Monday, December 22, 2008


The vine whose name I can never remember, growing in the living wall of trees and shrubs at the lower boundary of my parents' garden. Sweetly scented and luminously white at night.

Trachelospermum jasminoides, or Confederate jasmine, is native to South Africa. Although it was well-established in its pot already, I attached a few leading stems to the pergola on the Constantia patio a year ago and it has filled in well. The flowers scent our morning breakfasts of coffee and croissants. Above, at 6-something a.m. the bars of the pergola are shading it in stripes
before the sun has risen enough to warrant the awning being extended to shade the hot bricks beneath.

Nicotiana mutabilis, for its changing colours. A new nicotiana for me - I love the plant. Tiny flowers on delicate stems.

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