Thirteen years ago I brought a sambac jasmine (also known as Arabian jasmine) back from Tuscany. I was there to write a book about a wonderful nursery called Venzano near Volterra. Sadly the nursery is no longer there, its monastery buildings now converted into luxury apartments, but I still have several plants, including the jasmine, that I brought back with me as reminders of a wonderful place. The jasmine is a tender plant and needs winter protection, but it is worth the effort for the incredibly heady fragrance of the flowers. Unfortunately this year its flowering has coincided with the arrival of cool weather so we won’t have the experience of sitting outdoors in the evening and enjoying its exotic scent. Like the rest of us, it clearly enjoyed the extended hot weather because it has never before flowered so profusely.
One for the Diary
Sat 19.04.2014 - Sat 19.04.2014
Plant exhibition and sale @ Woottens Plants, Blackheath, Wenhaston, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9HD
The late and much lamented plantsmen, Michael Loftus, built a collection of over 400 varieties of auriculas over 12 years and his team at Woottens... read more...
Tue 29.04.2014 - Tue 29.04.2014
Plant Fair @ Nettlestead Place, Nettlestead, Kent ME18 5HA
29th April 10am-3pm Event Category: Open Garden & Plant Fair Description: Gardening for Disabled Trust gives grants to help individuals continue gardening despite disability. Its... read more...
Fri 02.05.2014 - Sat 03.05.2014
Herb Farm Open Days @ Jekka’s Herb Farm, Rose Cottage, Shellards Lane, Alveston, South Glos. BS35 3SY
Dates: 2nd-3rd May, 30th-31st May, 27th-28th June, 13th July (NGS), 25th-26th July, 3rd August (NGS) read more...