I went down the back steps in the early light this morning to take a photograph of our favorite dogwood tree and was stopped by the smell. We have a number of tea olives at the back of the house and their scent is as magnificent as the bloom is understated. Sadly, I can't share the stunning scent, but the photograph is made more interesting by a glimpse of the bottle tree in the background.
The dogwood tree was one in the tangle of woods when we built the house four years ago. The blooms are whiter than we have ever seen them and the tree is catching our attention -- and gets a comment -- each time we're at the back of the house. I think, used as we are to dogwoods spreading into a lower, wider canopy, it's this tree's conical shape that sets it apart.