I should probably say what are your favorite garden fragrances?
But who knows,
the smell of fresh rain after a thunderstorm is always number one.
And more so during dry summers!
So, what's your favorite flower or other scent?
I thought it would be easy to rank them, but some of these depend on my mood.
Here's the countdown:
Number 10: Clerodendrum bungei...flowers only, NOT the leaves. The leaves stink so if you brush against them and then smell the flowers at the same time, it's like being kissed and slapped simultaneously.
#9 Peppermint. Aren't the leaves splendid? A sprig in some tea would do nicely right now.
#8 Curry plant. At first, I did not enjoy this scent but loved the fine textured silvery leaves.
After a rain shower, the curry smell wafts across the garden.
I'm starting to get hungry for curry chicken just now. (Some say yes you can use this plant in cooking while others say no. I'm not sure.)
#7 Basil! I love fresh basil on chicken. I'm really getting hungry writing this post.
#6 Rosemary....on roasted potatoes! To go with the chicken.
Enough about the herbs, let's move on.
I love spearmint even more than peppermint.
As a kid, this plant would send runners into the lawn.
Then we'd mow over it and be pleasantly surprised. LOL
This ginger never blooms, but has such an exotic fragrance that I can't help but rub the leaves each time I pass by. I close my eyes and imagine I'm on a tropical island.
#3 Mint Marigold
The yellow blooms just add to the fun. This one is resting.
It's the freshest fragrance in my garden right now and I highly recommend
one for people who want to save money on a therapist.
#2 Four O'Clocks! I had these in my childhood garden, my grandmother's garden, and now in my own garden. The pinkish/mauve is a wild cultivar from the Hill Country.
#1 Plumeria or
#1 My Neighbor's Magnolia tree
My Plumeria is finally blooming after about 5 years of waiting.
I'll bring the flowers in all summer and have them in a vase on my desk.
So that's it from here.
What are your favorite fragrances in your garden?
I'd love to know.
Thanks for stopping by!