If the scent could only be bottled!!!!!! I'm fortunate to have three spread out among my back gardening area, and one right at the base of the deck. The South's "gardening guru" Walter Reeves, points out the blooms appear in months with an "R" in them and that seems to be true for mine.
I love the smell of these so much, I literallly have one by every door. One coming into the garage, one by each gate. I also have two in big pots. As someone who loves the frangrances in a garden. I cant think of one better...orange blossoms in the breeze...may be close.
thanks for writing about one of my all time fave fragrant shrubs. I'll have to pay attention about the "R" thing. I think it is right b/c I've seen them at the store in Sep and Oct with blooms. Personally, mine do not bloom in Sep-Oct but they do bloom steadily Dec-Apr
I recently bought another osmanthus to replace one that had died (weak one to begin with). It was in bloom and it sat in the car for about 2 hrs while we were running errands. The truck smelled so nice for a while. Usually it smells of tools and dogs, lol.
Mmmmm-mmmm I LOVE these...sadly they don't love me nearly as much. I've lost all but one...wish I could figure out the "trick" Gotta grow mine in pots - not as lucky as ya'll to be able to enjoy these IN the ground.