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Blooming in April!

Posted by robert1971 7a OK (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 2, 14 at 21:01

I can't believe I'm the first to start this thread! :)

Dendrobium 'Little Sweet Scent'. It's an orchid and so far has a light, sweet candy like fragrance that reminds me of Passiflora serratifolia's scent.

Looking forward to seeing everyone's pics!

-Robert


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That's lovely Robert. I don't think you'll see anything from me till mid April. Everything is still under a ton of snow :-)


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What a beauty Robert!

I had left most my plants at my dad's house when I moved and went to visit yesterday to water them, I found these two in flower. First is Johasine Hanet rose, the scent is superb on this one, like Abraham Darby.
And then some Honeyhart cherimoya flowers had opened. I sniffed it during the day and it was light but I hear it is suppose to be really fragrant at night. The scent profile is like an Artabotrys hexapetalus.


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Musa that rose is simply breathtaking. It's still hard to believe that in 2 months, roses will be flowering up here...


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Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow - smells like baby powder


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My atemoya tree. Fruit tastes like tropical punch, very refreshing!


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Beautiful! I need more dendrobiums!
Is that dianthus fragrant?

That's a beautiful rose. The scent sounds amazing. Abraham Darby is one of my favorites.

I've got some blooming. But most of my fragrant plants are still budding.

First up. Some simple stocks.

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The fruit resembles a dinosaur egg. It is closely related to the cherimoya. I didn't know the flowers were fragrant at night. I will sniff a couple tonight.


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David Austin "Jubilee Celebration" rose - strong citrusy rose fragrance.


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This dianthus smells extremely strongly of cotton candy.
In really enjoying it.


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New rose. Kokoloko. Goes from milk chocolate to lilac.
I wasn't expecting much of a fragrance. But surprisingly it has a rather nice rather strong hybrid tea fragrance.


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epiphyllum cactus flower, not fragrant but very beautiful


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air plant flowers


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clematis


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Alfresco amaryllis. Lightly pleasantly scented.


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And lastly I'm hoping to get an opinion on a tree. And a possible ID for this other plant.

First. My local nursery has a champaca in. Sounds I get it? What's it Snell like? Can I keep it on the smaller side? Does it like pots?

And lastly. What is this tree? It has these Jasmine like white flowers that turn golden. It smells amazing! And they have them all over Disneyland.

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SERIOUSLY???

You can grow a Clematis in a pot???? I had no idea...I think I will try that:-)

A plant that smells like COTTON CANDY!! I must have agin..lol

Such lovely plants everyone!! Hello Ohio and everyone.

I might have a few up my sleeve..

MIke


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Ordphien, I think that tree with white and yellow flowers is fagrea berteriana. Can you describe the scent?


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Phoebe368, most flowering plants in the Anonnaceae family are fragrant, this family includes one of the most renowned tropical fragrant flowers: the Ylang Ylang.

Also Im with Mike, but not only did I not know you can grow them in pots, I thought they just didnt grow well at all in So Cal! Dont think Ive ever seen one here before for the same reason we don't see peonies here.


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Lovely photos Ordphien & phoebe.
Mike you can plant clematis in containers, however, in order for them to survive, the plants needs to be hardy two zones colder than your USDA Hardiness zone. You're in zone 5, so the clematis needs to be hardy to zone 3.

Unless you're ready to dig a hole in the garden and burry the pot, or put it into an unheated garage.

Also it's best to select , "container clematis". I wouldn't want to move around a Sweet Autumn Clematis ;-)

Here is a link that might be useful: Clematis in containers


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Musa this link might interest you

Here is a link that might be useful: Clematis in Southern California


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Nice!Thanks for the link True-blue.


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Growing a clematis in a pot is pretty easy. It likes morning sun then afternoon shade or partial shade all day long. It's a water hog and needs fertilizer in early spring for a good bloom. After it dies back in the winter, give it a good prune like you would a rose. It magically grows back like crazy every year.

Wow, didn't know pua keni keni could grow in my climate (I live close to Disneyland). Gonna give that one a try.


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Indeed! It's called dianthus raspberry lemonade if anyone is interested.

Is that why my clematis isn't blooming. At all?

Hmm.... I don't think that's it. The flower shapes don't match at all...
But I could be wrong. I'll take some clear shots of the tree this weekend when I go. The scent was Jasmine. But not pink or sambac. More poets Jasmine but less musky.

Phoebe368 - Disneyland and California Adventure is a great place for plants.
You can get a great idea of what does well here, and what they need by wandering the park.
One of my favorites is a huge old species gardenia in New Orleans. Right below the Club 33 balcony.


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Ordphien,

Thanks for the Disneyland tip. Gardenias are my favorite and large, in the ground specimens are rare around here.

On closer inspection, that looks like a Sweet shade tree (Hymenosporum flavum)

Here is an interesting article on it.

latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2007/06/tree-of-the-week-beautiful-but-difficult----the-split-personality-sweetshade.html


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Ordphien,

Yes. That's Dianthus 'Firewitch' in the background and it has a lovely clove like perfume scent. :)

I had the pleasure today of delighting in the scent from our 'Prairifire' crabapple tree (Malus x 'Prairifire') today as I repotted plants underneath it.
The bees were absolutely swarming it. It was literally buzzing.

-Robert


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Lucky you Robert, thanks for posting such a heart warming photo.

Snow is steadily melting, but most of the garden is still covered under ice and snow, but at some parts I could see the Scillas just poking they're little heads out. I just yearn for their honey scent.....


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So I'm in California Adventure. Got some pics.
The fragrance is exactly that of confederate Jasmine. But much stronger acc without musk.


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Trees are about 14 feet tall.

