What's that smell?
I have been getting wiffs of something flowering the past few days, but couldn't pinpoint it. Today I went in search of it. It turns out it was six bushes I put in for a wind break. They are Osmanthus fragrans aurantiacus...or sweet olive or orange tea. A native of Japan it is said to be a mix of Apricot and Jasmine...very strong and sweet smelling like Lilacs in the spring. I thought they flowered in the spring with the invasive olive we have everywhere around here in central Virginia. The best part was they are covered in bees!!! I actually heard them from ten feet away.
We have had such a dearth for most of the summer....it is good to have a little something other than the goldenrod!
Anyone else experienced this plant? Jim