Whenever I walk out into the garden at present I am immersed in  perfume, especially when the breeze is light. My garden is unashamedly an early summer garden-I love roses, honeysuckle, peonies and all 3 of those are flowering and scenting the air now. They are supplemented by the shrub Philadelphus “Manteau d’Hermine”, the small Philadelphus that is the right scale for my small space. It has a crisp, freshly sweet perfume.

But the crowning glory of the smells is the enormous flowering spike of the Cordyline australis, the New Zealand cabbage palm. It is a wonderful scent and seems to be very attractive to bees-it is one of the few plants I have seen honeybees on this summer, but it is so high up I can’t get decent photographs.

But I can get photographs of  sweet rocket, another sweet-smelling white flower. It seeds itself freely and although I pull many out, I leave enough to continue from generation to generation. On a whim I took my camera out a few night ago to see if I could capture moths with the flash. I knew they loved the rocket flowers. And look..

still to be identified. I love its tongue, drinking in the sweet nectar.

Edit-it is a silver Y moth-thanks Celia

summer fennel

Tall, graceful, with leaves like a tropical birds plumage. This is a lovely plant, rain or shine, adding height and substance to a summer border. Yet despite its height, it is wind and rain resistant and brings me the joy of imagined sunshine as I look out of my kitchen window.