Water Jasmine

Another Fragrant Flower Someone named this small tree 'Water Jasmine' (Wrightia religiosa Benth.ex Kurz).  I guess because its flower is white and fragrant though it is not a shrub.  This Water Jasmine can grow 10 to 15 feet high and frequently grows right next to fresh water.  I have grown this plant from seed and... Continue Reading →

Flowers For Bees

Something I Overlooked: This year will be my second year as a beekeeper and hopefully I will do a better job than my freshman year.  At this moment I just hope the bees survive this roller coaster winter.  I know there are still some bees in the hive since I've seen dead bees on fresh... Continue Reading →

Poet Jasmine

The Poet Yes, someone named this jasmine 'Poet' or 'French Perfume' (Jasminum grandiflorum).  I'm not sure I like the name or the scent best.  I can see why it get this name.  One whiff of its scent and you can write a few lovely lines of  poetry.  If you keep sniffing it, you may be able to... Continue Reading →

Little Orange Jasmine

Never Too Many We have two Orange Jasmine (Murraya paniculata) that have never stopped blooming.  It doesn’t matter where they are, under artificial light in the basement, in the bay window or on the pool deck in summer, they bloom.  They deliver that delicious scent reminiscent of the tropics in the middle of winter.  I... Continue Reading →

More Jasmine

Never Have Enough After a flood of "Maid of Orleans" jasmine (Jasminum sambac) a couple of weeks ago, there are still some flowers to pick for the house everyday but not as many, not until the second wave of flowers bloom.   They are forming new flower buds again and won't slow down until they are... Continue Reading →

Maid of Orleans Jasmine

Not Just Fragrant It's that time of year again, when our Jasmine blooms profusely.  They perfume the garden in the evening and early morning.  I line them up on the pool deck where they can get full sun and are easy for me to collect the flowers.  The Jasmine "Maid of Orleans" (Jasminum sambac) are... Continue Reading →

Natural Air Freshener

The Orange Jasmine Welcome I don't like photographing flowers at night; they never come out the way I want them to.   Tonight was an exception.  I got a text message from Bill while on the train coming home.  Having arrived home ahead of me, as soon as he opened the door a strong but... Continue Reading →

Kaffir Lime

Kaffir Lime:  A Tree Worth Traveling With.  Asian cooking uses a lot of Kaffir Lime leaves.   It gives a tangy lemony scent and taste.   Though finding lime leaves in the US is getting easier, you still have to go to an Asian market and for the most part they're not fresh enough or they're frozen. ... Continue Reading →

Scented Garden (continue)

Sweet Smell of Tropical Certain smells brings back certain memories.  It's true for everyone.  Every time I get a scent of Jasmine it brings me right back to my childhood like it was yesterday.  A hand hammered silver bowl of cold water infused with Jasmine that still float in the bowl.  One whiff and one... Continue Reading →

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