Happy October everyone!
My tuberose is blooming. I'm so happy! If I can only grow 1 plant this has to be the one!
I'm also waiting for my Michelia alba's bud to open. Probably sometime this week. I cannot wait to smell its scent again. : )
kemistry, Don't you love the fragrance, it's fragrance is so strong sometimes in night. Here are my pics from past week.
Yay! Someone started an October thread for us! :)
I wish I could sniff everyone's tuberoses. Laugh.
I see you have a red plumeria blooming in the background. Do you know its name and how is the scent?
Robert, the plumeria is 'kauka wilder',it has the fragrance of strong hawai suntan lotion
Awesome! Thanks for the close up! I've heard it has an awesome scent. :)
Kemistry knows how much of a plumie freak I've become this year. Laugh.
Ooh well, you guys really tempt me into Plumeria.
Kemistry, Kindhi, very nice flowers. I feel I can smell the fragrance already.
I am happy to report that I just planted mine, both single and double , last week. Boy, I am so glad that once in my life that I don't have to look at yours and get my heart itches any more...All I need to do is wait.
I have a question for you... Since it is still in fall, I remembered that I was told to plant them in spring time. Should I just leave the bulb in the pot dry or should I water them and put them out in the sun to activate them into growth mood? Right now, I kind of let them to make decision on their own.
Olympia, I always planted the bulbs in spring not fall so I am not sure if I can guide you correctly on this one.
Hmmm! I am on cloud nine thinking about how those tuberoses must smell :) I somehow have not had any luck with those beauties..I planted several in ground (they are hardy here) but each time there was enough foliage, critters would eat them up- they are critter magnets! I have had opossums, armadillos, racoons, rats possibly and probably other critters that have invaded my flower beds :(
Even hired a pro to trap and release them far away, but no luck. We live in the burbs, but close to a nature preserve and lake, so I guess those critters are having a party in my yard!
Maybe I should plant them in pots, and try my luck. Do you folks keep them indoors?
Almost blooming in October! Laugh.
Don't you just hate the wait?
Brunfelsia 'Isola'. Will it smell like cloves like B. nitida? Or will it have an awesome perfume scent with clove undertones like B. gigantea and B. lactea? Who knows?
Let's hope I don't have to wait long. :)
I'll post a separate thread when it finally blooms and let everyone know my thoughts.
Hi, kindhi. It's OK. it either grows or not grow. may not flower next year. no big deal, I can wait.
Robert, I remembered that lady " Lactea " is not your favorite. I try to pick up a most fragrant "Lady..." next year. When your lady " Isola" blooms , would you please share comments on the scent of all the Ladies you have tried...
This is not Oct. new bloom.It has been blooming since Sept.
Brunfelsia blooming fully with intoxicating fragrance. Other members in family do not like the fragrance. Would like to exchange this plant for any other thai or vietnamese variety multiple petal jasmine plant. I do have granduke and gd supreme already, looking for plant that rose posted on this forum..
Gorgeous! Which one of the Brunsfelsia is this one? If you want my double jasmine (MM I believe)in exchange, you can have it. Not sure why my phone is acting up..did you get pictures of my MM plant in bud stage? If not, I will email them to you again.
Malini, I sent you an email
I love how the scent of Brunfelsia floats in the air. But tuberose.. it just blows all the other scents away at night time. Lol. Even during the daytime it still smells nice. : )
Thanks for sharing your pictures everyone! : )
Okay everyone.. my Michelia Alba bud finally opens...and wow doesn't she smell nice! :o)
And Robert.. yes what I found this morning! (Totally didn't expect it! : )
Yay! Dang it, Kemistry! You're really tempting us with your M. alba, aren't ya! ;)
Awesome to see a flower bud on your Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi'! Let's hope it doesn't abort.
I've got some fat buds on my B. 'New Orleans Lady' however one has already fallen off so I'm not going to get too excited until I actually see and sniff one! I wonder if they really do smell like fresh cut lemons? :)
I know my leaves look terrible. The critters had a feast on them this year. Laugh.
If everything goes well, this will be my first Brug's bloom. I cannot wait! : )
My gardenia Frostproof is blooming again. I love the scent of gardenia. So fragrant especially at night. I wanna add more gardenia next year! Lol.
Gorgeous gardenia bloom, Kemistry!
Look what I found blooming in the poorly lit basement...probably my last California Sunset Plumeria bloom for the season. :)
It smells like peaches. Love it!
