Wisteria

A Living Umbrella I still remember the arresting scene of Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) that made me want to grow one.  That was when I walked under the Wisteria Pergola in Central Park when it was in full bloom.  A sea of lilac pealike flowers cascaded down over my head and a powerful sweet perfume filled... 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 →

Bitter Melon

Bitterness Can Be Really Good This year is a great year for Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia).  They cover three quarters of the vegetable garden fence.  The thickness of the leaves and the bright yellow flowers spotted among them look very pleasant.  The sweet scent of the flowers is a plus, especially in the morning when... Continue Reading →

Clematis ‘Sweet Autumn’

Snow in Fall I've been doing my best to create a garden that have flowers from early spring to late fall, both day and night.  It's getting there but I don't know when I'll finish.  I'm not going to beat myself up for it since a true garden will never be done anyway; it just... 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 →

Garden Phlox

A Tough Native (or phloxing around for fun) Heat and rainstorm can't do very much damage to this native perennial.  Once they're established I merely prune them in spring so they won't grow too tall and 'dead-head' them once the flower's spent. I started growing Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata) with just a couple of them.... 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 →

Happy to be Alive

Rescued bulbs Every spring the gardener at my office will plant flower bulbs around the base of trees that line up in front of the office.  The bulbs vary from year to year, from tulips to daffodils to hyacinths.  They look lovely in those little patches on the sidewalk.  After a month passes, the flowers... Continue Reading →

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