I have been trying to find something fragrant in the garden for each month of the year and I have just realised that today is the last day of the month. I have still not caught up with my blog reading, but I had a hasty sniff round the garden to see what I could find for September. There are still roses and the odd sprig of honeysuckle but that is cheating. I wanted something that is in season. In a pot, I have the lovely fringed flowers of Dianthus ‘Rainbow Loveliness’. The scent is sweet and delicious. They are easy to grow and quite delightful. They are rather late coming into flower but I sowed the seeds late.
I have another dianthus which is always late coming into flower. It is Dianthus rupicola and it comes from Sicily. It has very long stems and glaucous foliage. It is lovely for picking. It doesn’t have a very strong scent but it is very pretty.
A lovely late flowering shrub called Heptacodium micinioides is the star of the September scented plants. It is sometimes called ‘Seven Son Flower of Zheijiang’ because each cluster has seven flowers. It comes from China. Butterflies seem to enjoy its fragrant flowers and so do I; it smells delicious.
So there we have it, not very rich pickings for this month, but at least I found something. I dare say there are other flowers which I have overlooked, but I have not time to do any more sniffing today.
Have you anything smelling good in the garden this month? It doesn’t seem to be a very good month for fragrance. Not in my garden anyway, although lots of roses are in bloom. But I already showed those in June.
I am sorry if I haven’t caught up with my blog reading yet, it may take a day or two. I am just off to see whether Ali at the longgardenpath who is the Queen of scented plants has posted this month. She adores scented plants and I am sure she will have something to surprise us with this month as usual.