This week brought a lovely surprise in the post from my Mum.
This beautiful, healthy plant with its dark glossy leaves and clusters of white spidery flowers with red toes is Sarcococca ‘Winter Gem’, a newly bred variety of sweet box. A few days after succumbing to temptation and ordering her own plant, she decided that it was too good to keep for herself, and promptly ordered one for me, to cheer me up after what has been a rather difficult month.
Pretty as a picture… and the scent! I wish I could share that with you. Its sweet perfume was almost overwhelming as I opened the sturdy packaging in the kitchen.
Thank you, Mum. It’s a lovely gift, and certainly brought a smile to my face. It’s a fairly compact form, so I think I will be on the lookout for a pretty pot to keep it on the patio, where it shouldn’t scorch in the summer sun, and we can enjoy its lovely winter perfume each time we step outside to gather more logs for the fire.