My garden is alive with the fragrance of so many gorgeous blooming plants right now! All the jasmines, the Brunfelsia (nighttime clove/carnation scent), the Tahitian and Vietnamese gardenias, and of course, the dependable Aglaia odorata - Chinese Perfume tree. It sometimes seems this tree only takes a tiny break between flowering. The Full Moon certainly brought it to full flush.
Last night I attended a memorial for Bob McCulley, the gardener who took care of my plants. I introduced Bob to the Aglaia, and he started to introduce them to gardens all over Miami Shores and North Miami. He grew to love this carefree fragrant tree as much as I did.
This lemon/floral-scented beauty is a tidy small tree with glossy green foliage and very few or non-existent pests or diseases, at least according to my experience. I never give it supplemental irrigation or fertilizer, and still it thrives. Even if you live in a cold climate, it's easy to grow in a pot and it will fill your house with fragrance. To see how tiny the flowers are, click here.
What are you planting for your fragrant garden this year? Any special plants that you care to share?
Of course, this is a weekly forum for perfumery questions, so feel free to inquire on any aspect of perfumery.
|Aglaia odorata flowers in Anya's Garden|