The baton that June laid down, has been most definitely picked up by July, and is now off and running.
The July scented garden has all the usual suspects – roses, honeysuckles, sweet peas, lavender, pinks and Jasmine. The camera has gone into overtime and the volume of photos now, necessitates the use of montages, to display them all!
Some of our roses, missed the bus in June, and have now caught the next one.
But I still maintain, that Philadelphus most definitely give roses a run for their money when it comes to perfume. We have two – the giant, clumsy mock orange, rescued from a supermarket shelf, claiming to be “Virginal”, and the smaller, more delicate, “Sybille”. Of the two, “Sybille” has the better perfume, and its bubblegum scent carries all around the garden.
For scent in the garden, nothing can beat lavender. It shouts the Mediterranean – even though L. angustifolia is English lavender! I love it! I grow it wherever I can, in pots, as well as in the borders. In common with other aromatic herbs, it gives us perfume all year round from its leaves – the flowers are a bonus! This lavender, “Hidcote” with its dark purple flowers, looks particularly good alongside the yellow froth of Alchemilla Mollis.
Other aromatic herbs are adding to their appeal by starting to give us flowers, as well.
Our Honeysuckle “Belgica” is still going great guns, and has been joined with a few pals ….
My potted pinks are giving me particular pleasure on the patio.
I do have a few other more unusual gems, though.
More on those another time!
Now, I must show you an idea I “borrowed” from the local pub!
They had pots of herbs and flowers in a small trough on a table in the garden. It got me thinking of a line of troughs along our outdoor dining table containing scented flowers, and herbs for picking and adding to food. What do you think? Add some jars for tea lights, a pot of “touchy-feely” chamomile and our recently acquired Kaffir lime, and that’s a lovely table centre piece.
July’s scent, though, has not been restricted to the garden.
Some of it found its way indoors.
How’s your garden smelling?