Right now our garden smells heavenly. It's full of the heady scent of Jasmine, which always reminds me of our trip to Seville many years ago. There it was useful to smell the Jasmine, as otherwise the other smell of the streets were mostly from the horse drawn carriages if you get my drift. And Jasmine was a far better smell to have as a holiday memory!
I seem to be able to grow Jasmine, which is lucky really as there's plenty of it in the garden. There's at least eight parts of the garden that has some Jasmine - you'll remember that we recently put up some trellis to help the Jasmine and the rhubarb.
So as it's at its peak I thought it'd be nice to share some photos from around the garden with you.
The pictures above and below are just outside our conservatory and I've been growing it along the top of the fence to give some privacy from our neighbours. I thought I'd lost this one over winter, but it seems I was very wrong!
If you've got Jasmine, it's very easy to propagate. You simply place part of the stem under soil - in a pot is easiest - and wait for it to root. Once it's rooted, you can cut it from the main plant, in much the same way that you'd separate the strawberry runners from the parent plant. It is that simple and probably takes more patience than skill, but it's an easy way to multiply your Jasmine stock.
I did that for the one I have growing outside the conservatory, and twisted its length up a cane to get it six foot in the air.
You can see it's quite happy in the garden, and the Jasmine that was suffocating the rhubarb has really settled into its new home.
Even when the Jasmine flowers drop they're still pretty, these ones are attempting to prettify my box ball, which is need of a good trim - a job for later today I think!
I'm not sure if I'm more tuned into white flowers right now because of the Jasmine, but suddenly I was spotting more white flowers around the garden.
Even now, as I'm sitting here in the garden writing this post I can smell hints of Jasmine, it's gorgeous. But tell me, did you smell the Jasmine as you scrolled through the pictures?