Blossoms in the winter

A little wintersweet for a dreary day.

Nadya Warthen-Gibson explains why we should be impressed with the bloom above.

We discovered this yesterday afternoon, in Maymont park, near the Italian garden, a fragrant a fragrant plant is blooming in the middle of the winter.

This shrub is originally from China, and is called wintersweet (one of the Chimonanthus species). It is not as common in the gardening trade as it should be, due to the long time it takes to bloom (3-7 years) and due to its relative plainness in the summer. Still- the bugger actually blooms. Fragrantly. In the winter. And if I’m gushing, so be it. It is a little winter miracle that more folks should know about.

Image: Nadya Warthen-Gibson

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Richard Hayes

When Richard isn’t rounding up neighborhood news, he’s likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest craft beer.

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