Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Sweet Smell Of Winter Flowering Shrubs

A number of visitors and staff have enquired as to which plants were creating the lovely sweet scent they could smell as they walked past the winter border on their way to the Lindbury Building. The border was created in February 2010 and planted up a few months later, see blog entry 5th May 'Three Borders In One Day', the photographs show how well the planting has grown and it is these mature plants that are now filling the air with such a beautiful fragrance.

Sarcococca confusa
The two shrubs that are behind the wonderful scent are Sarcococca and Daphne. Sarcococca confusa, Sweet Box, is an evergreen shrub which has clusters of tiny, fragrant creamy white flowers and Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' is also evergreen with intensely fragrant, pale pink flowers. In the recent winter winds, and gales, this corner of the college has been filled with their sweet perfume.  

Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'

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