Me: Oh my gosh! I didn't know you were pregnant! You look beautiful. When are you due?
Someone Else: I'm not pregnant!
Me: (silently to myself) STOP TALKING!!! Geez Louise, NEVER do that again!!!
Yep, that's how resolutions work for me. There's no need to make resolutions in January since they're usually an ongoing process. However, I am a planner, researcher, and compulsive list maker and am always resolving to do this or that. Last winter I decided to add more fragrance to my garden by introducing a Ginger Syllabub rose and Four O'Clocks to the mix. Both were absolute failures. The Ginger Syllabub rose wasn't a Ginger Syllabub at all but a scentless pale beige imposter, and the Four O'Clocks were too unhappy to bother being fragrant. Pacified by the memory of spring lilacs, the heady aroma of several trumpet lilies and a mound of mint, I was frustrated but undeterred and set about researching new plant possibilities. I made a new list.
White 'Fragrant Angel' coneflowers smell like honey. Kalimeris and 'Tikki Torch' coneflowers grow in the background.
Trumpet lilies are so powerfully fragrant that you can smell them from several houses away. I once made a bouquet of them and brought it inside but had to take it outside because the scent was too strong. But they're wonderful in the garden. Heliopsis grows nearby.
'Sceptre d'Isle' roses smell wonderful but you have to get close to be able to appreciate the fragrance. White geraniums grow as its base.
Fragrant plants added in the fall:
Sunday Gloves daylily
Jude the Obscure rose
Peggy Martin roses
Variegated solomon's seal (Polygonatum)
Naked Lady lilies
Fragrant plants being added in the spring:
More fragrant daylilies
Abraham Darby rose
Carolina Jessamine 'Marguerita'
Fragrant plants already in the garden (including foliage):
A fragrant hosta
'Fragrant Angel" coneflowers
Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum) - slender and broad leafed varieties
Phlox (Supposedly these are fragrant but I can't tell. Maybe I just need a new nose!)
Roses (Only a few are fragrant)
Dianthus 'Cheddar Pinks' - very small clump
Sweetspire 'Little Henry'
Sweetbox shrubs (Sarcocca humilis)
I grow a lot of lavender. If you stick the dried seed heads into a food processor with a few cups of fine white sugar and process for a few minutes, you'll end up with lavender scented sugar that's wonderful in baked goods.
Can you think of any I've missed? There are still vacancies in the container garden.