When I turned around and saw that my calendar said September I just about fell off my seat! Where did the summer go? Did I miss it? I’m sure everyone feels this way, but I just need to remind myself take a moment and pause. Take it in. Breathe. And stop and smell the roses … well at least the scented geraniums ….

Scented Geraniums | Bowery Beach Farm

One of my favorites this year was Mimosa – and that’s not only because a mimosa is a wonderful way to start the weekend. It has a deliciously sweet scent.

Mimosa Scented Geraniums | Bowery Beach Farm

But it is hard to beat the smell of heliotrope just after a rain.

That is why I like to plant it not only in the garden, but also in pots next to my window and door. So that whenever a breeze comes by, or I brush by it as I come in the house I get a whiff of the sweetness!

Heliotrope | Bowery Beach Farm

And even though dahlias aren’t fragrant, they are beyond beautiful. So much so that I forgive them for not inviting me in with their non-existent smell. This year I’m growing just under 100 plants, and one of my new trials will definitely be making it into the big dahlia beds next year.

Mom's Special Dahlia | Bowery Beach Farm

Mom’s Special is indeed special. The photo in the catalog doesn’t do her justice. Streaked delicately with purple and white this dahlia is showy! Making it the perfect focal point in an arrangement or bouquet. Now I just wish I  had grown more of them …

And that’s why there’s always next year!