Undoubtedly this is the best season for the most remarkable fragrances wafting through the air of the garden. The most outstanding scent has to be the Gardenia jasminoides oraugusta. They really do permeate the air in a lovely lemony-flowery sort of way.
Grafted gardenias will thrive in the garden for many happy years when given the correct environment. They like lots of organic material, a mostly sunny spot, and require fertilization with minor elements as they are heavy feeders. The Miami Supreme has flower sizes of 3-5" and this one is a single-trunked specimen sited on the perimeter of the circle garden.
The powerful scent of the Jasminum nitidum, Angelwing jasmine draws my attention towards the back side of the tropical pathway. These are potent and profuse little bloomers all the way through summer.
Even though the southern magnolia tree has gotten so big the blooms are difficult to see (or photograph)there is no mistaking it is blooming. A walk near the north side of the back garden will fill up your senses with the mixture of magnolias and confederate jasmine nearby. Just bring one magnolia bloom indoors and you will instantly refresh the room it resides.
My favorite time to peruse the veggie garden is as the new day dawns. Just before the sun crests through the trees.Early mornings and late evenings the sweet fragrances are more prevalent.
I just love how a soft breeze will pick up the scent of the fragrant plants and gently carry it to me as I work. It is a sweet reminder that good planning for fragrance throughout the garden pays off for years to come.
Thankful for the maturity of the Trachelospermum jasminoides Confederate jasmine that clambers both sides of the otherwise undesirable look of the chain-link fence that surrounds the veggie garden. It also serves as protection against strong winds and many damaging critters.
I'm not sure if the Ligustrum japonicum tree has ever blossomed out quite like it has this spring. I've noticed others all over town billowing with white blooms just like mine. Though the scent is subtle it is noticeable during peak flowering. The bees favor visiting also.
Our ligustrum shades the south end of one of the first planting beds I ever created (in 1998) in the back gardens on the border of our property line. A wrought iron arbor drenched in confederate jasmine connects it to the wildflower garden and creates a walk-way opening up to the circle garden.
We are savoring all this intoxicating fragrance while it last. There won't be another time in the year when it is as profound as now. Interesting how all these plants have white blossoms.
Happy gardening. It is hard to believe May is half-way over. Meems