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Six on Saturday – Planting for Perfume

I was inspired by a blogging friend, Ute, to blog about the scents in our garden. I always want plants to give me more than one thing – colour, scent, texture, flowers, berries and we have lots that have scent as their first attribute. The main scented flowers are just outside the kitchen and along the steps up to the garden.

1. Heliotrope – also known as Cherry Pie because that is the scent.

2. Lavender – you’ll all know this one

3. Nemesia – smells of vanilla, a favourite of mine.

4. Sweet Peas  – smell of honey

5.  Dianthus – a sweet clove scent

6. Night scented Stock, a favourite from my childhood and a perfume know as Night Flowers to Daughter No 2 who in toddlerhood would wake up in the night. She was taken out to smell the Night Flowers and would then settle.

and there are all the herbs which are lovely to brush by – Sage, Rosemary, Mint and various Thymes, from next door’s garden, Jasmine and from a bit further away, the gorgeous smell of newly cut grass.

To read about lots of other gardeners and their gardens from all over the world, visit The Propagator who hosts the Six on Saturday.

 

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Chimney Pots, Pansy and Mystery Object

1    It’s the 1st of June and there should be no more frosts! I’m planting up my chimney pots to add bits of colour all over the garden.

Chimney by a raised bed

Chimney by a raised bed

Tall chimney planted with scented flowers

Tall chimney planted with scented flowers

2   This beautiful Pansy is waiting to be planted tomorrow.

Pansy ready for planting

Pansy ready for planting

3    I bought this intriguing little thing many years ago.   It’s a very small brass case, about 1″x1/2″. In it are two tiny double hooks. Any ideas about its use?

Mystery object

Mystery object

Inside the tiny brass case

Inside the tiny brass case

For Noeleen who asked what a rhubarb forcer is. As soon as the new rhubarb shoots are seen in the Spring, we put this terracotta ‘chimney’ over it and pop the lid on. The dark makes the rhubarb grow up to the top and it remains thin, sweet and pale pink. Later in the season we let the rhubarb do its own thing and just grow!  See here for a delicious rhubarb pudding!

Rhubarb forcer

Rhubarb forcer

 

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