The requirement of 'more fragrance required' in my garden was highlighted early this morning. Walking out my front door something hit my nose - no it wasn't a squawking Starling juvenile! It could have been though. Nor was it my wisteria as it’s not quite in flower yet. The wisteria in my back garden anyway.
Being truthful, I couldn’t actually describe the fragrance of my, much looked forward to every year, wisteria blooms. The fragrance I was getting this morning at my front door was completely unfamiliar. Just what was I smelling?
I looked around. The penny quickly dropped. It was a new plant for 2016! This was a birthday plant too (bought with gift money from my Mum). I bought three of this plant for my front door planters and I was looking at three open flowers! I bent down to smell them - Wow!!! I was seeing my Mum today. Reluctantly, I picked one - she just had to smell this :-)
A second penny dropped later in the day. Last night, when I went out to check I had locked my car before going to bed, I noticed a moth flying low at my legs. I had never noticed them when checking the car before. I watched it a while as it buzzed around my planters. The pennies weren’t dropping at that time though. Too tired I suspect, with posting late every night for seven consecutive nights for #30DaysWild :-)
I guess at the time of purchase, I took in that the Dianthus was a fragrant plant but it was the deep, eye centre colour that I was drawn to. I had already bought deep pink, bedding Osteospermums for these planters and this was going to match it nicely. Yep, I was being shallow and it was all about the colour :-)
After yesterday’s post about orange flowers, it should be no surprise that last month I had the beautiful, orange tulip, ‘Princess Irene’ making a splash along with another newbie, the myrtle spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites) with its wonderful trailing lime green blooms in my planters.
‘Purple Sensation’ Allium bulbs are in the planters too but only one has shown face. The tulips are now well gone now but tangerine Californian poppy seeds (Eschscholzia 'Orange King) have germinated nicely and will bring back the orange colour later in the summer.
Taking away colour, completely, highlights that plants need way much more to tempt the pollinators in to visit our gardens. For sure, my garden fell well short pre blog. I had a green garden – that’s green the colour. I had many, many shades of green with the variety of foliage plants I loved to grow. All different shapes and textures too which was great for wildlife cover but I wasn’t thinking that way then.
The fantastic scent that greeted me this morning really has been a bit of an epiphany. Yes, my garden has lots of wildlife (not even considering what is living in my pond) with birds, bees and butterflies but I really could do more for moths and my own well-being. Scent! The garden needs more scent, much more. This will be the next stage in an ever evolving garden for wildlife.
Up in our nestbox, the seven Coal tit chicks are evolving at speed! They are now 14 days old and getting to look properly cute and fluffy. The colour in our nestbox appears via natural sunlight through the roof panel, which it only gets early morning. The chicks shouldn’t get to hot in there with this location. I can’t wait to see their colour come morning.
The whole garden, one way or another, is vibrant during the month of June. I realise that now with posting daily. How is your garden looking? What scented plants do you enjoy? What do you love about the month of June in your garden?
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in June 2016.