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Scent In The Garden Is So Important To Me

I have read a couple of lovely gardening posts this morning, one wasn´t specifically about gardening as such, but about the benefits of lavender oil, but never mind as we all know lavender is a garden plant so I´m including the link to it.

The post is by our very own and very informative.

The other, by telling of her garden and the memories it holds.

Anyway, reading these posts reminded me of all the scented plants I have growing here in my garden in Spain and how much their fragrance add´s to the enjoyment of any garden no matter where in the world it is.

I have huge bushes of lavender and sage, also Rosemary, which I grew from cuttings off plants that grown wild all around me in the countryside. All flower prolifically for a long time and are highly aromatic, they can also be used in cooking, and lavender is one of the top 3 essential oils. It´s a pleasure when you walk in my garden and brush past any of these plants, which are all too eager to let a burst of scent out into the air.

I also have a few lemon verbena or Aloysia citrodora shrubs dotted around, these are called Marie Louisa here in Spain and I can´t ever pass one without crushing the leaves and smelling the lemon scent that they give off, it's delicious. Like lavender and sage it can also be used in cooking or as an essential oil.

Then of course who can forget to add rose´s to a garden for their beauty and scent, certainly not me. I have rose´s of all forms and colour , but my favourites are the blousy and highly scented old English or Bourbon rose´s. To me a Rose is not a rose unless it is scented and I really dislike the patio rose´s on sale today, which have not even the merest hint of perfume, they should be banned in my opinion. What would William Shakespere have thought? For sure, he would have had to change this line from Romeo and Juliet " What´s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet"

These are just a few of the scented plants I would include in any garden that is of my own making. What about you? What are your favourites ?

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phoenixmaid wrote on February 10, 2015, 7:03 AM

I love the smell of lavender in a garden, but I wouldn't plant it in my own garden being allergic to be stings I'd rather not attract more of them.

bestwriter wrote on February 10, 2015, 7:05 AM

Those are beautiful flowers. Sometimes the scent could be over powering.. I too have some.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 10, 2015, 7:10 AM

Oh, that is a shame, but I can see why you resist planting it. Actually, I love hearing the drone of Bee´s which cover my lavender and in all honesty, they are so busy feeding I have never had a sting in 13 years, wasps on the other hand have stung me quite a few times.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 10, 2015, 7:11 AM

It was your post and that inspired this one, so I have just added a link to you emoticon :smile:

bestwriter wrote on February 10, 2015, 7:15 AM

Wow! I did not see it. If I have viewers I could write and write and write about my garden. Some memories are happy and some are not.

troberts102008 wrote on February 10, 2015, 7:27 AM

Such beautiful flowers! I have to say, Lavender will always be my one favorite scent! I bath in Lavender, I have lavender candles and fabreeze sprays and wax melts lol. I live in lavender!

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 10, 2015, 7:35 AM

I love reading, gardening posts, especially the one´s with lovely pictures. Often when I sit in the garden I created around the pool I think of my late husband and how proud he would have been by my creation and they way I have carried on without him here, that can be so bittersweet at times and gives me the ache you get when thinking of someone you loved so much who is now no longer here. Even after almost 11 years alone, I still get that feeling from time to time.

BrenndaMarie wrote on February 10, 2015, 9:09 AM

I would have roses, lavender and sage everywhere. I love the smells of them. I love your pictures after a long and cold winter it is nice to see pictures of flowers

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 10, 2015, 9:15 AM

Thank you, that´s one of the reasons I posted them,to give everyone a lift during cold gray winter days.

UK_Writer wrote on February 10, 2015, 9:34 AM

I was just walking up the side of my house, by my front door, looking at the awful soil and thinking I'd like to plant something there that smells nice - but I am not a gardener, don't like touching soil (and worms) so it'd have to be something that grew easily and looked after itself :)

Koalemos wrote on February 10, 2015, 9:42 AM

It actually surprises me how many people really love gardening, which to me seems very hard work.

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 10, 2015, 9:49 AM

I love roses and lavender both. I have a couple of rose bushes out front and am hoping to start setting up the back yard this summer

CountryWine wrote on February 10, 2015, 8:10 PM

Yes, the scent that is in a garden makes a big difference. However, those scents have one of two effects. It either makes you feel alert and sharp, or it will pacify you into a lull.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 11, 2015, 4:55 AM

Wow, you certainly do. Here in Spain cologne is still very popular, you can buy it in any supermarket really cheaply in big bottles, the scents are lemon and also lavender.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 11, 2015, 4:58 AM

Have a look online for something. You have to take into consideration how much sun, and what type of soil you have in that spot, but don´t be put off, gardening isn´t rocket science and there will be something that fits the bill. i don´t like worms and slugs yet I managed to get the gardening bug, but do wear gloves emoticon :winking:

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 11, 2015, 4:58 AM

It is very hard work Barry, but if you love flowers, it´s easy to become addicted.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 11, 2015, 5:00 AM

I´m already planning a courtyard garden for when I get back to the UK, and thinking of old English rose´s to smother a wall.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 11, 2015, 5:00 AM

Very true emoticon :smile:

Lushlala wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:45 AM

I love how a garden smells, too. I love gardens, but don't really have green fingers :) Your flowers looks gorgeous, too!