Finally, with the first lilacs just beginning to bloom and the early blooming Viburnums still hanging on, I had the perfect opportunity to smell each one and decide, once and for all, which flower smells the best.
Clockwise from the top left corner, we have our contestants: the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris), Judd Viburnum (Viburnum x juddii), another lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘President Lincoln’) and Korean Spice Viburnum (Viburnum carlesii).
I ran from shrub to shrub, from bloom to bloom, earlier today, carefully smelling each one, in between breathing fresh air to ensure that the scent of one bloom was not still in my noise when I moved on to the next one.
Without a doubt, the best smelling bloom amongst all four of these shrubs is…
Garden fairies here! We are hijacking this blog because we have some very big news to share!
This is big.
Something has happened that has never happened before to us garden fairies! In fact, we do not recall that this has ever happened to any garden fairies that we know of.
Our own Thorn Goblinfly got a package in the mail!
It was delivered by the postman. This is exciting in two big ways.
First, all those who doubt the existence of garden fairies should now watch Miracle on 34th Street. We garden fairies will absolutely use the same defense that Santa Claus used when people said that he did not really exist.
Here is the package, clearly addressed to Thorn Goblinfly, who we all know is a garden fairy.
We garden fairies spent quite bit of time studying this package, wondering what could possibly be in it and who it was from. We even noticed there was a lady on the stamp on it.
We are garden fairies, we are curious. We wondered who she was and why she was on the stamp on Thorn’s package.
We garden fairies looked her up and found out that she was a philanthropist and we quote, “LadyBird Johnson wrote about Lasker numerous times in her book A White House Diary, calling her house “charming … like a setting for jewels” and thanking her for gifts of daffodil bulbs for parkways along the Potomac River and for thousands of azalea bushes, flowering dogwood and other plants to put along Pennsylvania Avenue”.
Of course, we garden fairies are not a bit surprised that the lady on the stamp would have a tie to gardening. Everything has a tie to gardening for us garden fairies.
Anyway, fascinating as all that is, we garden fairies finally opened the package to reveal…
A special gate just for garden fairies!
With garden tools on it!
We garden fairies immediately set it up in a container planting that includes the tiny, garden fairy sized spirea, Spiraea japonica ‘Golden Elf’. (We are garden fairies, we think that is the name of that little shrub but we are not sure.)
Then we set it up and took pictures of it in various locations all over the garden.
We are garden fairies and could not decide where to put it. In fact, several garden fairies, including Sweetpea Morningdew and Limeleaf Greengrass almost got into an actual fight over the location.
But we are garden fairies. We do not fight like that!
Finally, Thorn herself decided that her new gate should be put in the miniature garden, the very one that got uprooted with all the garden design changes and has not yet been replanted. We are now organizing ourselves to make known to Carol that she must plant the new miniature garden at once or there will be trouble in the garden!
Then we will set up our new gate, with tools on it, in the newly planted miniature garden and be the envy of garden fairies near and far.
Humbly, yet excitedly, submitted by,
Thorn Goblinfly, Chief Scribe and First Garden Fairy Ever to Get Mail
(P.S. We apologize to Carol for hijacking her blog. We only did so because of the importance of our big news and also to keep her from making the mistake of choosing one bloom over another when it comes to scent. We are garden fairies. We will just tell you that they all smell equally nice.)
(P.S.S. We garden fairies have very poor manners as a rule and almost forgot to thank the person who sent Thorn the package. Thank you to the Hort-Enabler, the Hoosier Gardener!)
Lisa at Greenbow says
Oh my, there has been a rash of Fairy activity since it has warmed up. Love the gate. It looks much like the one in our garden.
Fairies at Greenbow
Karin / Southern Meadows says
I love those little garden fairies and all the ruckus they cause. What a great way to start my morning! Love the gate and looking forward to seeing it in the newly planted garden.
Christine @ The Gardening Blog says
LOVE the Garden Fairies!! – thank you Thorn Goblinfly & co for the giggles 🙂
We have to admit, we squealed!!!!
Fairegarden fairies, who are somewhat jealous but really very happy for Thorn. We also love the story of the lady on the stamp!
The Sage Butterfly says
So cute! Little garden fairies can be mischievous at times. The fairy gate is adorable!
Consider this a vote for Juddii from the previously interrupted program….I like lilacs, but the viburnums are just more….sensual.
Kylee Baumle says
How cute is that?? I can almost see the fairies dancing about.
I can't believe how far ahead of us you are in blooms, Carol! And we're in the same zone! Lilacs are barely budded out here!
It's an adorable fairie gate! My fairies are now asking for one;-) Re: your lilacs, mine are the same as Kylee's…just barely in bud. And I'm in Virginia. Funny thing about garden zones and climates…there is NO 'one size fits all'.
Lovely… the post, the gate, the writer. *wink*
Mr. McGregor's Daughter says
That gate is darling!
That said, I'm drawn back to those lilac pictures. You're in Zone 5 and your lilacs are in full bloom already? I'm in 5b in southern Ontario and we have another three weeks yet. My favorite spring flowering shrub watched daily for fattening leaf buds. Lucky you, south of the Great Lakes.
Cindy, MCOK says
Thorn Goblinfly and cohorts certainly had fun deciding where the gate should go. It looks great everywhere they tried it.
Jack Bartholomew says
The gate is so nice and I really enjoyed reading this blog. Thank you for sharing it. 🙂