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It was night by the time I got to New Orleans square.
But here's the gardenia.
This is from the side. There was a family sitting in front of it.
Easily eight by eight feet and obviously pruned down quite a bit.


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wow Ordphien! Thanks for getting those pics and most of all the scent description.

Would you guys know of any M. champaca trees that are blooming or any nursery around here that has them in bloom?

By the way, I remember eating at that area in Disneyland last February (2013) but I had no idea there were any gardenias nearby, was savoring the food too much hah!

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Ordphien,

Those yellow trees definitely are Sweetshade trees after looking at the form of the whole tree. Apparently, they are planted all over So. Cal

Musaboru,

I have been on the hunt for one M. Champaca as well. They used to be more common but are now replaced by M. Alba in most nurseries. In So. Cal I have personally visited/called many nurseries this year to locate one. I found one young 2 year, 3 foot tree from Mimosa nursery LA which I purchased for $15 but it will be another 5-8 years before it blooms. Monrovia nursery has larger 5 gal ones in stock if you check their website they are called "Fragrant Himalayan Champaca." I don't know how old/big they are but since they are in 5 gal I assume they are more mature. I went to my local Armstrong garden center and pre-ordered one but it won't be shipped out until May.


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Plant depot in San Juan had at least one champaca last time I was there.


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Musabora.

That area does have good food. One of my favorite in both parks. Though the pasta place in California Adventure is climbing my list.

Right on the other side there's a big planter of vietchii gardenia. And on the way into frontier land there's a planter filled with brunsfelsia, plumeria, lilies, angel trumpets and other fragrant goodies.

Phoebe! I'm glad to have a name. It's very pretty.


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Musabora.

That area does have good food. One of my favorite in both parks. Though the pasta place in California Adventure is climbing my list.

Right on the other side there's a big planter of vietchii gardenia. And on the way into frontier land there's a planter filled with brunsfelsia, plumeria, lilies, angel trumpets and other fragrant goodies.

Phoebe! I'm glad to have a name. It's very pretty.


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Plant Depot in San juan????

If I had known that, I would of had my father grab it for me before he got home....I have always wanted one too!

Mike


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One of the joys of walking the dog is sniffing the lilacs along the way. ;)


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i was wondering where were the lilac this Spring... i must have missed them when they bloomed here. Lol.

My gardenia kleim's hardy has started blooming ...yay. I love the smell of KH; it smells more creamy than the other gardenia :))


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Ha! I was wondering why no one had posted any lilac pics either, Kem!

I love the open blooms of KH. If I see any this year I'll probably pic one up since you like its scent so much. :)

-Robert


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Here's the champaca.
It's pretty big with a price tag to match.
If anyone wants it lol.

I have no room for a big magnolia.

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Orphien, is that you or someone you know?

If that is you, then I should think you would of been strong enough to garb that thing while no one was looking and plop it into your yard..lol I would of..

What I would do for an Alba that big!

Nice

Mike


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Whats not to love about this little guy. Smells so nice on this sunny day.


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Question.
That tree was labeled champaca 'alba', is that the same size the alba you guys all refer too?
Haha....
That's not me. It's my boyfriend. We definitely could have taken it to the car.
But I wanna be able to come back to that nursery lol.
They carry David Austin roses and quite a few other things I need.

It's. Quite expensive! $450


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Kem,

One of my favorite scents!

Ordphien,

Funny pic. He seems to be saying 'You want me to stand by this thing?' Laugh.

The Dianthus 'Firewitch' is starting to explode into bloom!
It's making the back steps smell awesome.

-Robert


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Our Viburnum x juddii is starting to bloom. You can smell it when you walk into the backyard. Lovely clove/perfume scent that definitely wafts. Just wish it had a longer bloom period!

-Robert


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Kem, that's a lovely photo, I like your mise-en-scène ;-)


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I never had luck with Dianthus, Robert.They never made it thru winter. Probably crown rot. I bought them for their blue green foliage. Never found them that scented, certainly not the wafting kind, glad your's is :-)

I grew some Dianthus barbatus (sweet William ) from seed last year. I'll see in a week or two, if they've survived or not. Still under 4 feet of snow. Sigh!

Lovely viburnum. When you say short, how short? 3 weeks or 3 days? Lol.


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I kept my dianthus down in the basement when it got too cold. They don't really last in our heat. I just bought it during the winter to have some early spring color. :)
I hope your sweet williams make it!

Hmm...I've never documented how long it blooms. Maybe a week or two? I'll try to pay attention this year. ;)

-Robert


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Crafty Robert with your dianthus !
Document the blooming time of viburnum. You might be surprised. Nothing is more fleeting than memory, especially for bloom times.

Today, I'd a nice surprise. I'd plunked the pot of lemon thyme in the garden last fall . I'd completely forgotten about it. The snow had melted and suddenly I saw the pot with lots of green leaves. I felt so elated. It was such a welcoming feeling when I bruised the leaves and could smell the faint smell of citrus....


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Thx Ordphien and Phoebe, will check out Mimosa LA this weekend. At $450 I hope that is a blooming size champaca, its so huge!

So more flowers on my cherimoya are opening this evening and my gosh, the wafting is powerful rivaling that of M. figo. Of course it helps that today was pretty hot and kinda humid. I think the scent is amazing. It's along the lines of an Artabotrys hexapetalus but a little different.

Pictured are male and female flowers of 'Honeyhart' cherimoya.

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wow. I love it. Is yours a seed-grown plant musaboru?


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Kem, its a grafted cultivar. I read they can flower within 2-3 years from seed.

There is definitely some notes of strawberry soda. But since it only flowers for a few weeks, I would suggest you stick to an Artabotrys if youre not interested in the fruit; I have observed Artabotrys can produce flowers pretty much all year long pending weather...


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Really???Really???

Now I have to get one of these too...lol

Very nice...Where do I get one anyhow>?

MIke


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Here is another shot of my Kleim's Hardy. I keep forgetting how great the Gardenia flower smells and what a great wafter it is.. Sometimes I think I try too hard; chasing after those hard-to-gets when a gardenia can be just as amazing. Okay maybe it's time to stock up more gardenia. Lol.


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Wow, 'firewitch'....what a name! :-)

Hey, Mike! Nice to see you, bud! Here's a Hoya bloom that opened yesterday.

Josh


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Josh..Wowowowoa..I LOVE IT buddy..Oh I hope mine soon..

Kemistry..Hello....How have you been?
I have a question for you..?
How do you do it? How do you keep that gardenia looking so green and healthy?
What kind of mix do you use?
What fertilizer?
How much sun and especially in Oregon..?

Great job both of you and to everyone else..

Mike


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Josh,

Beautiful hoya! Any scent? :)

My Zephirine Drouhin Rose is blooming. This is the one I had down in the basement over the winter.
It smells wonderful! Very happy with this one.

-Robert


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Robert, lovely picture, even topsy-turvy :-)
Doesn't that smell great...


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Kem that's such a well-groomed
gardenia! Lovely.

Robert, oh, how I wish I could smell ZD rose...

Josh, that hoya looks so neat.

Mike are you talking about ordering a cherimoya? It took me couple of years to track this one down haha, I dont know where to order one. Sry.

Its been quite a few years since I've smelled an Easter lily but I'm glad I broke down and brought one cause it becomes so strong at night. I love it. Reminds me of a cologne but still kinda floral. I much prefer this over spicy oriental lilies. Also have Norwich Sweetheart blooming. Smells pretty...


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True,

I don't know why my pics uploaded from my Android always post sideways. :(

Mus,

Dang you! I've been seeing Easter Lilies all over and have been tempted by them. Didn't know the scent increases at night!

My Jasminum sambac 'Mysore Mulli' is starting to bloom. I love the honeysuckle like scent. :)

-Robert


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Went outside to water everything before bringing them down into the basement (it's supposed to be 28 Monday night) and noticed the gardenia cutting that Laura gave me is starting to open. It's gorgeous and smells heavenly. It almost makes me forget what a pain gardenias are (I have to constantly pick off scale from it). ;)

-Robert


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Robert, I've noticed that all vertical pictures uploaded from phones/ tablets regardless the OS, are uploaded horizontally, I don't know why either.

I have to say, I have never been a fan of gardenias, but since seeing kem's healthy looking and your beautifully green tinged one, I'm learning to appreciate and enjoy them more, thanks a lot :-)


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Okay. I snapped a horizontal pic of Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi'.
It opened last night and smelled amazing. Let's see if it posts correctly! :)

-Robert


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Hooray! It worked! Thanks. :)

-Robert


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ZD rose fully open.


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Oh that ZD.
I've been really debating one.
Nice gardenia!
Mine are all still making buds.


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Lovely Robert. I have to made another 2 months for my roses. Thanks.

I forgot to say, that your gardenia reminds me of green tinged snow drops :-)

Josh, it's been long time. Lovely Hoya.

I was wondering if you guys mind to describe the scent of plant. If it's citrusy, refreshing, cloying, musky etc.

Ordphien maybe ZD will be more floriferous in your zone. However, from what I understand, ZD is stingy with it's 2nd flush. I'd check with the rose guys on antique rose forums. They'll tell you if Bourbons are recommend for your area or not. There are two other Bourbons, which I have heard lots of positive notes: Mme Isaac Pereire, or Souvenir de la Malmaison. Good Luck.


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Oh that ZD.
I've been really debating one.
Nice gardenia!
Mine are all still making buds.


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Finally spring is here, these are few of first blooms from my garden.
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Kandhi, there is a problem with your photo links....


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Beautiful flowers everyone been nice to sit back and enjoy them all :)
Josh any idea of the name of your hoya and any fragrance?

kemistry are you growing your Kleim's Hardy in the house all winter looks stunning might have to try that next year :)

Hoya Pubicalyx " black dragon" wonderful fragrance

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Michelia Maudiae sweet perfum but not that strong

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My Camellia ‘Scentuous’ Robert lovely fragrance just wish it had more flowers might try it outside next year in a sheltered position

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Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Park Farm Hybrid sweetly scented flowers

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BLC Helen Brown Napoleon

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Odontonia samuria would of been better then this but a slug got to the other flowering spike :(

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unamed orchid strong parma violet perfume

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fragrant daff

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Skimmia japonica

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and one of my favs is flowering again really love this Nemesia Wisley Vanilla said to be The most fragrant of all our nemesia and i would agree

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fragrant2008, Wow! I love the flower form on M. maudiae but I agree, the scent is light but its just so difficult for me to describe it its kinda unique.

That mystery orchid looks kinda like an Iwanagara.


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Thank you Musaboru i think you maybe right just been googleing Iwanagara Appleblossom


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True,

That gardenia is huge! I measured it last night and it's 4" across! One night I tried to sleep with it but the scent was too strong. :)

I agree that it would be nice to try and describe scents but I find it very difficult to do.
For instance my freesias I planted in the winter are blooming but how do you describe the scent of freesias?
Beats me! I just know I like the scent.

I think my Charles Grimaldi Brugmansia has a sweet lily like scent with notes of bitter citrus however Kemistry did not like its scent at least not growing inside his apartment where he grows all his plants. :)

I'm trying not to get obsessed with finding the best smelling brug however I fear it's too late. Currently have 3 (4 if I ever pot up a rooted cutting) and now I want B. versicolor since I've read how wonderful its scent is!

