In the typical gardener position (i.e. crawling around in the dirt), weeding, looking, poking about - a breeze brought to me a subtle hint of bananas. Appears that my Banana Shrub (Michelia figo) has started opening its blossoms.
Years back, when more sunshine reached my backyard (the oaks have grown since then), I planted this shrubby bush. While likely not as full as one grown in sunshine, it has filled in its spot in the garden and now stands about eight foot tall. Its ligustrum-like leaves are not showy, but they are evergreen. And while the blossoms are not eye-catching, whenever you are working nearby, you'll catch a sweet banana fragrance.