That's how the customer from Maryland described the odor he and his wife were smelling "on the back roads around here." The culprit is Chinese privet. It's an invasive species that grows wild everywhere, including my own backyard. At the corner, just beyond the red dogwood tree, there's a huge specimen.
Down the street, the butcher with the BushHog took out native Sweetshrub and Mock Orange, but left the privet.
And the honeysuckle.
In my own yard, Ligustrum howardii is about to bloom. The fragrance and flowers are very similar. I'll deadhead my plants once they've bloomed to keep them from reseeding.
The colors in the garden this time of year tend to be more pastel and muted. Pink, blue, and white dominate.
I didn't really plan much of this. It was more an effort of plunking and running with wintersown containers and the scattering of seeds.
Nigella has bloomed in many parts of the perennial bed. Dianthus Pinks Maiden join the chorus.
The cool colors are welcome at 79 degrees. It's not even 10am yet.
In the background, the freshly mowed path produces its own fragrance.
It's sunny and humid. The high today should reach 84. Dragging hoses and moving the sprinkler will take up the rest of the 2 hours I have before work. Still no rain in near forecast.