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Recent additions to my increasingly complicated front yard...Maid of Orleans jasmine. *glees* It's not exactly what I wanted, exactly what I wanted is the persnickety Duke of Tuscany jasmine, which has flowers the size of 50 cent pieces that look like white roses and smell like a pokemon with a Jasmine Blast!! attack. Either one, though, is edible. The flowers are good for teas, jasmine syrup...and I found a recipe for jasmine pots de cream, which is pretty much food porn for an exotic herb/custard freak. I have to take a shower now.

At R (Wyte's wife)'s recommendation, went to a little herbalist shop nearby. It's really quite a piece of work! The shop, Garden of the Ancients, is near the corner of Yager and Parmer--maaaybe three miles from my house! It was more of a New Age herbalist than a nursery, though. I'm sure I'll come there again, but I don't work much with medicinal herbs. They had an excellent array of bulk spices though, with very good prices.

Happy gardener moment for the week--about four days ago, my Night-Blooming Jessamine started opening. At first the fragrance was weak, you had to be right next to it to catch it at all. Now, starting at about 9:00 at night, the entire front porch and court smells of flower. And the fragrance is just going to get stronger! It's a very sweet scent, I think it's like the smell of treacle dominating the scent of something like mountain laurel. I can't really compare the floral note in the smell to anything, because frankly, it's overwhelmed by the smell of syrup.

Hmm...I may regret my choices in life if it continues to grow and pour out that fragrance. It's pretty rich already! Some people love it, some people have torn it out of their yard because they don't like being abused by cheap perfume. Anyway...

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tenar10r
May. 27th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Jasmine vs. Jessamine ? Same plant, two names?
Your new icon is great! We were able to eat out first home-grown tomato last night as an Anniversary treat. We hope the second one is fully ripe tonight.
spottylogic
May. 27th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Jasmine vs. Jessamine ? Same plant, two names?
Same name, different plants? Jasmine and Jessamine are the same Arabic word at heart. But they seem to be unrelated now, and we're well into the world of common plant names, where most sane botonists throw their hands in the air.

Mmm, home-grown veggies! :)
lhexa
Jun. 1st, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
I approve!
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