Even though I haven’t been in the garden much at all this week (dreary weather, HUGE amount of rain, health issue), it continues to surprise me.
On Saturday night, Tom was outside covering the pool when he smelled something very strong and sweet. He came in to tell me about it and I tried to figure out what plant it could be. When he told me it was coming from the side of the house where my second butterfly garden is, I realized I was the Night Blooming Jasmine!
I ordered a small plant from Hirt’s a few months ago and although it’s done really great and grown like crazy, for a while I doubted that it *was* Jasmine because it looked different than my other two Jasmine plants. And there was no evidence of blooms.
Well, it turns out the “Night Blooming” part of the title was accurate- usually you can see evidence of the flowers on most night blooming plants the next day, but the Jasmine was closing up toght during the daylight hours.
Anyway, Tom and Gracie and I grabbed flashlights and piled outside in the dark to see the blooms and take a good smell. It was magical. One of those moments when gardening comes full circle, in a way.
In addition to the Jasmine, the second Passiflora is continuining to bloom and Tom got a great photo of it. He’s had his camera out for holiday stuff so it’s easy for him to pop out and take photos of the garden when I ask. Clearly, you can tell the difference in quality from *my* iPhone photos!
It seems like fuchsia/violet is sort of a theme right now- we also have an orchid in bloom and some geraniums.
I may not be thrilled with the dreary, dank weather but the plants seem to like it.