In the fall of 2008 I was shopping for bargains and chose an unfamiliar clethra: Clethra alnifolia ‘Sherry Sue’. It was pretty, with reddish-pink stems. And supposedly fragrant.
Well, it sat there for several years, not doing much to impress me, though still a pretty shrub for that shady spot.
Whatever conditions were right for it this year—or maybe it had simply settled in—-it has bloomed like crazy this fall. And I am delighted with it’s light fragrance as it drifts across the back yard. A bit late for the harvest of this baby, as it took five years, but hopefully, it’ll continue over time to delight me in my Octobers to come. And really, what a treat. Here’s to taking chances and then waiting for the bounty!