Fragrance in the Camellia Garden

With few exceptions, Camellia japonicas have little fragrance. It’s hard even after decades of growing Camellias not to sometimes give a tentative sniff their way.

The tiny blossoms of Osmanthus fragrans are hardly noticed, overshadowed by the brilliant blooms of Camellia. Suddenly on the breeze there is this incredible scent, reminiscent of lemons and something sweet. Evergreen leaves distinguish these plants too.

Farther out in the garden, Loebner magnolia ‘Leonard Messell’ has bright beautiful blooms and frangrance, too.

 Tonight’s freeze will take out the open blossoms. The tight fuzzy buds will survive to open in coming warm days.

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