Pale yellow flowering jasmine along the side fence ~ opened its simple, delicate flowers and perfumed the entire back garden this weekend. I left the upstairs bedroom window open on that side of the cottage and I can smell the thousands of tiny blossoms on the stiff breeze blowing through today.
It's really amazing how the garden gets a real jump start after a Spring rain. No matter how often one drags around a plastic hose to soak sleepy roots and shower dusty leaves, it takes a good soaking by Mother Nature to truly get things going......well, at least in my garden it does.
The Endless Summer hydrangeas are budding ~ definitely a welcome sight after the unusually cold Winter in North Carolina. I may not see these fill out and open as I'll be far away in May, however I have a feeling those sparkling blue blossoms will be lighting up the front porch on my return.
Well I'll probably still need to find another source for a box full of juicy figs to make my favorite recipe from John Burton Race's French Leave cook book......Roasted Figs & Walnuts.
BUT ~ do you see it, tucked away between the beautiful palm-shaped leaves? A fig, the first, and the little tree now growing happily in it's third year since planting. We had three trees taken down here in January, perhaps the fig is happier with more sunshine beaming down on it.
.........and as if the perfumed fence in the back garden isn't pleasurable enough, the two white blooming jasmines on the front porch are also sharing their heady fragrance as I walk by. This one on the outer end of the porch took a beating through the Winter and I was certain we had lost it. I cut off all the dead wood and leaves and am thrilled that it seems to be thriving again....perhaps because I talked to it, encouraged it to try harder, because we love to sit on our little porch and breathe in the sweet scent. Talking to one's plants and shrubs is encouraged..........we elderly gardening gals have earned this right, you younger ones can join us if you're brave!!
Do you grow perfumed plants? What are your favorites? And, most important, tell me if you chatter to your plants..............or am I the only strange one!
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR is a fresh version of my former three year blog ACROSS THE POND which can still be accessed by clicking on the title above.
I'm a transplanted Brit enjoying life in North Carolina. 51 years journeying back and forth across the wide Atlantic Ocean have kept me busy.......and made my life very interesting! I'm still traveling and look forward to sharing new places around the world.
All images are my own unless noted otherwise. Please do not use my photos without a request. I enjoy sharing and will usually say OK!
.....click on thumbnails below to travel the world.
CAPE KEKYRNYI, RUSSIA
Kamchatka - July 2013
JAPAN - 2013
...A Time of Whales
Lemaire Channel - 2013
South Shetland Islands 2013
SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND, Southern Ocean
St. Andrews Bay - 2013
South Georgia 2013
FALKLAND ISLANDS - 2013
On the way to Antarctica
ARGENTINA - 2013
VENICE - 2012
THE VENETIAN ISLANDS - 2012
Murano and Burano
Kimberley Region on M/V ORION
South Africa 2012
Mala Mala Game Reserve
Little Makalolo Camp
Dubai, UAE 2012
Cochin - Vaikom Village
Sri Lanka 2012
Hoi An 2011
Chiang Mai 2011
Australia Nov. 2011
Sydney Opera House
Expedition Cruising 2011
My African Safari...May 2010
Remembering Africa - 2010
Lassen National Park, California
Thanks so much for reading along this far........if you've enjoyed my tales and photos and would like to see more, click on the Older Posts button above to take you back...there are awesome countries and exciting adventures. If you love to decorate your personal space, dig and delve in your garden, and turn out tasty morsels from your kitchen..........you're at the right place!