It’s been a cold and rainy spring in the Pacific Northwest, but herbs and flowers are blooming in spite of it.
I told you recently that my lilac bush – a gift from my mother-in-law – is blooming for the first time after many years in my garden.
There are only two clusters of blossoms on the bush so far and they are opening slowly. But a single tiny flower is full of fragrance!
My azalea is also blooming. It’s a small plant and looks rather beaten down by the wind and rain – but the scent is strong, as sweet as honeysuckle.
Apart from these are many herbs that fill up my garden beds; their scents are released by gently rubbing the leaves.
I love lavender and have many varieties, this one just beginning to bud.
Sage always has a place in my garden and provides wonderful contrasts of color and texture as well as a unique musky smell. Also good for cooking though I usually don’t.
As every gardener knows, mint lives wherever it chooses. The chocolate mint below rises above chives and oregano in one of my garden beds.
Lady’s Mantle is nearby but its claim to fame is not its fragrance nor medicinal properties – at least not in my garden – but the wonderful way it holds the rain.
Finally, I mentioned in an earlier post that the real star of the May garden is clematis, and my Montana is happily climbing as high as it can midst the evergreen trees and shrubs.
I was about to say that despite its beauty it has no fragrance but thought I should doublecheck just to be sure.
I’m glad I did! It has a lovely fragrance though mild, that I only detected by sniffing the flowers close up!
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