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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Fragrance for GBBD April 16, 2014

Welcome to my blog, today I am linking with-

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens

Orange you Glad It's Friday hosted by Maria

Saturday's Flowers hosted by Denise

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

I was amazed how many fragrant flowers are in bloom already, so decided to feature them.   I was weeding and a delightful scent wafted my way, it was Daphne tangutica, which is now a 4' ball of flowers, after 13 years in my garden.


Another delightful spring-blooming Daphne that is not very fragrant but with pretty purple flowers, and dark glossy leaves on a small rounded bush, D. 'Lawrence Crocker'.


A medium to large Daphne that is also like a giant bouquet is D. x caucasia (x transatlantica) 'Summer Ice', which is amazing for not only spring bloom but also continues into summer and even fall.


Another major wafter now is the large Lilac which is seen here from the second floor window,



One of the fragrant Osmanthus family does well for me, O. delavayi, which has tiny glossy leaves and can be pruned into a nice sculptured shrub, I'm trying to learn that skill.  It has very fragrant tiny flowers in spring.


Another plant with tiny fragrant spring flowers is Lonicera syringantha, Lilac-flowered Honeysuckle, which is a rather rangy unkempt bush.


The Mexican Orange Blossom shrubs are blooming now too, Choisya ternata-


and  the choicer 'Aztec Pearl'-


Late addition to the fragrant flowers, the native False Solomon's Seal, Maianthemum racemosum, is beginning to bloom, it has the most marvelously delicious scent of any of them.

Still to come in the Spring bloomers are the Mock Oranges and Lemon Lilies.  Other plants blooming now are some daffodils, remaining Camellias, various Ajugas, Muscari, species tulips, and surprisingly early Geum 'Cooky'.

Some shown last week are Trilliums, Lunaria, Berberis darwinii, and the week before, Anemones, Primulas, and Virginia Bluebells.  The Pulmonaria are also still blooming, and the hellebores which were my first flowers this year.

Spring is also a time for baby chicks.  Here are some of my latest grandchicks-



They will be a strangely mixed flock, I don't know how well they will get along.

The succession of spring blooms is earlier than usual on the west coast, so I'm wondering what summer and fall will bring.   I hope the magic of spring is wafting on the air where you live.   -Hannah



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49 comments:

  1. Just lovely flowers for a Spring picture. Thanks for sharing these with us!

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    1. Thanks, Linda, I've been waiting for spring so long it seems like a dream that is passing too quickly. Things are blooming so early.

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  2. Beautiful! Love the Daphnes!
    Happy Gardening!
    Lea

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    1. Thanks, Lea, these are the survivors, some I tried didn't make it.

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  3. i love lilacs! wish they grew here! miss them!

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    1. Thanks, Theresa, I enjoy them but they don't last long. Daphne Summer Ice keeps wafting fragrance all the way to fall, so it's my fav.

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  4. Ahhh...I can almost smell those Daphnes and lilacs! Just lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Dorothy, I'm enjoying them, your Texas flowers are lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Pat, I'm grateful for the reliable plants that bloom every year without much care.

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  6. First Time here, enjoyed I this walk through the nature of your beautiful garden. I love the lilac. We have one in front of our house and another behind in the garden. This is a wonderful miniature lilac. The Daphne is new for me, I don't know them before.

    Wonderful captures for OYGIF.

    Wish you a nice weekend too, Heidrun from old town Augsburg

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  7. Thanks, Erica, it's great to have visitors from Germany. I might have gone near your town in 1971. I enjoyed your castle and flowers.

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  8. Hannah,your shrubs are lovely,pity we can't post scent.....but I can imagine!
    Thanks for sharing the music........

    Enjoy your week,
    Ruby

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  9. Thanks, Ruby, that would be great if we could post scent. I'm amazed how early these are blooming.

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  10. Your garden is wonderful! I especially love the lilacs. My granny had big bushes of it. I love the smell. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Gunilla, the lilac is a pass-along from my husband's parents. It does smell great, for a while.

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    1. Thanks, Carver, the voles and squirrels get my tulips so it was nice to see yours.

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  12. All your flowers are a wonderful sight Hannah, such a beautiful variety of blooms.

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    1. Thanks, Denise, the scented ones are especially enjoyable, a whole new dimension.

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  13. Beautiful flowers. So many already. How lovely for you to enjoy and share with us.

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    1. Thanks, Joyful, living here for 20 years means a lot of growing seasons, plus some plants here when I came, in addition to some wonderful natives.

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  14. I feel as if I could smell your fragrant flowers.

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    1. Thanks, Romi, I wish I had more time to simply smell the flowers.

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  15. What lovely grandchicks you have.

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    1. Thanks, by the time my grandkids finish with hugging, squeezing, and petting them they will be very tame. They are a motley crew.

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  16. Cracking looking grand chicks - I wonder what they will look like when they grow up!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Thanks, Stewart, the feed stores seem to be selling a lot more exotic breeds than they used to. I hope to photograph some wild birds again soon.

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  17. Hello Hannah, all you fragrant flowers look beautiful. I love the lilacs.. And the grand chicks are so cute.. I hope to see them grow up on your blog.. Great photos! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post.. Have a happy day!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen. I haven't been successful yet trying to get more wild bird photos in my yard, so the grandchicks fit the bill for a critter. The lilacs are beautiful, I will have to cut some. They are very high so hard to cut.

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  18. Oh what a variety of beautiful fragrant shrubs you have! I just love all of them, and wish I could be there to enjoy the fragrance and see the sweet blooms! Love the chicks as well...so cute!

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    1. Thanks, Marie, it's a magical time of year, for sure.

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  19. Beautiful flowers !
    Thank you for visiting me and for name of my blue flower !
    Anne-Mari

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  20. You're welcome, Anne-Mari! It's fun guessing ID's.

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  21. Wow, it must be a big joy to have so many smelling flowers in the garden. Most of them I've never seen before....
    Good luck for the little chicks and have a nice week

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    1. Thanks, Mascha, I love being outside and smelling a delicious fragrance wafting in the garden.

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    1. Thanks, Birgitta, it was worth waiting all winter in the cold to be able to enjoy the spring bloom.

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  23. What beautiful spring pictures ! I love this season !

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    1. Thanks, Gattina, it took a lot of plants that didn't make it to find some that did.

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  24. Oh such sweet grandchicks....I love seeing all your Daphnes and lilacs....I hope my mock orange blooms this year...I love the fragrance.

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    1. Thanks, Donna, mine blooms and sent up a tall shoot, I couldn't decide whether ti cut it off but if it blooms I can put it in a vase.;-)

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  25. Many lovely flower in your garden! Happy new week! Marit

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  26. Thanks, Marit, I liked your flowers too.

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  27. Pretty flowers, and most of all, what gorgeous, beautiful little chicks! So sweet.

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  28. Thanks, Amy, they are cute, and they grow amazingly fast, they are getting all their feathers.

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  29. Lovely blooms! Thanks for joining OYGIF. Your photo will be featured this weekend. Hope you could drop by.

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  30. Hi! Nice collection of beautiful flower photos. Your garden looks like a botanical one. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Thanks, Minoru, most of my yard looks like a forest, but I mostly just show the flowers. I enjoyed your scenes of Japan and the gorgeous tulip displays.

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