Saturday, May 30, 2009

"Grand Duke Jasmine"

We went out to the RV this morning to put some things away for our trip next week and were discussing how much damage still exists from hurricane IKE. Mosquitoes in record numbers, most of the plants dead, broken or dying from the wind, salt spray and now the dry conditions, junk still under the house, fence gone, siding loose or broken...yes, we had the "poor me's" again.
As we walked up the driveway from the motorhome to the front yard, we noticed a unique but familiar fragrance in the air. As we rounded the corner we noticed our "Grand Duke Jasmine" was in full bloom once again and has filled the air with it's grand fragrance. Tattered and torn from Hurricane Ike, it lives on to bring yet another moment of joy to our doorstep. I wish this were a "scratch and sniff" BLOG site.

We never knew the name of this plant but have had one since our wedding in 1974 everywhere we have lived. I posted on a forum page of the UBC Botanical Garden Web Site and posted on their forum page which is excellent. The Canadians come thru once again... eh.


Here are a few more photos taken today from our yard.


A Single Gladiolus (MH parked backwards)



Rose of Sharon "Althaea"

Orange Lilly

Cladiums

Thank you God for providing
beauty for our eyes,
fragrance for our noses
and peace in our hearts this day.

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