Sweet fragrances on Sunday

The sky is clear and blue, the wind brisk and icy. It is winter. But nature has provided sweet fragrance in the kitchen today as the young Daphne bush is covered in pretty white and pale pink, waxy flowers. Three sprigs, snipped and put in a vase are providing the most divine scent in the living area.



And this Freesia is bravely heralding a spring that is yet to come.


9 thoughts on “Sweet fragrances on Sunday

  1. Juliet

    I adore the scent of daphne, but have never managed to grow one successfully. That freesia is early. I’m still waiting for mine to show their faces.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Daphne bushes thrive here in the clay/acidic soils but after some time the lemon wood borer can cause them to die. This new bush is flowering fully for the first time this season.
      I must check my blog to see when these freesias bloomed in the past year or so but it seems very very early.

    2. ordinarygood Post author

      I see that I took a photo of the first freesia on the 22nd August last year so this one is very, very early. It has been out since the end of June!
      I have daffodils wanting to put out flowers too but they look malformed. Again too early in the season.

      1. ordinarygood Post author

        Very early flowering Juliet. I think this icy spell of weather now will settle things down after some very unusual “spring-like” happenings.
        Thank goodness for the blog archives- my memory is not so accurate:-)

  2. realruth

    Yesterday I walked along part of the newly finished Avon River precinct, and saw that dozens of daphne bushes have been planted there. They will smell delightful in spring.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Dozens of daphnes all flowering will be a real fragrance feast. You all deserve abundant sweetness.
      I’ll look forward to learning from you that the bushes are flowering in spring.
      Daphnes seem to bloom in my garden in July.

  3. Gallivanta

    Indeed, it is a sweet fragrance you have in your house. Like Juliet, I have failed with Daphne, but I need not worry. I can get my Daphne fix along the Avon. Thanks for that information, Ruth.


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