as I walk along the grounds,
every thing seems still and asleep in the 16 degree weather.
Yet just around the corner, the Italian Jasmine that I dug up , brought with me from town, and transplanted, when we moved out here so many years ago, is starting to awaken
and to show off it's cheery yellow blossoms. I look forward to this at every start of the new year.
This is such a hearty and strong plant for my area of Texas. Cuttings can be placed in the ground and in a short time, a hedge of this beautiful flower is growing. It is the one plant that can withstand the hostile heat and high winds from the Texas prairie.
The common name of this plant is Winter Jasmine
Species, Hybrids, Cultivars: J. mesnyi- primrose jasmine;
evergreen vine with long, arching branches; lemon yellow flowers,
late January- April
Did you know
Of the 200 species of jasmines known, only about 15 are grown in gardens?
The white jasmine was introduced to England from India by Vasco da Gama in the sixteenth century.It was particularly cherished for it's scent and was often used in perfumes. The Chinese name for this plant is yeh-hsi-ming, which is probably from the Persian name ysmis, meaning "white flower".
An Italian legend says that the first person to grow jasmine in Italy was the Duke Cosimo de Medici. The Duke was very proud of this plant and jealously forbade even a leaf of it to leave his garden.
One of his young gardeners disobeyed this order and presented his fiancee with a branch of this beautiful plant. Together they planted this branch and were able to raise many more plants from it. These they sold at a very high price, making a tidy sum to start their lives with. Sine that time, Italian brides have worn a sprig of this jasmine on their wedding day as a token of good luck.
In the Victorian language of flowers, white jasmine means amiability.
Winter jasmine was introduced from China by English botanist Robert Fortune in 1844.
Thank you .......Robert!!
It is the emblem of grace and elegance.
Do you have a certain kind of jasmine growing in your area?
I would love to hear!