My Hoya carnosa, which I recently included in this months Bloom Day post, is currently setting mass quantities of blooms. While I usually enjoy the strong, sweet scent, it can be a bit overpowering. One or two umbels at a time I can handle, but four clusters of flowers open at once and at peak odiferousness (who says you can't make up words?) are quite overpowering on a warm evening in a confined space. I feel that I can now empathize (slightly) with my mother, who has never liked the smell of these flowers.
I'm sure for those fortunate enough to grow hoya outside year-round, the scent carries pleasantly through the garden, but I'm actually glad that mine normally staggers its blooms, rather than opening many at once. It has many more flower clusters at various stages of development, promising a long season of sticky, sweet-scented flowers.
|A dangerous serpent guards the mystical, floating orb in the center of the hoya-verse.|