Sunday, June 10, 2012

Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?...

... Neltje Blanchan.

Isn't that right? One of my very favorite smells is a mix of sunshine, sweet alyssum, a blue plastic kiddy pool full of water, and Coppertone sunblock. I was thinking just this morning if someone could accurately put that in a candle I would totally stock up on that. But, alas! It cannot be done so I have to wait until this time of year to catch just a sniff of something similar. That is why I decided to put sweet alyssum in my hanging baskets this year and (as I've decided but am unsure I'll be able to follow through on it) every year!

 I was cheap this year. At work we were throwing out some cheap, brown plastic hanging baskets so I decided to take the hangers out and place them inside my coco fiber ones from last year. It wasn't very pretty, I'll admit. But part of being a gardener is knowing something beautiful is coming and having the patience to wait for it, right?

I used white sweet alyssum and what I thought was to be white trailing fuschia and white ivy geranium. The picture doesn't really show it, but the fuschia and the geranium are both more of a light pink than white.

The pot is diappearing!


  1. How thrifty. I love when smells can take you back to such a wonderful time in life.

    1. Ah, yes. Grandma's patio is what the candle would be called. (: