THE PRIVET FAIRY ~ Here in the wayside hedge I stand, And look across the open land; Rejoicing thus, unclipped and free, I think how you must envy me, O garden Privet, prim and neat, With tidy gravel at your feet! (in early summer the Privet has spikes of very strongly-scented white flowers)
These English beauties are extremely tolerant of wet soils so it’s no wonder that we have an abundance of these flowers in our coastal garden each year. Their violet-blue flowers are bell shaped and they naturalize very well (i.e. come back year after year, and gradually multiply). Although they aren’t long lasting when cut, the flowers are pleasantly and usually strongly scented.