Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Treasure In the Gunks

Many of our plants have an unusual route to our garden. Clethra is one such plant. Ed and daughter Amy have hiked extensively in the Catskills and the Shawangunk Mountains. An August hike in the Gunks took them through a cloud of sweet fragrance. Most wildflowers are well past by August so the source of the sweet smell had to be found. Walking into the breeze led them to dark green bushes covered with white flowers.

Our garden specimens came from Phyllis' garden. Clethera reproduces freely by underground runners. We have had more success with these daughter plants. Rabbits find them tasty, so protection is required while the plants are small.

The period of bloom makes this plant special. Its connection to a past pleasant day makes it a treasure here!

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