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flowers. Some of those flowers must have been monarda.It's curious how plants – particularly scented ones – can trigger memories. I have an almost encyclopedic memory of everything that grew in the garden of my early years, even if I can't name it all. I
can? Rather than just stimulating my visual sense I was breathing in the scents and smells of my garden, and discovering another world that I so often ignore.Some of this is simply the unique smell of gardening - of mown grass, soil, weeds as they
with a large flower and a subtle honey scent, but there were many different types, including double-flowered 'Lady Beatrix Stanley' and snowflakes, which aren't snowdrops at all but belong to the same family.There was plenty more to see besides snowdrops
but you may feel a small part of the January blues fall away.If anybody should get them all right then I will award them a loud and prolonged round of virtual applause - and a huge bunch of heavily scented imaginary flowers. Answers in a couple of weeks.
March is not really prime garden visiting time: a few gardens with specialist collections are open for the wonderful National Gardens Scheme, but most of them are keeping their powder dry in readiness for spring and summer.However, gardeners still
. Sarcococca hookeriana: I drove to Devon last week with nine of these in the back of my car. The scent was amazing and, even though the plants are now happily planted in a client’s garden, the smell is still there. Plant them close to pathways6. Chitting
: it is about 3m high and has gloriously scented tubular white flowers in Autumn, lush Autumn colour and bright red berries. Or Gentiana farreri, a trailing evergreen delight with flowers like sky blue fanfares? These are just two of the plants that Reginald