Brian,

So many lovely pics!
Can you describe the hoya's scent? Now I want one! :)
And the camelia is lovely.

Looks like we missed the killing frost last night. It was 32 when I woke up this morning.
So it's back to dragging plants out during the afternoons and bringing them back inside at night.
Oi vey! The things we do for plants. Laugh.

-Robert


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I would deff say sweet fragrance up close maybe a bit to sweet :)


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  • Posted by mksmth oklahoma 7a (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 15, 14 at 14:54

Wow robert! great job on all those blooms. I assume that C.Grimaldi is in a pot right. that is so cool you have blooms on it. Jen from the plumeria forum sent me a couple cuttings last summer of Strawberries and Creme. I had one in the ground that got fairly big and it tried to flower right before the frost came. I did root a few pieces overwinter and one of the little guys did actually flower. I was shocked. dont you have one in the ground too? Is it there year round?
Congrats on getting Lauras gardenia to flower. Mine is doing good and has one little bud on it. I hope it opens soon.

take care
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Hi Mike!

Thanks! I've gone brug crazy this year. I broke down and ordered B. versicolor and then remembered I have 'Cherub' down in a pot in the basement so I think I've 5 or 6 now. Laugh.
Yes. I have a 'Charles Grimaldi' in a pot. I had one in the ground but did not dig it up so I'm sure that one is dead (I also left 'Betty Marshall' in the ground since that one got HUGE!).
Glad you got 'Strawberries and Creme' to bloom. How was the scent or did you remember to sniff it at night? :)

I can't wait for your gardenia to finally bloom. I think you'll be impressed!

-Robert

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  • Posted by mksmth oklahoma 7a (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 15, 14 at 16:06

Boy you have gotten the brug bug. It will be interesting to hear if any in the ground come up from the roots. Funny thing i smelled it during the day and nothing, hen I remembered only at night do they smell good. The flower fell off before I could get back. Those cuttings are in a greenhouse at my parents place. I have several of it if you would like one.

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Ha! You tell me I've got a problem then you offer me another one. Laugh.
I just might take you up on that offer. Thank you.
Maybe I'll ask Jen for a scent report? :)

-Robert


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fragrant2008 lovely pictures. Have to say, love that daff, so bright and cheery.

4" wow, Robert, that's amazing! Then maybe it's scent is on the strong cloying type.

Yeah, I know it's difficult to describe fragrance. If my memory serves me well, Ispahan does it very well!

Yesterday, my Osmanthus fragrans scent knocked me down. I had a hard time describing it. Piercing sweet, with a hint of citrus.

Love your freesia. I had the double colored ones. The scent was sort of sweet peppery. But rather faint. I've read that the best ones are the single whites. Does your's waft?

I can understand Kemistry. Brugmansia seems to be user unfriendly indoors. It should be more diluted and interesting outdoors. Probably like Cestrum noctornum indoors smells like cat pee at night :-( However in the morning the room smells like sweet incense. Outdoors the scent from far is like sweet marshmallows!


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Lol Mike. You don't have to ask me as I'm learning everything from you and Al. ;)

Yayy more blooms for April. Awesome pictures!

My dream is to grow a brug outdoors someday and be blown away by its fragrance; indoors it really irritates the nose heeehe. :P

Speaking of big, old fashioned gardenia. I hope my Aimee will bloom this year. : ))

Love the freesia, Robert! I didn't start any bulbs this year..no freesia no tuberose.. definitely need to try them next year. I miss them.

Osmanthus smells a bit like freesia to my nose. I love them too, true-blue.


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Wow.
Look at all these plants I have no room for.
That I want.
I can't wait to have my own yard....

I feel so behind.
Nothing is blooming.
Then again my yard is always behind.

I have some buds to share.

My stephanotis floribunda is covering itself with buds.

It grew 9 feet last summer and attached itself to the balcony.


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I have some roses to share!
Luckily most of my roses are powerfully fragrant.
Most of them aren't in bloom yet though.

My lavender rose.
Blue something or other. My grandma planted it in the 70's and I've nursed it back to life.
Strong lemon scent.
I think it smells like fruit loops.


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Twilight zone.
Supposedly smells breathtaking.
I get alot of comments on this one.
I can't smell any rose fragrance labeled 'clove' for the most part.


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Another grandmother rose I nursed back.
Smells like cinnamon gum.


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And this succulent that's been here for decades.
Never sniffed its flowers as they sort of blend in.
But to my surprise it's actually pretty fragrant.
Of sage.


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Lovely pictures ordphien. I love the roses, especially Twilight zone, it's a rich and deep color.

For someone who's yard is behind that's just amazing.. But if you want an idea of behind, yesterday the temperatures dipped from a freaky 64F to 19F with windchill of 7F! And we had a dusting of snow.

I had to cover all the crocus, iris and whatever bulb which was growing, with whatever snow left in the garden.

Today we're going back to normal.
Here is a supposed fragrant Iris reticulata 'George'. It's sold as fragrant, but it's faintly scented,not outdoors but indoors, unless you have a field of it :-).

The scent is sort of floral but then by the end of night it smelled like rose water.


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Lol I am behind though.
For unknown reasons my yard is always a month or two behind everyone else.
My tree is just leafing out. And all my neighbors have been lush and fill since last month.
My spring bulbs are popping up. My neighbors are already fading. My roses are just starting their spring flush and my neighbors are working on their second.

