i like their scent
People do say that is one of their attractions
But they smell so sweet!
Hmm, that’s as may be!
I don’t like that sort either Cathy – the less showy ones that grow wild here (M. aquifolium) are much less offensive, and smell so lovely too when they flower in late winter/early spring. The bees adore them, but the main disadvantage is that they are very prickly!
We all like different things, don’t we – but the bees are selective in a different way!
Really? I wish I could grow them!
I know how you feel but watch out – it’s a slippery slope. I’ve recently fallen for red hot pokers after years of having them as one of the few flowers on my don’t like list. It’s the trendy, small, orangey red hot pokers I like – the big ones still seem a little suspect.
I’m having the same feelings about Canna Lilies!
You are right – as in the old days I didn’t like tulips, or dahlias… and now I am beginning to look at certain chrysanthemums in a different way too… 😉
Kinda looks like a rally squad shaking their pom poms.
Love that thought!
I love their scent too and this is a perfect example of a floral display in an urban space which is my theme this month – if you’d like to link to it – https://smallbluegreenflowers.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/garden-photography-urban-spaces/
It certainly looked striking in the urban space and I will try to make time to link to your theme
When I see them grown well in a mass like this, I like them for their structure and citrus scent. My sole ‘specimen’ that came with the garden looks like a gangly teenager ….
There was one in our garden when we came too, also very gangly – but pretty ancient – and it eventually came out
I love anything that blooms in December, has fragrant flowers and architectural, evergreen leaves. What’ s not to like? Unlike Cathy, I loathe Mahonia aquifolium; a weedy thing that seeds everywhere and is impossible to eradicate. Thank goodness we all like different things, so boring if we all agree on everything.
Yes, and it’s good for us to be honest about our dislikes too and not feel ashamed by them!!
I agree, but like marmite! I don’t like that either😉
Good analogy 🙂
I’ve always liked Mahonia. It’s a standard feature in many council parks as it’s spiky so I acts as a barrier, it attracts bees and pollinators and the berries feed the wildlife and it can handle shade fairly well.
The only problem is that is throws out suckers faster than anything! B-D
Yes, all in its favour, I agree!
You crack me up Cathy!
Not me !
I love them but that is because they don’t grow where I live so I don’t know about their downsides!
I think it’s their yellowness… 😉
I like it for its scent , the time of year it flowers and for the bees. One garden I use to help in had one planted too close to the lawn, I use to curse it every time I mowed the lawn. For those who have a straggly one they responded well to hard pruning.
Yes, people insist they respond to hard pruning, but ours which had probably been in the garden for 20 years before we were was in a completely inappropriate place and it was only a matter of time before it came out!
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