Today is Memorial Day, a day to remember the people who have served our country. You may know someone who is serving now or has served in the past. You may have lost someone. Scents are a powerful memory trigger, and can remind us of places and people, so today I'm featuring a trio of fragrant blooms.
First is Heliotropium arborescens 'Fragrant Delight'. The vanilla scent of these flowers always causes me to stop for a second to appreciate them. It takes me back into many different happy memories and leaves a smile on my face.
The chocolate-orange scent of Glumicalyx goseloides reminds me of Christmases past, when my brother and I would always get those chocolate oranges that you whack on a hard surface to break into wedges. This plant, and now this scent, also remind me of my adventure with Peter, the Outlaw, and Vickie, the Independent Gardener last summer.
Hemerocallis fulva, the lemon daylily, is reaching full bloom now. The lemon blossom scent wafts down the path and causes me to pause, take a deep breath, and smile contentedly. No specific memories here, exactly, just happiness.
Happy Memorial Day. I hope you take some time to stop and remember, and maybe smell a flower.