Tuesday, May 3, 2011

White beauties

The jasmine flower may not be very attractive, but it is one of the most popular garden plants here. Small with a potent scent, the flowers are commonly used for religious offerings and garlands. I have one in my patio and I'm always intoxicated by the lovely fragrance.

I have more than one variety of jasmine in my garden. The water jasmine is often used as a bonsai, and the fragrant white flowers usually grow in a cluster. My friend has a large plant in her garden, it is a joy to sit there and breathe in all that lovely scent.

The other variety in my garden is the wrightia antidysenterica which produces white flowers that are larger and stiffer. The flowers are scentless but more attractive than the other two.