While working in the garden, when the breeze blows just so, I'll catch the faintest whiff of fragrance. It always takes me a moment to determine that the Banana Shrub (Michelia figo) is in bloom again. Approaching almost ten foot tall with a loose structure, it has several open flowers with many more maturing buds.
The fragrance does not carry far, so it always seems to just tease you with its perfume. Coming close and actually placing one's nose near the flower will give you a blast of its banana scent.
The blooms are small and rather inconspicuous. They stay open for a few days, then fade.
The blossoms open a creamy white, then slowly change to a soft yellow as they age. Eventually, one by one, the petals will fall and the scent will disappear.
But for now, as I find myself bent to some garden chore, a soft breeze will pick up the scent and carry it to me. It always makes me stop and smile. It reminds me to sit back, to look about and see the surrounding nature...and allow the garden to refresh me.