One by one, I'm attempting to identify the shrubs in my yard. Once this one next to the front step started to bloom, I was able to narrow it down to some sort of viburnum, although the leaves have me stumped and I can't determine the variety yet. While examining it up close, I discovered that it has a lovely jasmine-like scent.
The leatherleaf mahonia continues to surprise. The buds are opening into wonderful bridal bouquets of greenish-yellowish-white florets, but as I passed the one in the back yard a few days ago, I caught a whiff of rose. Braving the prickly leaves, I determined the mahonia to be the source of the aroma. The one by the front stoop is now in full enough bloom that when I open the door, I'm greeted by the combined perfume of the mahonia and the viburnum. The bees seem to appreciate the scent, too, and I've noticed that the older blossoms on the mahonia are starting to form berries. I wonder what kinds of birds they'll attract?
Here is the front-door mahonia in full bloom: