Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Heavenly Scents

Not only is the garden filled with beautiful spring flowers, it's also filled with the scent of subtle and strong fragrance these days. As I walk through the garden I can pick up varying degrees of scents - some earthy, some subtle and others filling the night air with heavy fragrance.

The Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow plant is one of the more subtle scents which is a good thing because it emits a low, earthy musk scent that is not appealing to everyone. You have to be near this plant to pick up the scent. It's not one of my favorite scents, but I like it because it is different.

The roses bloom beautifully and with ease in the perfect spring weather. Angel Face is one that I collected from my Aunt Erna's garden when she passed away.

The Red Knock-outs are a no-fail, easy to grow, unfussy rose that rewards its owner year round.

One of my favorites is Confederate Jasmine. I have this vine growing on all 4 sides of my home and I love being surrounded by this wonderfully intoxicating scent. I wish it bloomed year round.

  A close cousin, the Night Blooming Jasmine is also blooming, and it has a wonderful scent, too.

Sweet Almond scents the garden throughout the year. 

Don Juan, another one of my aunt's roses, has a fruity scent.

The Pink Knock-out is another sweet smelling winner. 

I saved the most fragrant plant in the garden for last. This one single apricot Angel Trumpet turned into

a choir of heavenly scent! 

You can almost get drunk on the heavy evening scent of these blooms. It is a distinctive scent that is very recognizable. These days I stroll through my garden several times a day - enjoying the last remaining weeks of pleasant spring weather and breathing deeply the scents that surround me. In the evening I sit on the patio until dark, enjoy the heavy fragrance from the Angel Trumpet that dominates the garden. 

I don't want spring to end!!!

4 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love all of the scents happening here too. Star jasmine is in my front hedge and fantastic. Confederate jasmine I have in two places and love it too. I look forward to those blooms every spring. I have Tahitian Gardenia with its huge scented blooms, roses, herbs that are brushed against when I walk past. Your datura is wonderful! I had one like that but it died a few years back in the drought conditions we were having then. I've got two babies now and look forward to their blooms.

Your gardens are so full considering they are relatively new. You're doing a wonderful job Susan.

Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

Janice Taylor said...


So many beautiful flowers! Susan, your garden is looking extremely happy, just lush. I love all the scented plants you have, and I think the only one I'm not growing is Sweet Almond. Wow, your Angel Trumpet is really strutting it's stuff! Enjoy all that beauty and those intoxicating scents. _Janice

daisy gurl said...

What a blessing to be surrounded by such wonderful aromas! I really need to focus on scents in my next garden. ;0D

Lynn McIntosh said...

Hi Susan! You have a wonderful array of scents in your yard - I love them all! I, too, sit outside in the evening to enjoy the angel trumpet fragrance. It is so crazy beautiful, and I can never get enough! Lovely roses too. Enjoy!

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