I was working on another post when I looked out my office window and saw clouds exploding against the blue sky. There were birds singing and a sweetness in the air as I walked to the end of the street to enjoy the show.
Even as I watched, the clouds seemed to soften and subtly change their form.
Upon my return I found the source of the sweet scent – Sarcococca – Sweet Box.
This hearty shrub, neglected by me all year long, emits the most wonderful fragrance from its tiny blossoms.
A sweet foretaste of spring.
The rain has finally stopped in Ireland and we’ve been enjoying beautifully frosty mornings with colourful sunrises. With January slowely coming to an end, we are getting excited to see brighter evenings. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva
Sounds beautiful! Have a good day too! 😊
Those are impressive clouds indeed, Susanne. Well spotted! 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
Thanks Pete! I love clouds and these definitely caught my eye. 😊
I love watching and taking pics of interesting clouds too!
Yesterday’s clouds were awesome! 😊
Terrific photos…in the middle of winter, spring peeks out and promises beauty.
Thank you John! The clouds were awesome and I loved the fragrance of the Sweet Box! 😊
I knew that bush but never its name. Thanks.
I can never remember how to spell it and wouldn’t try to pronounce it, but it’s wonderful in the garden, so fragrant and thrives on neglect.
My kind of plant!
Love the Sweet Box. I have a few bay trees and a Arizona Carolina Sapphire Cypress, all of which I bought for scent in the garden. A lot of folks think of strongly scented plants, like jasmine or gardenia. But the more milder plants can catch you by surprise. When my housemate mows the yard, the creeping oregano and the garlic chives become very fragrant, and it has an appetizing savory aroma that is unexpected. I keep trying to raise Sweet Broom, but all I do is kill it. Maybe one day I’ll figure it out.
I love fragrance in the garden. I grow herbs mostly for that reason, even though I rarely use them for cooking.
Your sweet box looks wonderful! Mine has been a very slow grower.
Thanks! I totally ignore it but it seems to thrive here!