Kemistry and Robert, Both your Gardenia and Plumeria are gorgeous! I like the look and adore the fragrance. But I just have too brown thumbs to grow them... not sure about Plumeria for I have never grown it, but gardenia can't survive beyond 6 months under my care... every single one of them died. I can only look and smell someone else's. I wish you two lived next door to me.
I am so jealous of Kemistry's beautiful, elegant looking, not mention its amazing fragrant, M. alba. I proud announce "baby is on the way, delivery date is sometime in the spring" ...meanwhile the wallet is getting flatter...
It would be fun to live next to fellow fragrant nuts however I'm afraid it would only fuel our sickness. Laugh.
Kemistry is terrible at tempting us with additional plants.
I probably will break down and get a M. alba next spring.
Not getting it now since they're evergreen and I've no room inside over the winter!
My Osmanthus fragrans 'Fudingzhu' from Almost Eden is at it again. I think this is the third round of blooms for me? And here I was afraid it wouldn't bloom this year. :)
Robert, it is so funny, I can't help but laughing it aloud. On the opposite, I think all the nuts should live nearby and establish a self satisfied Fragrant United Nations.
Your Osmanthus really is a bloomer. It looks have more flowers than last time it bloomed. With many plants done bloom this year, this Osmanthus must be a very welcome addition to the house fragrant.
I have nothing blooming in October :-((((((( I'm so jealous of you all! Only my stupid ruellia and clematis and they don't smell...I keep hanging over my osmanthus fragrans every day in vain search of buds, maybe it thinks I'm breathing on it's neck and it just won't bloom..
Wow guys and gals!
You are all enablers..lol
What is the proper name of the Tuberose? Is it a perennial or annual?
It looks heavenly, all of ya.
Now, I need to look and see if I have any October bloomers.
By the way, does anyone have any fragrant Orchids blooming? It is that time of the year. I'll post you one of mine soon:-)
By the way, it was here that got me started on Michelia Alba..lol Now, I NEED to find myself an Orange bloomin grafted one which I am discovering is impossible. All you seed is seeds and seedlings on e-bay, and I can't figure out why?
As for my Sweet Olive, I can't under stand why mine don't like to bloom so profusley compared to all my other plants. I think I shall have to threaten mine. Many say they like full sun, and then I have heard they like partial sun. Not sure on this one. So I have one in each, and still very little flowering.
Fenius, don't worry, the flowers will come.
Have a great day you all. By the way, it was 27 yesterday morning and now it's alomst 70. Time to drag out all my plants again. My Brunfelsia hated it indoors! Thank God I can leave it outside again to open up all its buds.
Mike, if you got near 70s, enjoy it as much as you can... you know what is coming shortly after! The weather in Chicago is warm this past weekend... in the morning when I step out the door, I didn't feel the chill... I got few of my trees mulched in 2" of threaded paper and pine barks. Still a lot more need to do but it kept raining. It was very windy, had tornado warning at certain time of the day.
I was hoping my Peach-blossom Oleanda to bloom for me. it booped. My sweet Olive has flowers here and there but is not in the full bloom season yet. I remember it usually bloom in winter/spring time. My French perfume jasmine and MOO are both blooming. MOO does not bloom as big as it was in the summer. My twisted jasmine has flowers buds developing, looks like it plan to bloom for me around Thanksgiving. That would be a nice treat. Several fragrant orchids are loaded with flower buds... "Sharry Baby" is a must to have... It gives out such sweet, pleasant flower that I can never have enough of it. Next is the Twinkle, both colors. I adore the way it blooms more than its scent...abundant of tiny little flowers, remind me the shapes of rice flower stock. Many of my Catt. have various number of buds and I don't know how long it takes them to bloom. But, I am in no hurry, They can bloom whenever they want. When they bloom, I enjoy their large ,beautiful flowers and fragrance; if they don't bloom, I enjoy watching them multiply...
BTW, Did any of you experienced the " X-ray treatment form GW? The ad of a female hold up a X-ray covers 3/4 of entire webpage... covers your posting and others' without going away? I hope GW isn't doing this intentionally. This really sucks!
Here is few of mine everybody! I finally got a moment to take pics. I don't know the name of all of them, but you will probably recognize them:-)
This orchid is one of the MOST fragrant ones I have ever smelled!
Another orchid..Siame Jade
A couple of extra. I can tell you it's very fragrant these days:-)
Have a great day. I'll be back. gotta run.
Ohhh, Olympia...I'll be back. I wish I time to respond and I will. you make me laugh..lol I needed that.
