Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Scent of Fall

Have you noticed a sweet, fragrant almost citrus-like scent lingering around this time of year? It's the delicate flowers of the Osmanthus shrub or Tea Olive Shrub, as it's more commonly known. I first noticed its scent in Charlotte in early October but never identified it until I moved here and found one blooming in our back yard. I took a piece of it to my neighbor and garden center owner, Pete Gulley. Tea Olive shrubs grow nicely around here and require very little maintenance. You can keep them in a container (right by an entry would be ideal as a sweet greeting) but you have to water diligently. Right now is a great time to plant Osmanthus because it can establish a root system during the fall and winter months.