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Fragrance of carnations

Hard to see but highly perfumed

I’m not a great one for attractive foliage in a garden: it’s flowers that I like.

But Clive won over on one point when we were making the garden, and we planted a few bushes of a kind I’ve just discovered is called Variegated Silverberry.

There’s nothing wrong with them. They’re evergreen, easy on the eye, and don’t have prickles or anything like that.

What I keep forgetting is that at this time of year they have flowers – small white flowers hidden underneath the leaves.

Nothing there so far to make them less boring, but they also have an unbelievably strong fragrance of carnations.

You look around, wondering wherever it might be coming from, and then you realise.

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