Morning Scents

I was in the garden earlier than usual one morning and was pleasantly greeted by the strong scents of my blooming gingers. This one is Hedychium hybred “Pink V.

My most reliable ginger that has been with me for many years is Butterfly Ginger, Hedychium coronarium, which I believe has the strongest scent and can be detected from across the backyard.  I had a neighbor that told me she could smell it as she walked by the front of my house. The plants bloom in the Spring and Autumn.

Because it was early morning, I was able to catch the scent of the Four O’Clocks, which bloom in the early evening.  These flowers have a wonderful fragrance and are great to plant near a porch or patio. Oddly, I have never seen hummingbirds or bees on them.  Maybe some night I will stay up and see what pollinates them.

Another night bloomer, is Evening Primrose, Oenothera grandiflora, and was collected by William Bartram.   It has an usual scent that is an acquired taste.  I never really saw any pollinators on this Primrose, until I spotted what I believe to be a green bee, which I hope my reader that is a bee expert will let me know.  Anyway, the bee was really working on the flowers and when I passed by later, it was still gathering nectar.

I look forward to my morning garden tour and being greeted by a scent, new bloom or a backyard critter.


23 Comments on “Morning Scents”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great shot

  2. Tina says:

    It’s a good time of year in our Texas gardens for both scent and sight. Lovely photos!

  3. Deb says:

    Lovely … one can almost smell them through the photo!😀 I wonder if moths don’t pollinate four o’ clocks,as I have seen the moth that looks like a hummingbird enjoying them.

  4. shoreacres says:

    I see Tina’s been by — I’m eager to see what she says about the bee. I’d say “metallic sweat bee,” but that’s pretty general. One of the pollinators of your four o’clocks is the hummingbird moth! Hummingbirds and butterflies like them, too, but it’s apparently the night flyers that do the bulk of the work.

  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    A very pleasant way to start the day. It must be very nice for neighbours to walk past your garden.

  6. I have the green bees in my garden, they are not aggressive and you can prune while they work. No idea of the name. They frequent the Firebush.

  7. tonytomeo says:

    That is one of the many fragrances I miss from Beverly Hills (in Los Angeles County). Only two specie of ginger grow here. Winters are quite mild, but not mild enough. The other fragrance that I miss is night blooming jasmine! It grows like a weed, so I do not mind planting it even if it lasts only a year.

  8. Chloris says:

    Scent is so important in the garden. I love the ginger lily, what a beauty. Four o’clocks, are they Mirabilis jalapa? We call them Marvel of Peru. I never noticed that they are fragrant.

  9. Metallic bees are always a welcome sight.

  10. Lovely blooms.
    I’ve always enjoyed the evening primrose flowers. Do the ginger flowers smell like the ginger we eat?


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