We're lucky to have hit some jackpots in our gardening efforts; the front garden has been particularly profuse in flowers and scents for much of the year, but particularly in spring.
The daphne's come and gone, the jasmine's been out a few weeks (strong and heady), the roses sporadic but rich, and now the wisteria's starting.
I've been recording spring events for a couple of years now. Each year brings a few surprises; hopefully a pattern will emerge over time. Meanwhile, I'm just gathering the anecdotes.
The daphnes have been in the ground the longest, resolute but barely changing from year to year. They usually turns up late winter, gone by spring; we treasure the scent while it lasts.
The jasmine and wisteria, a few years on, are mature and fighting it out along the front wall, intertwining. They're both hardy, so I'm happy to let them go for it. Right now, the jasmine has bloomed and bunched in three separate places: its original location, wisteria HQ, and the arch over the front gate. Interestingly, neither the jasmine nor the climbing rose are keen on creeping down the other side of the arch once they hit the top. Right now, the arch is covered with jasmine on the west side (whence it came), while the east (seaward) side has mostly bare woody wisteria.
Why the white sports - and why only on the arch? Why are the buds so much earlier on the east side?
No complaints, of course. I've fed and watered these plants to maturity, and they're repaying the effort. That's evolution - and gardening - at its most rewarding.
A further set of flowering trees were planted in the southwest corner last year, a white magnolia and two michelias ('scented pearl'). The latter are profuse with white flowers, albeit little scent at the moment. They've taken hold, but it'll take a couple more years before they're really showy.