Powerful presence

Flowers of the Variegated Silverberry

Flowers of the Variegated Silverberry

The perfume finds you in sudden gusts.

It took me ages to track down its origin, the first year.

Could it be out-of-season lilies-of-the-valley, or carnations, or late-flowering summer jasmine?

No, it comes from the tiny, fleshy flowers of the Variegated Silverberry.

A shrub with a secret that refuses to stay hidden.