Australian Cakebush

This is an azara microphylla or box leaf azara (99% sure). There is one outside of our front door and for two or three glorious weeks in late winter, it blooms and smells like the most delicious cake. The first year we lived in this house, I asked John to find out what this delicious smelling shrub was called (me = not a natural gardener), and he reported back that it was an Australian Cake Bush. Those who know John will understand when I say that he said this with such authority and such a straight face that even though I should have known better, I took him at his word. I told MANY MANY people about my amazing Australian Cake Bush. So many people. It wasn’t until the quizzical look on a friend’s face that it dawned on me that there was no way that this could possibly be true. I came home and accused John of treachery and he just laughed and said, “I didn’t think you actually believed me.” All this to explain that at this time of year, the smell of cake at my front door will not only make me smile, but often laugh out loud as well, and that’s not a bad thing at winter’s end. And in my family, it will always be the Australian Cake Bush.

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