Wild roses are in bloom right now, on acres and acres of land around town. They're white, single petaled, but bloom in groups. The aroma is incredible. It wafts into the open windows of the house, and is in the air everywhere. Just taking a walk, or a bike ride, is a great aromatic experience! Of course, it's a fleeting one as well. The flowers will be gone in about a week, and then the bushes will turn into just more prickly briars and thickets. Lesson? Enjoy every minute of every day while you can!
These wild rose bushes grow 25-30 feet tall and cover much of the town at this time of year. These roses are on Pink Gardens' property. The clusters of white flowers adds a brighter touch to the usual green background.
While Japanese Iris don't have an aroma, their beauty is enough for me. Most of the German, Bearded and Siberian Iris are done flowering for the year, but the Japanese variety have just started to bloom.
This image was shot a few days ago. It's a regular German Iris, but notice the lower petal variegation. All of this variety are solid yellow, but this particular bloom must have cross-pollinated with the purple ones, resulting in that one petal's purple veins. It's a mutant but a pretty mutant!