Sunday, May 17, 2015
Garden Fragrance: May
But overall, the new roses are getting into stride. Graham Thomas has just opened a first bloom though the plant is still not more than a foot and a half high.
Another plant which arrived with them is Salvia reptans, sometimes called West Texas Grass Sage. It is also going ahead early and sending out its miniscule but magnificently blue flowers. Scent, while present, is perhaps not its strong point: pungent with, to my nose, a hint of gasoline. Perhaps it would be better to note that many desert plants have fairly pungent fragrances of the love-it-or-hate-it type. Despite my description, I don't actually mind the smell of S. reptans. I would definitely grow it for the colour more than the scent, however!
Other long-blooming fragrant plants include Salvia greggii "Autumn Moon"...