After the deluge the sun came out! Everything was weighed down from the rain, including the Rowan tree with its masses of berries which are ripening fast and it’s still only July!
The Sorbus is also known as mountain ash as well as Rowan and in English folklore is said to have magical properties and gives protection against witches.
The flowers on this evergreen shrub are quite unspectacular and you could easily pass by without noticing them, if it wasn’t for the fragrance that fills the air. It is also known as Sweet box or Christmas box. They flower from December to February and are followed by shiny black fruit. Grow close to a path where you can appreciate the scent. An easy-to-grow shrub that likes shade and reaches about four feet in height. It spreads a little, but is not invasive – the new shoots are easy to pull up and you can give them away to your friends.