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May 20, 2010


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I had a Papaw, too - dearly miss him. Moved to Rhode Island four years ago and bought a house with a Carolina spice bush. Love the history of the plant that you've provided. Your website is fascinating and I'm learning so much. Thanks for taking the time.....

I grew up with a Sweet
Betsy in our front yard. It is still there and HUGE. i have tried for years to take a cutting - finally last year one finally took hold! The smell reminds me of my childhood for sure. It is heavenly!!!!!

Just reading up on these. I am 26 and these are by far my favorite flower. I was just at my grandmas and found the pod with the seeds. I am more than excited as I recently tried to root one and it did not work. Fingers crossed!

Amber in NC

Never smelled a Carolina Spice Bush ... at least I don't think so. Must ask Sister S if she's got some in WV where she lives. I sent her some day lily bulbs last month for her to plant around her place. She loves them. xxoo

I can imagine the smell from your description! I will have to look for them next time I am in the area. When does the bloom fall off? I would come second week in June, but not this year- we have hubby's 50th party with his family...

I look forward to seeing more, can you tell us about the kudzo bloom? I did not see them when I was down there...pretty, but I know it takes over...

How pretty. I'd love to smell one. We don't have those either!

I know these as 'sweet bubbys'. My mom said they would put a bloom in their 'bosom' when they went to church. I dont have one, havn't seen one in awhile.
Patty H.

Sweet Shrub is blooming here now in the hills of northeast Mississippi. Definitely an "old-time" plant, many here are found around old home places.

Keep up the great work Tipper. Through the thoughtful words, wonderful photos and beautiful music of this unique blog, you're a living treasure helping us celebrate our wonderful southern Appalachian heritage.

No, I can't say that we do have any of those around here. They do look familiar, tho, I've probably seen some in my travels. I bet they do smell good.

Tipper: Back from Mexico and trying to catch back up. Love the bush and the photo of Papaw.

Tipper, I don't have any Carolina Spice, but I'd like to! Do you suppose the Deer Hunter would mark one for me and transplant it when the time is right? Two of my shrubs in front died so I just happen to have a spot!

Hi Tipper, I have one of sweet smelling bushes, and they smell so good. mine is not very old, but I baby it so much, I know my mother had one, and we would smell the sweet smell, I would pick them, and play like I was cooking with them, thank you so much for taking me back to my childhood days.Have a blessed day.k

How pretty! Never seen or smelled one that I know of.

We have some growing wild -- it smell like fresh pineapple to me. We call it Sweet Shrub.

An older lady by the name of Mrs. Walker always had a bag of the blooms with her on Sunday mornings. She would give one to me and I guess other little kids. I would sit with it in my hand and smell it during church. I loved the smell and it kept me from getting into trouble or wiggling too much. She called it a "Bubby bush". I have no clue where that name came from but I love those bushes.

Pat in western NC

That sounds like a real natural deoderizer. I am partial to lylacs myself.

Well it is decided then, Bet and I will be finding this bush in one of our local nurseries and bringing it home, perhaps for next to her ducks' pen. I have been admiring pictures and descriptions of this bush when I come across it. It should handle my weather here, or so says the experts, so off we go to find one.

Beautiful bushes we doen't have any I might have to be sad about that, thay sound just heavenly.

Tipper, no Carolina Spice Bushes but lots of lilacs blooming and scenting the sunshine-y air! Have I told you lately how much I love reading your blog? It's like taking a cool dip in an Appalachian freshwater spring on a hot, hard-working day. Thanks for the refreshment! :)

awww tipper i just love hearing about your memories and the things that bring you back to them.. i would love to smell those flowers.. do they dry well?? i mean if picked and sent to someone in an envelope.. (hint hint ) lol i can imagine when you smell them.. the memories of your pap... i too think of my grandpa.. when i smell lily of the valley. that was his favorite flower.. thanks so much for your stories.. i just adore them and look forward to reading about the heritage.. and hearing the beautiful music..
sending big ladybug hugs

Anastasia-I love the smell of lavender! I'm glad you're enjoying the music-its Bluegrass : )

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I grew up loving this same bush in my "Granny's" yard. The smell was something our whole family remembers with fondness. Several family members have taken starters from Granny's bush, and grown their own, so her Sweet Shrub (as it was known to us) lives on. Thank you for your subject matter today. Wonderful trip down memory lane.

there are none in Flordia but we had lots of them in Georgia. I love the smell and hat completly forgotten them. we called the sweet shrubs. my aunt had a whole hedge of them and we used to pick them and bring them inside to make the house smell good.

I have never heard of that bush before and I don't think it grows in my part of the world. In Cyprus we've got plenty of thyme, basil and mint that you can even plant in pots in your garden or balcony and collect it fresh for cooking. In some parts of Cyprus, there's lavender that my mother likes to collect, then she dries it and creates lavender bags for her drawers and wardrobe. I only wish I had her patience and talent!

~PS~ I'm just lingering on your blog as I happen to like this music very much - I guess it's country music.

Awe Tipper... You need to call it Sweet BETSY.... I've never heard of this bush. Of course there are alot of bushes around here which grow wild that I have no idea what their names are... The smelliest bush we have is HoneySuckle.

Interesting post.... I'd love to smell that one.

Yes, I sure do remember the Sweet Shrub. My mama has one planted outside the back door of her house. Oh, thank you so much for posting this. Have a great day!

We have a Carolina Allspice growing in our backyard here in Portland, Oregon. Such a sweet smell. It is invasive though, so we have to keep it corraled by root pruning.

I wish you had a way to put the scent on your site because I bet my imagination can't even compare to what it really smells like.
So pretty!

I have never seen that! Such pretty flowers that evoke such strong and wonderful memories! Pink Jasmine does that for me. Blessings!

I'm so glad you wrote about this bush. I have one on the way to the workshop and wondered what it was. I love that bush.

I don't believe we have spice bushes this far north, but I wish we did! The flowers are gorgeous and I love any sweet-smelling flower! This weekend is our last frost date and I can't wait to get my plants in - including the unbelievably sweet-smelling moonflowers. I also eagerly await the carnations, another fragrant favorite!

I sure do! It is on the NE corner of my house. Got a small sprig of it from a dear Aunt of mine now it is about 8' high and eating my house but the smell is so heavenly. I think of her each time I smell it.

I have never heard of this bush or remember seeing one, but it looks beautiful and sounds heavenly.

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