(Vegetable harvest this morning)
Vegetables and herbs have their very own wonderfully distinct fragrances don't they!?
One of my favorite things to do while milling about the garden is to pinch off a robust leaf from a nearby tomato plant, crush it in my hand, and breathe deeply of its unique and earthy aroma.
And so it goes with cilantro and basil which penetrates my skin--handy for subsequent whiffs. Snapping a stem of lavender on my pass-by signals an unmistakably dreamy aroma.
My vegetable garden is located in the side yard. From the backyard you are welcome to come through the gate with me to have a look. Can you see the pole beans reaching high on their stakes decidedly above the 4 foot fence line? The oak trees in the background are located in the front-side yard providing shade to the veggies from the intense afternoon sun.
As you approach the vegetable garden, from either the back gate or the front opening at the other end, you will be greeted by the intensely exotic scent of the vine that graces the perimeter on three sides.
Trachelospermum jasminoides Confederate jasmine or star jasmine is lushly evergreen all year long until it flowers... faithfully... every April.
That's when the tiny, creamy white, pinwheel-shaped flowers each containing their own potent, heady scent burst forth in contrast against the deep green leaves. The blooms last about 6-8 weeks with no special attention given before or after.
Those singular pinwheel blossoms when bunched together along the stretch of 60 feet of fence on one side and 30 feet on the gated side become a sweet fragrance wafting through the air that is oh, so inviting and intoxicating at the same time.
The vine was planted many years before the veggie garden. The goal was to cover the (undesirable-look-of) chain linked fence which was erected to give the dog (now in doggie heaven) a place of protection.The jasmine covered fence now serves as protection for the garden from the occasional winds/storms and it keeps away roaming dogs (usually) or other small animals that would otherwise have open access to the tender plants. That's not saying that predators can't find a way in but for the most part it does seem to have helped keep any wandering traffic down.
Peacocks, I realize, have been another story. But now that I have the front opening contained the peacocks haven't been a problem either.
The multitude of tiny white clusters are a magnet for bees, flies, wasps, and butterflies of all kinds. Isn't that handy? It protects and it draws in the beneficial insects that find their way to the veggies as well.
The sweet, clean, and reminiscent of orange blossoms scent of jasmine fills up my senses in the back garden, too. It clambers up one side and climbs over the top of the arbor that bridges the pathway between two of the garden beds. I've purposely kept it off the opposite side which has been home to a variety of other vines over the years. Currently their is a fairly new Queen's Wreath traveling up the opposite side.
While writing this post today, I recollected writing about this last year. In looking back to re-read that post I found it was exactly one year ago to date. Don't you just find that little tidbit most fascinating? Not as fascinating as this wonderfully, vining jasmine... but quite interesting all the same.
Hope you are having a marvelous spring gardening weekend. Meems