My Fudingzhu Sweet Olive from AE bloomed!
I just got my Osmanthus fragrans 'Fudingzhu' plant from Almost Eden on 8/15/12. Of course it was a large, healthy specimen about 14 inches tall. I shook off about half the potting mix it was in and repotted using a fast draining mix and hoped I'd get some blooms this fall.
This morning I noticed some white things on some of the stems and at first thought they might be insect eggs or a disease. Little did I know that my Sweet Olive was already pumping out blooms! They smell amazing for such tiny things. The first time I smelled them was in New Orleans in January or February so the scent reminds me of NO. I remember Olympia's tale of being in a forest of Sweet Olives in China. I think I could happily die there. ;)