Two of my favorite flowers are blooming together in my garden right now.
When we first moved into the house, I'd go to local plant sales sponsored by various garden clubs. I still remember bringing home two little lily of the valley plants in a small cup.
My experience has been that if I can find a plant I want at a garden club sale, it is more likely to grow and thrive than a plant from a commercial nursery. I don't know if that's because garden clubs tend to sell whatever is prolific in their gardens, or if the plants are more acclimated to local conditions.
But I love these little pink flowers lining our walkway.
We have 3 Daphne shrubs. They smell wonderful. Even on the other side of the house on the porch, we catch a faint whiff of their flowery scent.
Local nurseries have stopped selling Daphne lately because we're right on the edge of climate where they survive, and nurseries were replacing too many plants to live up to their guarantees.
Luckily for us, our Daphnes seem to be happy - although every year they do get crushed by deep snow along our walkway. They were absolutely buried for months last winter.
But they've forgotten all about that, and are blooming happily and fragrantly!
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