Thank you! I love twilight zone.
I planted it last year and it's turning into a real winner.
Good repeat, spotless foliage, nice shrubby form.
Unfortunately second half of this flush developed and opened during a heart wave. So these are pretty washed out. The bright side is it doesn't fade much.
In fall though it will be spectacular.
It's been pretty cold for you guys huh? I think everyone got sent our winter. Cause ours never showed up. Yay for drought!

That iris is lovely. They won't grow here so I never get to see them.
I had no idea they could be scented.
I hope all that tender new growth survives for you!

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Ordphien, I was at a rose nursery last year and there were many Twilight Zone roses in bloom and I couldn't smell anything at all from it. Now Ive read many scent descriptions mentioning clove, but I just cant seem to make a connection with flowers described as being clove-scent and the spice itself. Maybe its something genetic that prevents me from sensing this note in flowers? On the flipside, I had no problems smelling the other roses such as Peace, Tiffany, Pope John Paul II, etc. while at the nursery.

Lavender roses such as Angel Face seem to be the most intense to my nose. But I prefer those with cedar-like notes such as Sweet Chariot.

Your grandma's lavender rose may be Sterling Silver.

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Ordphien, it's probably due to your exposition. The good thing is that you can enjoy your neighbour's flowers and then when their's is fading, you have your own show to enjoy.

When fall comes we northern gardeners buy any bulb tagged as fragrant. However, most if not all of them are scented. I even bought a supposedly fragrant crocus ;-)

We'll see...

Musa isn't sweet chariot something. I got three last year! The scent reminded me more of rose water...


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I think the three large mature trees on my property have something to do with it.

I can smell something from twilight zone but it's faint and vague.
Everyone I've ever seen stick their nose in it reacts with a head rear, and "Whoa! That's incredible."
So it must be fragrant.
Your right though. Rarely do clove fragrances ever smell like clove to me.

Very few bulbs do well here. Mainly daffodils and freesias.
And the daffodils skip years at time till it's cold enough.

Unfortunately the reality of my area is that alot of the standards for the rest of the country do horribly here.
Not true for about half of California. But true for where I am.

Ahh Angel face..
I have that rose and love it. I love lavender roses.
The fragrance they emit is breathtaking.

Sterling silver? Really? I've never seen it in person but I heard it's a weak bush.
This bush isnt filled with vigor, but it's consistent, and spotlessly healthy.
Might be though n
I always just assumed it was Blue Girl or something similar.

Either way I love it.


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Oh my goodness...Di I have some catching up to do...lol

I'll be back when I get a chance..Hoping everyone is doing well

Mike


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More and more freesias are opening and they are starting to waft!

Looks like this is the year of brugmansias for me! Got a B. versicolor in the mail today and ordered 'Mandarin Twist' today. Both are supposed to be highly fragrant at night.

-Robert


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Wow! What a gorgeous flower Robert!


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ahh i love freesia. Sniff extra for me!!! : ))


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I love your freesia!


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I was at Disneyland today and decided to take photos of some of my favorite fragrant planters.

This one contains Angel trumpet, brunsfelsia, plumeria, gardenias, freesias, Jasmine, and daffodils. Among others.

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I took this photo with my friend in front of the large gardenia.
It looks deceptively small.
He's also 6'7" though.

On the back they planted confederate Jasmine to clamber up the trellis.


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I knew I had seen iris somewhere every year. But couldn't remember.
Disneyland!
It's growing in the pond though. Are there water iris?


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I took this photo with my friend in front of the large gardenia.
It looks deceptively small.
He's also 6'7" though.

On the back they planted confederate Jasmine to clamber up the trellis.


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Robert love that freesia, and congrats for your Brugmansias. Did you get your book btw?

Ordphien lovely photos. It's really annoying with all this progress in technology, they haven't found a way so that the photos are aligned correctly.

The iris are probably Japanese Iris: Iris ensata, Iris laevigata.


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Hey everyone...I have a plant that I'll bet none of you have just yet...lol

Once I get a chance to get the name, I will let you all know...It's quite unique..Almost a citrus smell but better and the flowers are all yellow...I love this one.
I saw the huge plants at Logee's and bot did they waifs in the air!
It's a perfect form too.

I love the pics Trueblue, Ordphien, Kemistry, wow as usual, Robert, Mike, and Josh!

By the way, True, that blue plant is awesome!

Thanks for the eye candy everyone.

Mike


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Mike you're so funny and mysterious. Keep us posted.
The iris is really small height 2-3 ", width 2".
It's really difficult to photograph , it's not as blue in the photo, it's more of a purple....


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Dang..Every time I want to post you a pic of something, I can't find my darn camera..lol

Let me just tell you that this plant is one of the best fragrant ones I ever liked...Sort of citrus mixed with Osmanthus overtones...Quite different....

I promise when I get home, I'll get the name.No one here should be without one of these, not even, should I say Robert? laugh


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Brunfelsia


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This is so typical of Mike to keep us guessing! Laugh.
Okay. I'll guess Spanish Cherry (Mimusops elengi) since I just saw it Logee's new catalog and am curious about the scent. :)

True,

Haven't received my book yet but I did get a copy of it from the library so I'm dreaming about sniffing all those brugs at night and finding the ones I love the most. ;)

Spent the whole day potting up things and planting pots in the yard.
Spring truly is a busy time for gardeners!

Nomen,

Lovely brunfelsia. How's the scent? Is that B. australis?

-Robert

Here is a link that might be useful: Spanish Cherry


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Robert, you're so funny, you should have let Mike have his moment. Lol!

It might be time to create a thread about Brugs. What do you think?

