What’s Blooming Wednesday #41 – The Aroma!

Is there something blooming in your yard that you love to cut and bring inside?  Do you love it more because it fills your rooms with its wonderful scent?

Our Magnolia blooms started opening last weekend.

Magnolia Blossom

The aroma is heavenly.  I wish you could smell them here this year – because it seems to be a stronger, sweeter scent.

Magnolia Blossom

Is that possible?

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Patricia Neely-Dorsey, our local poet and Mississippi’s Goodwill Ambassador, has a lot to say about our sweet Magnolias.

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She loves any pictures of her books with real Magnolia blooms, so they wound up on my front porch.

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Winston did, too.  (He’s right by the door so he doesn’t miss the opportunity to follow me inside.  Ha.)

Front Porch Blooms

Spunky Daughter stayed with me a couple of days last week while HH was out of town.  She brought the seedlings she’d planted earlier this spring and a few flowers she’d bought when she stopped to get potting soil.  (Just like her mother…can’t resist colorful flowers!)  She painted several of my old pots, and we potted everything.  These were leftover, so I stuck them inside this pot with the chrysanthemums.


I love the pop of orange-red beside the front door.

At one end of the front porch, I planted these cherry-red Gerbera daisies with basil and the potato vine.

Front Porch Blooms

The Baptisia is blooming from the ground just beyond this pot.


At the opposite end of the porch, I finally got the slugs under control so my hydrangea could get healthy.  I love the different color blooms

Hydrangea Blooms

I rooted this Nikko blue from my bush in Georgia and moved it with us.  Our alkaline soil here gives me all different shades of blues, pinks, and purples.  I love that, but I do miss the vibrant blue blooms we had in our acidic Georgia soil.

The side porch geraniums are doing well…even without bright sunshine to help them bloom.

Side Porch Blooms

Have you ever seen a soybean seedling?

Soybean Seedling

We had a burst of rain two days ago, and these guys appeared the next morning.

Can you see the teensy rows in this picture?

Soybean Seedlings

By yesterday evening, they’d grown completely visible from the front porch.

Soybean Crops

A quick, light rain in the a.m. can really move things along!

So…what’s blooming at your house?  Anything that has a sweet aroma?


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    • says

      You will love the scent! 🙂 I now have them all over the house. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I have mine, Jenna. Happy Wednesday!

  1. Libba says

    Kim, My hydrangeas were pure blue. I lost all of them when the house burned, but maybe you need to get some of the soil they were growing in.

    • says

      Yes, the soil here is so different. The blooms were completely pink the first year it bloomed. I added sulfur, so the next year, blooms looked confused. I liked the variation of color, so it was my choice to keep the sulfur addition to a minimum. I have another bush nearby and gave it a heavier dose of sulfur one year as a test. It didn’t change the coloring past the light purple. Two feet underground, we have a 12-inch band of limestone. I’ll bet your hydrangeas were gorgeous! I’m sorry you lost them in the fire, along with all the other treasures you enjoyed.

  2. says

    Kim, I love the scent of a magnolia bloom wafting in the air! Is anything more Southern than their big white blooms? I love to bring them inside, but my allergies don’t always cooperate! Wishing you a wonder-filled Thursday!
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    • says

      I’m so sorry you sometimes have allergy issues with the Magnolia, Pam! I hope I never develop an allergic reaction to Magnolia blossoms/trees. I’m very reactive to pine trees after living in the Pine Belt in my growing years…not a problem with no blooms to forfeit. (Any news on your sweet grand’s arrival?) Thursday blessings~

  3. Bonnie Leonard says

    I too have an old Magnolia next to my house. I live on the NC coast between Wilmington and Myrtle beach. My tree is almost 100 years old as is my little house. Sitting on the deck in the mornings is wonderful when the breeze is light. The fragrance from the blooms is wonderful. Our tree has been blooming for two weeks, a little early, but just a joy.

    • says

      Oh, Bonnie, the mental picture you’ve painted is dreamy! Your setting must be the perfect thing to enjoy in your coastal area. I’d offer to trade homes for a week, but I’m afraid a week would not be long enough. You might never get rid of me! Happy Friday!