Friday, January 28, 2011

Blooming Friday ~ Scents

In the spring there are so many wonderful scents.


Native azaleas

Florida Azalea (Rhododendron austrinum)

Piedmont Azalea (Rhododendron canescens)

Passalong white iris


American Snowbell

Hubricht's Amsonia

Smooth Phlox (Phlox glaberrima)

Peony 'Festiva Maxima'

China Roses, fruity and sweet

Cl. Old Blush

Archduke Charles

Rugosas, with a fragrance of clove and old rose

R. rugosa rubra

R. rugosa rubra and 'Purple Pavement'

Foxi Pavement


The Tea rose Devoniensis, smelling of tea and strawberries

No need to wait until spring for garden fragrance here. My Witch Hazel is blooming and temps in the mid-50's F have brought out both its sweet fragrance and the Honeybees.

seedling of Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'

Happy Friday and thank you to Katarina at roses and stuff for hosting Blooming Friday.


  1. Sweetbay ~ What wonderful scented blooms you have. I really love your roses especially. I had Hansa many, many years ago. Old Blush is one of my favorites.


  2. Oh I can smell the sweet scent of spring through my computer, thanks!

  3. I can't wait for the wonderful scents of spring! Carla

  4. That's some yummy floral cheesecake, SB! Lucky you to have temps in the 50's - my own dear Jelena may be in bloom by March, if I'm lucky :)

  5. You have so wonderful plant and flowers. I would die for having wisteria and azaleas but here (Finland) is too cold for them.

  6. I look forward to the day when my Amsonia is as large as yours! A couple years at least.....

    I think Hansa is my favorite rugosa. Beautiful fragrance.

  7. These all look so beautiful, and I'm sure their scent is wonderful, too. Sounds like spring is well on the way in your part of the country.

  8. Gorgeous flowers! That Piedmont Azalea smells wonderful!

  9. Hail to the honeybee! I'm glad to see they're out and about in your neck of the woods too. Your roses just make me crave spring! Gorgeous!

  10. I am so excited to see your Witch Hazel with a honey bee!! Sweet sweet bee!
    We had a warm up too. I hope the rest of the snow melts tomorrow.

  11. OMG so many wonderful perfumes. I must say I have never ever seen a wisteria like that, incredible!

    Lovely post Sweetbay.

    Hugs/ Tyra

  12. You are a tease, but I enjoyed it just the same.

  13. Åhhh lovely photos!
    Have i nice weekend!

  14. Fantastic photo of so many beautiful flowers.

    Thanks for sharing

    Have a nice weekend

  15. I couldn't get over the glam wisteria photo in the beginning, wow . . . and then went on to see all your other stunning blooms, all of them incredible... just wish I could smell them.

  16. I can almost smell the fragrances through my monitor, Sweetbay. All these lovely photos and the memory of scents they evoke are a feast for the senses!

    How exciting to see a honeybee in January!

  17. There's hope after all for a new spring then, lovely cavalcade of photoes. I didn't know you had native azaleas but why should that strice me as odd.. Florida a warm part of the continent and a lovely colour too.. Nice to be remebered of all lovely scents we can look forward to :)

  18. O so many beutiful flowers :) /Suss

  19. I bet you can't wait until you can smell them and see them all again. It won't be long now. I am going to HAVE to find a spot for a witch hazel. Every spring when I see it blooming so early on so many blogs, I think that but then somehow I forget during the summer. It's so wonderful to have something for the bees these early warm days. Yesterday we were 65 degrees (!!!) so the bees were out here too ~ I took my "over-the-hill" tulips outside for them and they went crazy.
    p.s. My pruning post is going to be mostly how bad I am at it. :-(

  20. What beautiful roses! I am so glad you love the old ones too. I have not seen the azaleas you mention, I have learned something new today. Your photography is superb, as always.

  21. So many lovely and beautiful flowers and roses!

  22. Is your Witch Hazel already blooming...lucky you!
    I so enjoy your pictures - simply beautiful!

  23. Hi Sweetbay! I love the Wisteria photo...almost haunting, it is so beautiful. Nice to see the bees out and about too! :)

  24. You just had to do it... bring out all those beautiful blossoms and make us yearn for warmer temps. ;)

    We had a day of 62 last week that enticed us to be outside, and although I am anxious about the growing season, I prefer it to take it one step at a time.

    Lovely Witch hazel.

  25. Delicious! Lovely photos Sweetbay and the bee on the witch hazel is killer! gail

  26. I'm just inhaling and imagining here...
    Thank you for the glorious photos. Lucky you to have Witch Hazel blooming...and bees!
    How wonderful!

  27. The photos are lovely and I can smell the fragrances from here. Wisteria is one of my favourites and I always look forward to mine coming into flower.

  28. Sweetbay,

    These photos bring me closer to spring, such a teaser you are! Not sure which camellia seeds I planted. Makes it more of a mystery.

  29. Wow!So many wonderful scents and beautiful flowers in this posting. I am so jealous of the wisteria blooms. Mine is ten years old or older now and still no blooms. I have tried everything but chopping it down.I so love the pure white Iris. A gorgeous image too.And the Spanish Lavender. Oh my, and the roses. Okay I confess I just want them all. LOL!

  30. The smells of spring! I can't wait! Fragrance is such an important part of the garden experience. Your garden must be a powerful place when it's in bloom, as Mr. Bee would surely agree!

  31. This colorful post has transported me directly from winter to a beautiful North Carolina spring.


  32. Delicious Sweetbay! Your photographs are joyous too! I love the tree wisteria. I hope you put some strong support or it will become like mine which are moving towards being vines again. Drat! that I did not do it. Beautiful Azaleas! Your place must have a heavenly fragrance in spring. How fun to see a honeybee and know that it is enjoying your Witch Hazel. Wonderful post!


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