The crocuses and dwarf Iris are finally flowering.
Here is a miniature bulb, one of my favorites: Puschkinia scilloides. It smells like grapes, especially on warm and sunny days. I got it as a mislabeled plants and it was and is one of the best mislabeled bulbs I ever got :-)


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Robert, every time you post a pic of a plant and tell us it smells good, I buy it..lol
Yup...I NEVER knew that the 'Fire witch' plant had a fragrance..It just so happens I saw them at Lowe's and couldn't believe how sweet they smelled..I bought 3..
One for a pot to carry with me every where I go and 2 for the ground..lol
Even the girl at the check out asked me what smelled so nice..She was shocked it was this plant. She bought one.

The name of the mystery plant is ....
'Genisis canarlensis' Kings Ransom'

Just an amazing plant...Let me see if I can hook you up to the link...
I posted a link to google images and then one to Logee's for anyone interested..

http://www.google.com/search?q=canary+island+broom+plant&client=safari&rls=en&tbm=isch&imgil=3X9H1QQ_FHqL7M%253A%253Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ft3.gstatic.com%252Fimages%253Fq%253Dtbn%253AANd9GcSvF8HQlrtU-G7xuF6C046aEZWNig07s9dkLZYs128MS8Bfr8ikoA%253B478%253B640%253BlbRt4HN5jh8EMM%253Bhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Flogeesblog.wordpress.com%25252Ftag%25252Fcanary-island-broom%25252F&source=iu&usg=__rEMtpVXrSeU4RHsZ_JezrNju2Kw%3D&sa=X&ei=K2RUU72WEuKYyAGamIA4&ved=0CDEQ9QEwAQ#facrc=_&imgrc=3X9H1QQ_FHqL7M%253A%3BlbRt4HN5jh8EMM%3Bhttps%253A%252F%252Flogeesblog.files.wordpress.com%252F2013%252F02%252Fcanary-island-broom-genista-canariensis.jpg%3Bhttps%253A%252F%252Flogeesblog.wordpress.com%252Ftag%252Fcanary-island-broom%252F%3B478%3B640

Here is a link that might be useful: Logee's


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Mike,

Glad you like the scent of Dianthus 'Firewitch'! Ours is still blooming away. My partner is impressed and he even saw a hummingbird on it. :)

Who else thinks Mike is in cahoots with Logee's?
I just got an email from Logee's saying the very plant Mike is pushing on us is on sale. Laugh.
Seriously. Thanks for the heads up but since it's an evergreen (meaning it takes up space inside or the basement in the winter), only blooms in spring/early summer and only when night time temps are below 60 I think I'm going to be strong and pass.
Course the Needle Flower Tree on sale is another story. ;)

-Robert

P.S. Almost forgot. True Blue, my Viburnum x juddii still has a few blooms left on it (the rain has knocked most off) so it's been blooming for about two weeks now but is mostly done. :)

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Mike that a lovely flower.
I embedded the link for you: Mike's link :-)

From what I gather it's from the broom family. Actually there are some varieties which are hardy enough to be planted outdoors, (like the Scotch broom) not in our zones Mike :-(
However, they can be invasive in some regions.

I have to agree with Robert on this one ;-) I prefer a plant, which flowers longer. It seems that Needle Flower Tree is a better bet.

Robert 2 weeks seems rather short. But then again in spring anything fragrant is welcome are you going to chuck it out or are you planning to get another one? You can always plant a clematis or 2 in it though ;-)


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True and Robert...I was thinking the same thing!

I can't even believe that they have already bloomed considering it seems that winter for us is still hanging on...I wish I had short winter like you:-(((

I have a cold spare that neevr freezes but get down there.I think it will do good in that sunny window..I FOUND my camera!!

MIke


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Mike, Robert is the lucky one, with short winter. I have an even longer winter than you! The last of snow disappeared yesterday, finally. However, the ground is still frozen.

In spring we're all so desperate that we cling on anything green, fragrant or not, and then by September we wonder why we got that thing in the first place.

But if you've got the space and it gives you pleasure why not? That's the most important thing isn't it?


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You guys are hilarious.

I wish I wasn't so limited with what I can do.

I just bought this from the grocery yesterday.
My whole upstairs smells of hyacinth now.


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Hey you!!

Ordphien..I'll bet that is some sort of dendrobium and we don't even have access to those unless we order them from E-bay..lol

I have one and for such small flowers, boy it packs a punch..One of my faves..

True, I had no idea your ground was like that. I guess I should count myself lucky...Man, that rots..
I have friends in Montreal that was 37 degrees today..It scares me to see such cold air sticking around so late...Makes me wonder if I'll get frosts right up until June..I would not be surprised..

You should see the new fragrants I just recieved...I'll have to do an update with pics!

Robert, I ordered Brugs eons ago that have finally been finally mailed..lol I can't wait to get them.

MIke


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True,

Keeping the viburnum. It's a huge bush and too much of a hassle to get rid of now. ;)
Besides. I do enjoy its scent while it lasts.

Mike,

Congrats on finding your camera. Now where are the pics? :)

Ordphien,

Lovely bloom. Is that a Dendrobium kingianum orchid?

I've been enjoying the heady, musky scent from the wisteria that's blooming over our driveway but not as much as the bumblebees have been enjoying it!

-Robert


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Congrats Ordphien on your new orchid.

Mike, only the shady parts of the garden are frozen. The surface is unfrozen, but you can't transplant anything, not that I want to. Those parts are 2 weeks behind than the sunny parts. But everything is unusually late here in Montreal. The thing is we might jump from spring to summer, we never know. I hope not. Last year we had a late spring too, not as late as this year though. I'd received my bare root roses thinking everything is fine. When I'd dug a foot down, I hit a frozen block of soil. I let it be like that for several days, in the end I got sick and tired and poured boiling hot water on the frozen part ;-)

Great you found that camera, Mike post us some pictures....

