Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - July Edition

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.


healingmagichands said...

If only you could transmit the scent through your blog along with the picture! Glad I stopped by for a moment.

Jean Campbell said...

Can only imagine the fragrance of your jasmine, love the container.

I went back to June, great display. I call your Mex. BOP 'Pride of Barbados' and mine is just starting to bloom well. That purple shrimp is great, I just grow the reddish brown and in winter, the white blooms in the GH, shy of bloom in the garden.

Granny Fran said...

I have often wished I could transmit scent through my blog, especially when I sit near the herbs in the evening, I want to share the whole experience.

Annie in Austin said...

The sambac looks great on the obelisk inside of terracotta, Mary Beth. How long did it take to get to that size? Had one for over a year, and it's only 10" tall and just pops an occasional bloom. Am I doing something wrong or is it a time & maturity thing? Or maybe a terrible summer of 2009 thing!

Happy GBBD!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Sylvana said...

Yes, I would like a sniff too, please!

Mary Beth said...

AUSTIN ANNIE - I don't remember the Maid of Orleans as being a slow grower. I would say by the end of the first season it had woven itself around the oblisk. Every year I cut it back so I can get that pretty fresh stuff.

HEALINGMAGIC HANDS & SYLVANA - When you find a scent application, please send it on to me.

NELLJEAN - Those pots came from mexico - we're only 15 or 20 minutes away. I wish they weren't in such turmoil right now because it keeps me from going over for lunch and a little shopping.

GRANNY FRAN - Even though i have a bench right by the herb beds, I rarely sit there. Thanks for the reminder that flowers are the only botanical that has a lovely aroma.