Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fragrant on the First- February

I know many of you have had freezing temps, snow, and plain ugly weather.  Here in the Upstate of South Carolina this winter has been really mild.   Fragrant blooms in the garden are continuing to shine, so without further adieu, here is my presentation of February's fragrant blooms.
Daphne odora aureomarginata

Close up of the VERY fragrant blooms, Daphne odora aureomarginata
I have two Daphnes, both were the small size when I bought them....now the one in the top photo is about a third larger than the one in the second photo.
Hamamelis vernalis, Ozark witch hazel
This witch hazel is a new plant, only about 24 inches or so tall.  Can't wait for future years to have a nice large clove-y fragrant shrub along the driveway.

Narcissus 'Grand Soleil d'Or' yellow paperwhites, now along the driveway, happy after the recent rainfall
Osmanthus fragrans, Tea Olive, has been blooming since early fall
Rosmarinus officinalis, Rosemary,  great shrub if you have the room

Now for some photos of last month's bloom -- it is growing more and more fragrant as more of these little tubular blossoms open.  Oh how I wish there was Smell-O-Vision.  I love this plant so much I bought another for an area by the front door in a large container.  The front door has a small alcove, the fragrance greets you as you go in or out....heavenly.

Edgeworthia chrysantha

Edgeworthia chrysantha

Edgeworthia chrysantha
And finally, some of my Hyacinths are starting to bloom.  In one area the Hyacinths have multiplied to a nice clump, can't wait for them to bloom!
Hyacinth 'Jan Bos' 

  What do you have blooming on February 1st?
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42 comments:

  1. What a show! Edgeworthia is such a handsome plant (love the summer foliage) and witch hazels are a new favorite.

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    1. Marian, If you don't have an Edgeworthia, you should get one or two or more!

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  2. Beautiful! My edgeworthia is close to blooming but not yet. Spring is near!

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    1. Tina, I know you will be happy for years with the edgeworthia...what a great shrub.

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  3. Nothing blooming yet, I'm afraid. You lucky gal, yours sound wonderful. Smell-O-Vision would be appreciated.

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    1. Helen, If I had the ability, I would bottle it and send it to you!

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  4. Nothing fragrant up here unfortunately. Today all is covered in freshly fallen white, but that has a clean fragrant about it I guess. Too cold to photograph after temps in the 60's on Wednesday in Buffalo too. When I returned to the States on Tuesday, temps were in the high eighties in Miami and St. Lucia and the 40's in PA. You know what was strange in St. Lucia? Plants did not have much fragrance. I can smell your Daphne here! I love that fragrance. I did not realize Edgeworthia is fragrant. It s a beautiful plant. I especially love your photos of it.

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    1. Donna @GWGT, You all will be having snow for a while. I know you enjoyed St. Lucia, but I am surprised that the flowers weren't fragrant...interesting.

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  5. Dear Janet,
    so the hyacinths grow wild outside, like narcissus? (Here we have to take them in). I love Viburnum carlcephalum. Interesting: I found out that crocus smells lovely of honey (if you are near enough)

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    1. Britta, We can grow the hyacinths in the ground like Narcissus...sometimes they don't come back as well as when they are forced in the house. Crocus have a honey fragrance?? wow, I didn't know that.

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  6. Sadly, we are still a long way from fragrant flowers in the garden here in the frozen north of Canada. I was amazed by the beauty of your Edgeworthia chrysantha last time you showed it. It is even prettier now that the flowers are open. I love the fragrance of Daphne. Since there is no Smell-O-Vision, I will just have to use my imagination.

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    1. Jennifer, I know you have a bit more time before you have stuff blooming outside. Think you need to force some bulbs in the house.

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  7. Wow, you have so many things that are fragrant, things we are missing dreadfully here in the frozen north.

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    1. Jason, Sorry that you are still frozen. You too should force some bulbs indoors.

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  8. What a great selection of fragrant plants, I really like the look of the daphne with the white margins to the leaves, very pretty. I am feeling grumpy about winter fragrance, as I seem to have a constant cold and therefore am unable to enjoy either the viburnum or the witch hazel.

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    1. Janet, Sorry you have a constant cold, would be rough to not smell these babies.

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  9. It is winter isn't it? LOL! Your would never know it from your garden Janet. I love the Daphne and would love to smell the fragrance of one. I wonder if they are hardy here? I will have to check that. :) Have a lovely weekend. I guess we will be graced with more snow.

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    1. Lona, Yes, winter in the South. I am not certain if they are hardy to your area, if so, you NEED to get one.

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  10. Oh, these are wonderful! How fabulous to have so many blooms - and all so fragrant - at this time of the year. I think you must be a week or two ahead of me. My daffodils are not even thinking about blooming yet, even though zone-wise, I should have them blooming their heads off!

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    1. HolleyGarden, Yes, I am a fan of fragrant blooms....so any plant I choose for my garden most likely has a nice fragrance.

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  11. I'm really getting interested in that edgeworthia. I love how upside down the flowers are. Nothing fragrant here yet. It just smells like wet dogs and dirt.

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    1. Tammy, You would love an edgeworthia. I know the wet dog smell....all too well.

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  12. Fresh foot of snow here...wish I had something indoors that was fragrant though...maybe next year I can successfully force bulbs indoors. I am loving your fragrant blooms.

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  13. I came home from work last week and cut all my blooming 'Grand Soleil d'Or', as we were scheduled to have temps near 20. We enjoyed them in the house, but I should have left them. The temps didn't go quite that low, and the ones I left outside survived just fine and are blooming today.

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    1. Les, I cut some of my Grand Soleil d'Or, but since they are paperwhites, they like the cold weather....doing well outside.

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  14. I really love to see photos of all your fragrant flowers. They are all still to bloom in my garden.

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    1. Carolyn@Shade Gardens, I know you will have lots of fragrance soon with the Edgeworthia you have.

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  15. I guess I need to go check my daphne. It is in its 2nd year, but no blooms yet. I have cyclamin coum, hellebores and heathers blooming in my Indiana garden. Its been snow covered this week, just now in the 40s.

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    1. Brook thanks for coming by! Yes, check your daphne, I bet it is in full bloom! I am toying with adding some Cyclamin coum, love those little blooms.

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  16. You have so many pretties right now.. I think I need to take a walk around the yard when the rain stops to see what I might have. From here I see rosemary and tea olive blooms..
    hugs, cherry

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    1. Cherry, I think you need a daphne and an edgeworthia...what a great addition to your garden.

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  17. We're one of those buried in snow but oh I wish there was smell-o-vision too! I can just imagine how wonderful those Daphne must smell. This is a great time of year for scented blooms.

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    1. Marguerite, It is a great time for scented blooms, so greatly appreciated this time of year.

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  18. So many fragrant plants in late winter. I've been wondering if I can grow Edgeworthia. I may try one day. I do love the hamamelis. I have two. They are still small.~~Dee

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    1. Dee, you really ought try an Edgeworthia. Witch hazels are wonderful too...mine are small as well.

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  19. You have a good collection of winter bloomers! One of these days I am going to have a daphne.. their fragrance is too sweet to miss.

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    1. Sweetbay, yes I do....happily! Yes, get a daphne, no time like the present!

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  20. I especially like your Daphne, Janet! I am waiting for my first ever daphne to bloom.

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    1. Tatyana, Hope your daphne is blooming now....you will love it!

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  21. I'm afraid it will be another month before anything of color appears, but my hellebore niger has been a surprise all winter.

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    1. Ilona, hoping you have something fragrant soon.

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