Robert, I gathered so for the viburnum. I've got a couple of non scented ones. There are so many memories attached to it. So, I'll let be. What type of wisteria you've got, it's really lovely....

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True,

I hope things thaw out soon for you!

I've no idea what type of wisteria it is. It came with the home. I'd love it if someone could identify it for me. :)

Our Aglaia odorata (Chinese Perfume Plant) is just now starting to bloom.
It smells amazing. I think it's my partner's fav.
I'll repeat what I said on Logee's site-
Ive heard descriptions ranging from a clean, sparkling lemony scent to Limoncello and Roy Genders in Scented Flora of the World states the following: Said to be the most exquisitely scented of all flowers, like vanilla but with spicy undertones. L' Occitane's lemon verbena Eau de Toilette comes close to the scent when the real thing is not available. The fragrance is variable depending on ambient temperatures and humidity.

-Robert


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It is a dendrobium.
Have you heard of Trader Joe's?
I get most of my orchIds from there.
They have a wide selection of cheap orchids.

It's tagless so it's kingianum or a hybrid with lots of kingianum.

Where the heck do you guys keep all these plants? I'm nearly out of room already.


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Robert, if it's a rampant monster it's probably either a Chinese(sinensis) or Japanese (floribunda). I've added a google search link. If yours hasn't leafed yet and is in flower, it's probably the chinese.

If it is a smaller one, then it's probably one of the native, either Wisteria frutescens or Wisteria macrostachya.

I'm glad that your Aglaia odorata is fragrant. There seem to be two different strains, one more fragrant and one less. I had the least fragrant type. I remember seeing one giant specimen full of blooms several years ago. It was around 6' tall and 2 feet wide. I couldn't discern anything, and I have a keen scent. I'm glad yours is. I just need to ruffle my lemon verbena plant from time to time, and well I get my dose of lemon ;-)

Here is a link that might be useful: difference between wisteria sinensis and floribunda


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I would agree with true-blue Robert and say most likely Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls'
I think i will have to get Aglaia odorata again this year! i did have it for two years was a fairly large plant but never flowered then i was stupid enough to leave it out side and it got hit hard by the frost, ended up loseing the whole plant never got to see it flower :(


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Haha. I looked at lunch and it's leafing out so maybe the Japanese one?
I'll leave it to you super sleuths to figure it out. ;)
To be honest it's a bit of a rampant weed that's taken over the redbud over the driveway.

When I walked into the backyard I noticed my Aglaia odorata had blown over. :(
It's hard to keep small trees in pots with our wind. Much easier to grow chloranthus!

Should be getting my Brugmansia 'Mandarin Twist' today!
I'm totally obsessed with finding the most fragrant brugs AND that I actually like the scent ('New Orleans Lady' was very strongly scented but I didn't really care for the scent). :)

-Robert


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Robert..lol

I am on the same sick wagon as you..I am dying to get the most fragrant Brug and now I have 4 on their way..ha

Ok, I do have to ask everyone here..Have any of you ever seen a Hyacnth that is of peach color?
I will be back later and pots..Not only is it peach, but smells competely different than the others...It has a very clean sweet scent..My mother loves it!

Ok,next time I come back I'll have pics))


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lol I am still not sure about chloranthus! They are certainly easy to grow but as for there fragrance I have one on my windowsill on the stairs and as I pass it I get a lemony kind of citrus smell but if I walk back up to the plant nothing! I have three in different rooms so going to give them the full year to grown and flower and then make my mind up


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Robert, Robert, Robert, chinese!

Wisteria floribunda (Japanese wisteria) - has large 12 to 18-inch clusters of flowers. It usually flowers as the leaves are developing. The fragrant flower clusters come in violet-blue, white, pink and several in between shades. It flowers in May and June.

Wisteria sinensis (Chinese wisteria) - it flowers before the vine begins to leaf-out. Flowers are a bit smaller, ranging from 9 to 12 inches in length. Most have a mild sweet fragance. The white and violet-blue varieties are the most popular. This type tends to bloom at an earlier age and most open at the same time creating quite a flowering display in May.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wisterias


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Mike, is it the one in the bottom?

Here is a link that might be useful: Peachy hyacinth


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Mike,

Let me know what you think about your brugs and which you like best for fragrance!

Oh, and of course now I want peach hyacinths! :)

Brian,

Hopefully when things warm up more for you you'll get more scent? Strange though since mine smelled in the dead of winter and smell even better outside in the warmth and humidity.

True,

Okay. Okay! Chinese it is! Laugh.

We might just have to start a blooming in April part 2 thread before too long. ;)

-Robert


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here you go

Geranium...A small plant

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Jasmine...

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Fragrant Violets..

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Thanks to Robert..One of my Firewitch plants which smells REAL sweet

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This peach colored Hyacinth has a better fragrance than any of the others I have...It heavenly!

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And last but not least today...My awesome King Ransom.

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MIke

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Seriously???I think they want me to spay for Photobucket now! Any ideas?

MIke


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lol Mike i use photobucket just copy and paste the HTML code maybe your photos are just to awesome for this site or hold out and post them in Blooming in May :)
what is your Storage % on photobucket?


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"If you do reach the bandwidth cap for the free account, your linked out photos will be replaced by the above Photobucket image that states "this image exceeds bandwidth". To have this removed you will need to upgrade to a Plus subscription, or wait for your bandwidth to reset for the month. Your bandwidth will reset to zero every month on the day you registered your account. You can find this date in your User Settings, under the Account tab."

