Stepping out the front door this morning, it smelled just like heaven! Right by the front door are a couple of potted Maid of Orleans, Jasminum sambac. Although they have been terribley neglected lately, they have already responded to the thorough watering they got last Saturday (4 days!) This is a tender tropical that most of the country grows as a houseplant or an annual. It's a climber (but has no tendrils or suckers). I think it should be given something to weave it's branches around. Some people down here grow it as a large shrub. Pruning probably keeps it bushier than mine are. One thing for sure, Maid of Orleans will bloom and bloom and bloom - and the aroma is heavenly!
This was the first bloom I saw this morning and the only one I'll post for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. My garden is pretty much like it was in June (only a little more parched and stressed). To see what's blooming all over the world today, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.