Here in Australia it is the end of the winter and my garden has been smelling exquisitely for weeks now.
The first plant to give us its beautiful scent is the Jonquil. It starts to flower early in July.
The next to flower this year were some Hyacinth bulbs I planted in a hanging pot. Their deep blue and their beautiful perfume vied with each other as to which was the most attractive.
One evening as I went outside to lock my hens up for the evening, I wondered what the new perfume was that I could smell in my garden. As I got closer to the chicken shed, the perfume got stronger. Behind the shed, my Jasmine climber had started to blossom. The perfume has been beautiful for a couple of weeks now.
Another day as I went into our courtyard I wondered what the new perfume was that was so strong in that area. In inspection of my numerous pots, I discovered that the Boronia was starting to bud.
Boronia is an Australian native plant. It has a small brown flower that you could easily overlook until you smell its perfume. It is heavenly.
Boronia is very hard to grow. It is very sensitive to disturbance, lack or water or too much water. This plant was planted lovingly in a self-watering pot. I really like these as the plant cannot get wet feet. It takes as much water as it needs. The excess water can drain away. I am a bit prone to over-watering my pots.
Lastly, is my little Daphne plant, another plant that is difficult to grow. It is sensitive to all sorts of things. It is a terracotta pot but I think that after flowering I might transfer it to a self-watering pot as well. It has a lovely delicate perfume but at the moment it is being overpowered by the perfume of the Boronia.