Up Close and Personal

From my deck I look into the top of my 12' sweet olive. The fragrance is intoxicating!

Right now the air all around my place is infused with the luscious scent of sweet olive.

Most of this wonderful fragrance emits from the lusty 12 footer that grows beside my deck.

According to my husband Richard I brought this sweet olive home in the early 1990’s.

I knew that the flower scent would waft through the air for a long distance but I didn’t want to take a chance on missing it.  So I kept the sweet olive up close and personal by using it as a deck plant.   It lived in a terra cotta pot on my deck for over a decade and was invited to every deck party and cookout!

Right now my longtime companion sweet olive is living in a construction zone beside the deck.

Eventually it became pot bound and needed to be released into the wild.  So I planted it beside the deck of the new house we had just purchased next door.

It has been there for the past 12 years.  It has grown large enough that we had to prune it off the stairs several times.

For the past year we have been planning a deck renovation.   I was afraid the osmanthus would have to be severely pruned.   One of our deck expansion plans would have even required removal.  We discarded that plan and decided to reroute the stairs to give the sweet olive more room.

It has rewarded us this fall with a bountiful crop of blossoms.  We’ve thoroughly enjoyed them while sitting out on our new deck.

We shared a deck with that plant for over 10 years.   Now it has grown up into our deck space and we are co-habiting again.

This time the roots are in real dirt and we’re lounging on our deck in the osmanthus canopy.


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One Response to“Up Close and Personal”

  1. bubba says:

    bubba says “awesome”

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