Six On Saturday: Sweet May

There are several sources of sweetness in the air right now. I love the scent of all of these, but their pollen can trigger allergies too. There’s always a catch, isn’t there?

The top photo is honeysuckle, growing along the roadsides everywhere. The migrating hummingbirds have been enjoying its nectar for a couple of weeks. I wonder if children still taste it to discover its sweetness? That may not be a good idea if chemical sprays are used in those areas.

This wide shot of our southeast corner shows a tall legustrum in the middle of the photo. It’s in full bloom. You can also see remnants of english dogwod and some gumpo azaleas in full bloom also. The heavy aroma of legustrum reminds me of playing outside in May in my childhood.

Shifting your vision to the right, looking straight over the fence into the woods, you’ll see it white with chinese privets. They are a type of legustrum, but not nearly so well-behaved. These weedy shrubs have taken over the fields and forests in many parts of the south. I have to be diligent to keep them out of the garden, but I like the scent.

This next picture is not from my yard, but I used to have this white jasmine growing on the back fence. My husband’s not a fan of vines growing on the fence, and since it’s so vigorous, I got rid of it. In certain neighborhoods in town, you see them growing on the mailboxes. A little hole must be kept clear for the postal worker to deliver the mail. This doesn’t seem like such a great idea to me, but the scent is heavenly.

I’ve been enjoying the color-blend of hardy glads in front of this frosted orange azalea. The gladiolas were a little fuller before I cut a few for an arrangement.

Although none of these flowers have any scent, the colors brighten up a corner in the house.

There’s a lot to be done in the garden these days, and I’m enjoying my efforts. I enjoy it more when I can sit back with a glass of iced tea and see the fruit of my labor. That’s the sweet life.

Psalm 90:17 says, “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” (ESV)

Shalom, Dottie

Thanks to The Propagator who started Six On Saturday. His Twitter is @Cavershamjj and his website is

6 thoughts on “Six On Saturday: Sweet May

  1. Can there be any sweeter smell than honeysuckle and jasmine mixed together. I call it a bouquet of God’s love. Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden with us again this week ma’am.

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  2. Beautiful plants! I remember tasting honeysuckle as a child in the ’90s (born in late ’80s). We used to roam around neighborhoods (not causing trouble) in the spring and summer.


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