We have a number of roses in our garden mainly bought for their beautiful scent. But even our smelliest roses don't seem to have much scent this year - is this normal?
There have been a couple of threads on this subject recently.I think it has a lot to do with weather conditions.I have a group of Flastaff roses. Some days the scent is wonderful, other days I can't notice it.Last week the scent from my star jasmine was overwhelming and quite sickly. This week it's just a light perfume.
I asked this question a couple of weeks ago and didn't get one reply so its nice to know I'm not alone. I too have noticed that there is either no scent at all or there is the faintest whiff of what used to be. The exceptions have been the rose I grew from seed (massive, feral plant) and a hybrid tea that lives in a pot by the bins in shade. It must be the weather.
And is this also the reason for the lack of insects? The nepeta is normally a danger zone at this time of year with enough bees and hoverflies to block out the sun, but this year we seem to just have a few bumble bees and one or two hoverflies. The same is true of the creeping thyme which is normally a magnet for all small flying things.
I've also noticed the lack of fragrance from my roses, can only really be down to the everchanging weather, think it was the driest Spring in many decades.
I notice too that there aren't as many bees around my nepeta, but I have noticed hundreds of spiders on the ground throughout the garden this year.
Not good for arachnophobes.
Do explain Mike - I'm sure your insights into DNA and hybridization would be of interest to many of us
He's just an arrogant sod , I don't know why he posts here with us plebs.
It is one thing to breed a rose with no fragrance, and there are far too many of those, but how does a heavily perfumed rose lose its scent from one year to the next?