There was never any doubt: Buddleja salvifolia would be my mid-August subject. As we reach the magic moment when the world starts to waken, the typical honeyed Buddleja scent wafts on the air; the warmer, the stronger it is. If kept trimmed every alternate year the foliage is lovely and the shrub effective. The flowers can kindly be described as a soft grey with a yellowish eye. A small percentage are whitish or even mauvish or blueish, but don't expect brightly beautiful. Its chief attraction is the deliriously summery smell which hits you unexpectedly, even on cold days like today. It is an endemic pioneer shrub on our mountain and will protect second generation growth like Halaria lucida (tree fuchsia) from the frost.