I'm a sucker for pretty bouquets that are perfumed even if the plant in mention is less than popular in much of this country. Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum
) has got itself on the NZ naughty plant list for being a runaway, a tenacious rambunctious thug of a climbing vine that is very difficult to kill off.
This looks terribly chic and charming when draped across a stone English cottage, or tendrilling politely from a thatched roof. Alas, our mild climate allows it to grow at double-speed with no checks. It definitely is not cute when smothering our native bush.
I snatched these flowers from the roadside where the jasmine had become part of a farm fenceline. It had miles of empty fenceline to go before reaching any structures, buildings, or other plants. I still think this is a challenge that the jasmine vine is well able to meet!
For all that, the small white and palest pink-blushed flowers throw a delicious sweet, old-fashioned perfume all through the house. Love it!
- By the bedside.