Daphne dearest

As our spring progresses in leaps and bounds, thanks to the inch of rain we had just the other day, another of our favorite bushes has entered the pageantry of the flower festival. It’s the Daphne flowering shrub (Daphne odora), and if you ask me, its species name should have been fragrancia, rather than odora, as when it’s in full flower, the fragrance that emanates from its blossoms is a delicate wonder, much more than just an “odor.”
Daphne 324I’ve chosen to perform a bit of single-image tone mapping to bring out the delicate details in the (very) white petals.  [If you’d like a more detailed image, just click on it.]

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8 Responses to Daphne dearest

  1. Meanderer says:

    Yes, these flowers do have a lovely strong perfume like old-fashioned talcum powder! Lovely, Gary.

    • krikitarts says:

      That’s a great analogy, and I hadn’t realized it through all the years we’ve lived here, but my mom had some talc that was very similar. Thanks for the belated connection, M!

  2. One of our greatest pleasures is opening the garage door in the morning and having the wonderful scent from our Daphne come rushing in…and, of course, enjoying it every time we pass by the bush. Ours flowers a second time later in the autumn.

    • krikitarts says:

      Lucky you! We don’t see a second flowering, but the blossoms last well into summer. They remind me somewhat of dogwood flowers, with the pink, notched ends of the petals. I’m so eager for the rest of them to burst out from their buds!

  3. Beautiful. Too bad we can’t have smellographs – i.e. having the fragrance with the photos.

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