So hard to capture, but it smells sublime!

Just as the blossom starts to fade, I’m swept off my feet by the aroma of white broom. Walking out through the salinas to the ruins of Fort Rato, with scarcely a hint of breeze, the smell wafts toward me. So delicate, the flowers tiny, for most of the year the broom has a straggly presence that’s easy to ignore. But it’s a tenacious shrub that thrives in sandy soil. It may be invasive but I love it, never more so than this year when it has transformed so much of the scrubland by the shore. ‘Heaven, I’m in heaven….’

88 thoughts on “So hard to capture, but it smells sublime!

  1. Who knows, maybe a few years from now all monitors will have an olfactory attachment? Certainly would like one of those as I’m looking through your uplifting images: we once toured a garden that was created for blind people, and the tour was guided by smell. After all these years, we still remember it!

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    • Smell is a strange sense, isn’t it? Walking out to the salt pans this afternoon we passed workers tarring a stretch of road. I really like the smell. But then a lot of jasmine in gardens. Too sweet for me! πŸ€—πŸ’•

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      • It absolutely is! Here’s another smell curiosity: if you’re in a loud room, you may get used to the noise after a while and not pay attention to it, but if someone brings it to your attention, you can β€œrehear” it. If you’re in a smelly room and you get used to the smell, and someone later brings it to your attention, you can no longer β€œre-smell” it. You’d have to leave the room, get used to something else to re-smell it. Strange, isn’t it?

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  2. Such beautifully blooming shrubs! I’m glad to see you are enjoying wonderful spring weather, it’s rather stormy winter-like in Ireland, just a few days ago it was snowing ☺️ thanks for sharing and have a good day ☺️ Aiva

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  3. I know just what you mean Jo. Rather like our magnolia blossoms. Beautifully fragrant – delicious really – while in bloom, but rather boring or even yucky once the blossoms fade and die. I imagine yours smell a bit like jasmine, at least they look similar

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  4. I can understand your liking this shrub, Jo. It is pretty and I must mention it to a friend who is building a house and garden on very sandy soil. The comments mention your leg being a bother – I missed the update so hope you are feeling okay soon.

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  5. Cytisus multiflorus or White Spanish Broom is native to the Iberian peninsula. Apparently can cause mild stomach upset if handled. Like our gorse it looks best in its native habitat.

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  6. Now have a new large screen monitor to really appreciate those photos Jo. I only know yellow broom and it is an invasive weed over here. The screen did come with problems (technology always does for me!!!) and put my computer out of action for 2 weeks waiting for a part to fix it… Sorry to hear of your tangle with the bollard. Hope it is all better now.

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    • I had never come across white broom until we came here, Pauline. It’s not like the sturdy yellow one I knew in the UK, but it’s obviously equally tenacious. It grows mostly on sandy soil and scrubland that wouldn’t nurture anything else, and I feel incredibly lucky to witness it for a few short weeks.
      The leg is a real pain, cramping my style and I’m not known for my patience, but needs must!

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  7. I love the last picture in particular – it’s as if spring decided to do a painting of a mountain snow scene. Sorry about your tangle with the bollard. I hope your leg makes a quick recovery. That puts a half-muddy bottom into perspective πŸ™‚

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    • I love that last one too. I just wanted to immerse myself in it. You been slithering and sliding? I’m not too bad, thanks. An excuse to put my feet up and read. And we all know I should be learning Portuguese πŸ™„πŸ’Ÿ

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  8. How I wish you could share that scent as effectively as your photos convey the appearance!
    I’m just back from two weeks away and picking up that you’ve had an injury. How are you? What happened? Sending hugs πŸ€—

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    • Hello Sarah πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• Good time? Lots of stories to tell no doubt. I was chatting to a lady after a walk yesterday and not looking where I was going when a bollard jumped up and bit me! Leg is a mess so I’m not walking for a day or two. Love a bit of drama πŸ™„πŸ’Ÿ

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  9. I’m singing along with you, Jo. What beautiful images – you have brightened my cold and very windy day.
    And how is your hobbling going? Sounds like the sort of thing I do – if there’s anything to trip over, I find it!

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    • Feet up on the settee, Debs πŸ€£πŸ’• Sat out with a book this morning then joined friends for lunch. Means I don’t have to cook tonight. The clouds caught up with us this afternoon but not cold or windy. Aiming at walking again on Sunday πŸ€”πŸ’Ÿ

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  10. Those tiny flowers look so pretty. I can only imagine their fragrance. Nothing like flowers to uplift you at this time of year. Well, here in Canada, not Portugal. You’ve got plenty blooming at this time of year. I went off to a lovely greenhouse to get a dose of summer. Great pics Jo!

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