When I posted the photograph of my Texas fishhook barrel cactus, Ferocactus hamatacanthus, earlier this week I was totally unaware of its most amazing perfume. Today the air in the front garden was filled with this incredible fragrance. Unable to find any likely candidate I bent down very carefully to smell the blooms on the cactus and sure enough I found the source. I can only guess that it was a combination of the dense humid air coupled with temperature that favored us with such an overwhelming fragrance.
The blooms have lasted 4 days, although they are now beginning to fade.
Then in another part of the garden a different fragrance. This time one of sweet almonds. The Blackfoot daisy, Melampodium leucanthum, is putting on a show in more ways than one.
It is probably a good thing that my chocolate flowers, Berlandiera lyrata, are confined to the back garden because I think the mix would be a little overwhelming. On a warm humid morning you would think that there was a Cadbury factory in the neighborhood. At other times you might have to kneel down and get close to the flower for your chocolate fix. But make sure you do it in the morning because by mid-day the flowers will have closed.
I'm sure there are many more native flowers with a pleasant fragrance. Do you have any blooming this September? I'd love to hear about them.
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