniature rose "Daniela", with a sweet rose fragrance in blooms that are actually quite large and sturdy on this little plant.
And finally we will go just beyond the garden - as presently laid out! - to where the apricot tree opened its first blossoms this morning. Several are just at nose-level; scent is light but sweet, the fragile beauty of the flowers is unmistakable.
So there are the blooms, in particular the fragrant blooms, to be found in my garden now.
ed. And now I can also link to the Scent in the Garden theme at Wellywoman's blog!