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The 30 Day Challenge – Day 10

Today I am grateful for the scent and perfume of flowers and plants. I marvel at the range of smells that I enjoy as I walk through the garden at all times of day. Walking past the rose bed I smell the sweet fragrance of Alyssum, also much-loved by the bees, the delicate smell of my roses, the Frangipani tree that fills the spring evenings with its oriental notes and the strong aroma the lovely Star Jasmine delights us with during balmy summer evenings.

I love the hint of citrus I get as I water the Lemon and Lime, the smell of Lavender on an early morning walk, and the incredible range of smells that permeates the air around the herb planter, including basil and mint and a strong curry flavour. For these and the myriad of other perfumes I smell at any hour, I am grateful.

Jasminum polyanthum

Photo: Jasminum polyanthum – a gorgeous, fast growing creeper I recently covered two trellises with in the rose bed. It has a strong jasmine scent which I love and I love how quickly it started climbing up the trellises after planting.

Jasminum Polyanthum: In late winter and early spring, this Jasmine is covered in bunches of white flowers, which open from pink-tinted buds. Jasminum polyanthum is an evergreen vigorous climber that looks good throughout the year. Tt can reach over 3m (10ft) tall.

About the 30 Day Challenge

Cat of The Whimsical Gardener, has invited Garden Bloggers the world over to join her in the 30 day challenge of posting a photograph and sentiment that you are thankful for – every day for 30 days. Find something you are thankful for every day, for 30 days, can’t be too difficult, can it? See all Barbie and my posts filed under “30 Day Challenge“.

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Chameleon plant update

Chameleon plantsA couple of people have asked me recently how my new “Chameleon” plants that I wrote about here are getting on. So I’ve taken a few photographs and here is an update.

Firstly, they weren’t kidding when they said these grow slowly. They have hardly grown at all but appear to have adjusted very happily to their new home.  I’m assuming this of course, only because they haven’t died on me! Actually, they are looking very pretty and have started to sprout some new growth in the last three weeks. As you can see from the photographs – they have lovely white and pink leaves in and amongst the green. It looks very pretty and provides a lovely contrast against all the green ground cover foliage in that bed.

I really love these plants and am expecting them to be really beautiful as they “grow up”. (Their “sister” plants, the standard Trachelospermum Jasminoides, i.e. Star Jasmine, also took a while to settle down after they were first planted, before they started to show any new growth, so it seems these are behaving much as I expected them to).

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Happy Gardening

Notes on Trachelospermum Jasminoides “Chameleon” (from RHS): Rare Pink and White Variegation; Unique new evergreen Trachelospermum with bright green, white and pink leaves. Makes an unusual ground cover, or stunning, compact climber. Produces masses of fragrant white flowers in the summer, doing best in semi-shade to shade.