Having users return to the site to view your photos through direct links does not use any bandwidth. Bandwidth is only used when the image is embedded on another site to be viewed.

that is what photobucket says :P


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Mike you can do it the lazy way, just upload them one at like ordphien.
Otherwise open a flickr account ;-)


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Fragrant and True..Thank you..lol

I signed up under my other e-mail..lol

AS you can tell. it had just poured out, but I got a couple pics in for you...:-)

MIke


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heheee this thread is getting popular ;)

I can see those pics now, Mike!

The chloranthus is a bit like the aglaia, sometimes you can hardly smell it; its scent is strongest for me on a warm, sunny day. :)

I've seen a tree-version of the agiala odorata.. it was glorious.


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Mike , one word: glorious!
It's worth the wait, these are lovely photos.

Your King Ransom looks so lovely, and that hyacinth so tender and beautiful.
Are your violets, viola odorata?

Your geranium isn't scented or is it?
So beautiful, thanks a lot.....


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Oh, Mike, that peach hyacinth looks lovely, will have to put this on my want list. 🐴


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That's Gipsy Queen Hyacinth, Musa.

Mike you mean it hasn't got the heady, cloying scent of hyacinths?


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While admiring a drift of new Crocus (Crocus ancyrensis), that I'd planted last year, I was nearly knocked down by a strong honey scent. Thinking that crocus aren't fragrant, I first bent over my patch of Puschkinias nearby. The sweet grape scent was faintly present, which had nothing to do with what I'd just experienced. So, on a hunch, I bent down on the crocus and took a big whiff. I'd found the culprit. Just heavenly....


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Really??? Since when did Crocu have any scent at all???

I already know what I am getting this fall..lol How do you keep the critters from eating them? I could kill the ones that ate half of mine.

Blue, they are beautiful!

No it's not heady, very light and clean hard to describe scent..Smells like the others but a more of a high scent that fills the air with delight...The best I have smelled ever.

True, thank you for your kind words...The Geranium does have a nice smell if you rub up next to it..I love it.

Musa, you have to get one...You won't be disappointed..

MIke


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some truly stunning photo/plants in this years Blooming in April hope this is a sign for a good year to come :)
Here is my Prunus Fragrant Cloud I really love this one how the flowers hang down like little bells I have a bench right under this tree

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Robert Yeah it's B. australis scent isn't as grand as B. Lady of the night B aus. has a feash start while opening desont last very long either nothing like B' Lady of the night

Scented violets have to admit that they have me wondering what will they think of next ? No match for the the Dianthis scent or better ?

Pelargonium Cv.nutmeg variagte has a neat nutmeg scent to it when plucked or rubbed.


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Mike I was surprised too! Not all crocus are scented, mind you, but some are. I'm now going to sniff all my crocus, lol. However, the best time for wafting in my experience are sunny days (obviously, otherwise they won't open); a temp around 50f, a breeze can help also :-)

Now this is nothing like the power and might of hyacinths. And probably most of the time you need to kneel over. I had the wafting with around 20 bulbs, now if I'd planted 50 or hundred, well you can imagine....

As for protection of crocus from squirrels. Well, you either cover the place you've planted your bulbs with chicken wire and then remove it when the ground is frozen or just before the first snow fall. Or cover the space right away with leaves or shredded leaves. Or do both :-)

The trick is that the tree rat shouldn't know that you've been messing around in his territory ;-)

Lovely photo fragrant. Did you know one of the most fragrant hybrid tea roses is named the same as your Prunus?


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This might shock you True blue but i do not have a single rose in my garden or collection of fragrant plants :0


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Pray elaborate ;-)


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Thanks for naming the variety of Hyacinth, True blue.

Some flowers from this morning. I sniffed Moonglow magnolia and it is way spicier than I remember from last year, kind of like an oriental lily. Love this magnolia because not many can bloom at such a small plant.


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That's such a good way to post multiple photos!
I wonder if I can do that on my phone.
I tried photibucket but it's hard for me to navigate on my phone.
But I always feel like an annoyance when I post one at a time.


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musaboru, pretty collage of pics. grandduke supreme.. does look very supreme and I can imagine the fragrance!


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Ordphien, the app I use is called Photo Grid. I feel you, making a collage is a lot easier than multiple posting....

Kandhi, thats actually a regular Grand Duke. I have GDS from Dhan for about a year, but it hasnt bloom yet. Probably needs more sun.


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Beautiful Musaboru is that a figo i see? what is the scent like? i find the butter yellow form to be the most fragrant
Ordphien post them anyway you can it is never a annoyance to see wonderful photos

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That's simply lovely Musa....


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Thank you!
Photo grid works like a charm.

Opening despite the rain.
Abraham Darby. To this day he remains my favorite David Austin rose. Smells divine.
My yellow Angel trumpet. Honestly I didn't really take any pictures if the first flush. This one has one of my favorite scents at night.
My pink Angel trumpet. Poor thing.
It was neglected for 5 years. And two years ago there was a spider mite infestation that further destroyed it. I couldn't get rid of them.
They left. It started to recover. Finally.
Then my tree fell on it. And now it's got spider mites again.
The spider mites that only ever appear on that angel trumpet.
And finally rose germanium. Fragrant foliage, and cute flowers.


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Butterfly yellow magnlia, beautiful flower with pleasant fragrance
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Ordphien lovely photos. Your yellow brugmansia has been through a lot. Seems to be a survivor. Like your collage. Actually I prefer single uploaded photos, as they will be always there, as opposed to the linked photos which are usually removed. Nothing more frustrating when you're reading a thread, where you see the dreaded sign, the link has been removed!

Fragrant2008, I was curious about your comment about not having fragrant plants, then how do you account for all these beautiful fragrant blossoms? The neighbour's maybe ;-)


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