Saturday, February 2, 2008

A February Fave

Sadly there is no scratch’n’sniff plug-in on the Internet. So you cannot smell the winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima). It’s almost a rose scent and intensely powerful rather than evanescent like so many flowers. When you stick your nose in a blossom, the fragrance comes up big and doesn’t quit. The shrub is straggly in an old-fashioned way and the flowers themselves are so tiny they don’t make any display. This plant is often described as invasive, but the bush in my backyard is clearly very old and hasn’t spread or thrown off any suckers. The fragrance from this one bush perfumes my whole backyard from February to when the heat kicks in late spring.


Anonymous said...

I wish there was a scratch 'n sniff feature. That'll be the next big innovation in garden blogging. ;-)

Lori said...

I just got one of these for my backyard, but my camera has stubbornly refused to take a picture that's in focus. The bush is currently only a foot high against my back fence, but I'm hoping it'll grow large enough that I can smell it from the house when the windows are open. :)

The scent of winter honeysuckle is a bit strange for me-- when I put my nose in the flower, I can't smell a thing. But often, when I'm a few feet away, the fragrance is amazing.