Water Jasmine

A Tiny Fragrant Star Winter is my time for basement gardening.  Where we live we have to put our tropical plants in the basement for the winter.  It’s a lot of labor to go through twice a year.  We take them in when we know that the night temperature will drop and stay below 45°F, usually... Continue Reading →

Growing Kaffir Lime From Seeds

Much Easier Than You Think Kaffir lime (Citrus hystrix) has many benefits, in both food and medicinal.  Using its leaves is much common in cooking.  Fruit is too sour to use but rind is also used in cooking.  I love the scent of its crushed leaf and have been using them in my cooking.  The... Continue Reading →

First Day Of Spring

Welcoming With Snow….And Colors Today is the official first day of spring but it has been snowing since midday.   So far we have accumulated around two inches.  I don’t mind the big fluffy flakes with no wind; very peaceful.  However that spring itch has gotten to me.  I started trimming the tropical plants in the basement and fed... Continue Reading →

Basement Garden

Still Blooming What's left blooming in our garden now are just some hardy roses, calendula and the broccoli that we let bloom for the bees (though technically a vegetable).  The re-blooming iris are just producing flower buds which may or may not bloom.  The weather has been staying around 50º F during the day and... 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 →

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 →

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