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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The Bellamy Brothers - Let Your Love Flow and Pretty Flowers

One of my favorite groups singing a wonderful song....thanks Jerry

I have been off and vacations and busy with family, AGAIN...I know ...but what a great time we have had...now that school is in things will be back to normal...except it is HOT here ...wow we have been in the mountains all weekend and came home to HEAT!!!! Wish we were still up in the mountains...

As I was visiting one of my favorite online blogs "Chatty Crone" I came across this beautifule flower from Thailand...it is called a "Parrot Flower" and you can view it but not allowed to taked it out of Thailand. What a beauty...

As spring progresses, you will find the air perfumed by lilacs, peonies and roses. Soon lavender and lavandin join the symphony of scents. Some roses will continue blooming throughout the season to provide an ongoing source of fragrant delight. Can you imagine a summer evening perfumed by the roses?

Flowers Fragrant at Night

Many flowers are most strongly scented in the evening. For example, this includes the aptly named night scented stock plus nicotiana, four o’clocks, and the inimitable moonflower vine which along with the nicotiana and four o'clocks will bloom long into the fall. I love the Moon Flowers but they are a very leggy vine that needs guidence I have several in my flower beds.

Favorite Fragrant Perennials

Among perennials favored for fragrance, you must plant the spicily scented dianthus for bloom from spring into summer. Don’t miss scented iris cultivars such as "Royal Storm," "Scented Bubbles," "Vanity," or "Midnight" and specially fragrant daylilies such as "Siloam Double Classic," "Hyperion," "Chorus Line," and "Raspberry Candy." For a shady garden be sure to grow fragrant hostas such as "Honeybells," "Fragrant Bouquet," "Fragrant Blue," "Heaven Scent," "So Sweet," "Aphrodite," and "Royal Standard" along with the species, H. plantaginea.

Magnolia Syringa and Peony for Scented Gardens and Phlox are in a class of their own when it comes to fragrance and the border phlox will bloom from summer into the fall if deadheaded, fed and watered. Late summer bloomers with strong fragrance also include the exotic and heady tuberose which is not winter hardy but is still worth growing even if you need to replace it every year. Naked ladies or Lycoris squamigera, a moderately hardy bulb, is another wonderful scented late summer bloomer with lovely spidery pink flowers atop long thin bare stems.

Well Loved Smells of Fall

Although it is a flowering vine, I must mention sweet autumn clematis or Clematis terniflora, its infinite numbered white starry flowers intensely fragrant and so welcome in the fall garden. One fragrance to avoid in the fall garden is that of burning leaves; for the sake of your flowers (and air quality), compost your leaves instead of consigning them to the burn pile.

Aromatic Foliage

Try some plants with aromatic foliage such as lemon verbena, I have some bright yellow Verbena and they are wonderfully fragrant around my pond. And some scented geraniums, and herbs such as basil, rosemary and lavender. I love my lavender bush and it is true you have to touch it to get the fragrance.  Some are best grown underfoot between step stones where passers by will crush the foliage and release the scent. What a great idea, I never thought of using herbs for that. I think I will add them to my new backyard design I have been working on. A really great plant for this would be the creeping thyme.

One of my favorite flowers I have in my own yard. :) It is called a Plumeria and comes in several colors this is the color of mine...I saw them when I went to Hawaii and fell in love with them. :) They use them on Leis they are real fragrant and so pretty.

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