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Fairview alleys smell a bit…wonderful this spring

April 16, 2016
Fragrant blossoms peek out of a fence off Hemlock Street.

Fragrant blossoms peek out of a fence off Hemlock Street.

Hats off to all the property owners in Fairview who, over the years, have planted a particular spring-flowering shrub all over the neighbourhood.

Both chokecherry (prunus virginiana) and Japanese pepperbush (clethra barbinervis) look very similar but the leaves of these two shrubs appear to be wider in the former and serrated in the latter.

The same kind of blossoming shrub off Alder Street.

The same kind of blossoming shrub seen at night off Alder Street.

The shrub that I’m referring to has long glossy, smooth-sided, spear pointed, leaves and at this time of year it is thick with long white blossoms packed with delicate little flowers—flowers that are fragrant as heck!

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Pink and white cherry blossoms towering over fragrant shrubs off 12th Avenue.

Thanks to these prolific flowering shrubs, along with all the magnolia and cherry blossom trees, the back alleys of Fairview look and smell absolutely delightful in April!

Trust me, this will not be the case come the dog days of July and August, so take lots of long deep breaths now and enjoy it while it lasts. Click the images to enlarge them.

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