The Jasmine Project: Parts of a Larger Whole

I am pleased to report that the garden appears to be recovering from last month’s parching, showing that you can’t keep a good garden down. I am trying to be better about remembering to water before everything starts gasping for water. It’s been overcast, but still dry, the last few days, so it’s hard to remind myself that yes, the garden needs water even though it wasn’t really that warm.

For this month’s installment of the jasmine project, I decided to go for closeups of the plants. They are still growing apace and there has been some progress since last month, but I figure it’s kind of boring to look at the same shots over and over again, and neat stuff is happening on the up close and personal level. Uh, also, everything is kind of overgrown right now and as a result it’s hard to get a clear shot of any one plant without peach or maple or whatever getting all up in the way. Which is what I wanted, so I’m not complaining.

From south to north:

A closeup of the top of my fence, showing a jasmine vine. Several tendrils are projecting several feet out into space, looking for something to climb.

The southernmost plant is, as you can see, too big for its britches. It’s seeking in vain for something else to trellis on!

A closeup of a cluster of jasmine buds. One of the buds has burst into bloom.

Flowers growing on the plant under the peach tree. It is really taking off!

A side view of my fence, showing jasmine trellising briskly up, with tendrils waving at the top. Many plants are crowding the edge of the frame.

This is what I mean about plants ‘getting all up in the way.’ I like my garden overgrown and a bit chaotic, although evidently some other people disagree. Vying for attention in this photo, clockwise from top left: walnut, peach, tower of jewels, fuchsia, Japanese maple.

A jasmine tendril with tiny flower buds, sprawling over the top of my fence and looking hidden amongst the branches of a walnut tree.

Spot the jasmine! It’s there, I swear.

Fun fact: Walnuts produce a natural herbicide to keep the ground around their bases clear. Fortunately, the jasmine plant to the north doesn’t seem to mind being overshadowed by the walnut tree.