Monday, April 18, 2005
If you don't already have Viburnum juddii in your garden, you either have a very small garden, or you're seriously neglecting your nose. This seven foot tall shrub opened its first few flowers a week ago, and instantly the front of the garden was filled with its languid bouquet, reminiscent of gardenia. Now it's fully open, and its got what I call front door perfume; our garden is quite a ways in back of our house... this shrub you can smell when you go out the front door. It's amusing to walk around the garden and find pockets where its perfume is strongest, due to a slight breeze, or downhill from it. Its flowers start out pink in bud, then change to white. A peerless shrub that is the highlight of the garden when in bloom.