Then the oldest bud got that furled up 'skirt' and I kept looking, looking. Never mind the blue trug in the picture. I put it there to hold the boxwood clippings I took so I could get to a spigot. Everything I read says they need oceans of water and ample fertilizer.
This plant has three stems, starting bifurcation, no buds but it's trying.
This afternoon this one began to unfurl the ballerina skirt.
... and tonight
... an Angel trumpet, with more to come.
The nighttime fragrance is so intoxicating, a delightful scent. There are horror stories on the web about people falling asleep under a Brug, never to wake.
Last year I kept Brugs over the winter inside as cuttings. I took a chance this past winter and just hoped they would come back from the roots, which they did. Remember, this is zone 8b. Some took a long time of thinking about returning before they showed any green. These are in a more sheltered location in raised beds and sprouted quickly.
This is an anticlimax as far as fragrance. Gardenia hedges bloomed first.