OMG, Mike, I can't image what your yard smells like... I am tempted to book a ticket to flight over to your back yard, MG, All these fragrant, beautiful bloom!!. Look at that M. Alba. I am going to have one in spring...Do you kept them in GH or still outside?
I have a very unhappy plant. It is not happy that it has been moved inside. Here is what is un-blooming in October:
Hi mike great pics, I might have found my first osmsnthus bud today!!!! (w. the microscope but still!)
The first orchid could be some kind of dendrochilum??
Oooohhh Olympia, you are so sweet...Thank you. Yes, it smells heavenly back there and my neighbors actually come to visit all teh time.lol
I can only imagine what your yard must be like too, and even your home! From what I have seen, you have a few choice beauties!
Oh the PAIN, right? Not just for your babies but for us!
My Brunfelsia started to cry every night and didn't want to give me flowers until he saw the sun outside again today.
Your plant is still cute though.
I counted 19 flowers and 15 buds on my Michelia..lol
All of them went into the greenhouse except my other Brunfelsia. He hated it in my room uspstairs.
You are right about Cattlaya..lol. They do what they want and by the way, that x-ray thing zapped me.
70's today and everything I have went right back outside, I lost several calories do that. I am too skinny now.
Fenius! I know exactly what you mean about your Osmanthus...lol The flowers are cheap and so in teh fragrance on mine. I too need a good pair of reading glasses to see the buds on mine.
Robert has one loaded with blooms, lucky him! It's beautiful..
Took a couple pictures around the house/yard.
I think my Oxalis lobata has a tiny scent.
Oncidium Sherry Baby
Gardenia Kleims Hardy
My Eucharis has a scant 2 spikes now...
Cestrum diurnum opening today.
My Baccharis pilularis is open and actually I think smells great. It's a little pollen-y for my wife.
The Brunfelsia lactea is open and makes the whole house smell nice.
Came back from vacation and found my Osmanthus in full bloom! It's the strongest scent I've gotten from it so far. Wish it always smelled so strong but it is in the eighties today. :)
Work blocks me from seeing Photobucket pics so I'll have to wait until I get home to see Mike's blooms!
Oh my,oh my,nankeen, you got all my favorite flowers!. It really makes me wanting to move to somewhere warm. Don't you love the fragrance of "Sharry Baby"?
Looking at your Cestrum diurnum, I think my night bloom jasmine has bunch of flower buds on the branches again. It is so cold recently, I thought it was done for the year. I actually forgot about this plant when I counting who is blooming. Sorry, am getting old... I love that Eucharis, beautiful white, I bet it really smell nice.
Mike, what is the name of the orchid that flowers look like fox tails... the first picture?
you are soo lucky , you got 70s already. It looks like we might get that high on Wed. But weathermen can always change their numbers between now and then tax free... As they often do, I don't count on it till I actually get it. If Wed. is indeed going to be in 70s, not only my plant is released from indoor confinement, but also, I will bring out grill/ smoker...get some German beer... continue the Oct. festival.
Oh, well , I guess I am not that special...we got equal opportunity from GW....LOL Maybe, we indeed need to be zapped by X-ray to see how much damaged this warm and cold cycle does to us....
Ooohhhh, I am with Olympia on that one..lol Nankeen..I have two 'Sharry Babies' and still nothing! But wait, wait until you see another one I have that smells even stronger than a 'Sharry Baby'...Now, if I can think of the name of that one.
Robert...O.M.G!!! You must of been excited once you got bad. I'll bet you never expected that? You know, maybe I should take a vacation and maybe mine will miss me to welcome me back with 'open flowers'...;-)
Olympia....Lolololhahahahah..We need more people like you around..lol You crap me up. Oct. festival.lol. I'll bet you love barbecue..Listen, are we all invited?
Yes, I actually got a call from one of my Citrus trees thanking me for a nice day playing outside today with all his buddies. It's 6:47 pm and it is still 74 degrees here.
I wish I was home to smell the fragrants in my yard as the sun sets and watch the light come on surrounding my pond. Oh, I miss sitting out there on warm nights.
Have you or anyone ever heard of a perennial called ' sweet wooddrift? Oh my, it's the best thing you could plant in your yard. Look for it and if you don't find any, I'll set you a small patch of it.
Robert......How old is your Osmanthus? What do you have it planted in? Plastic, clay, and how about the mix? Great job.
Nankeen...........How in the world did you get your Euchairis to bloom????????? I use to have one and I threw it out. I got so tired of waiting. How old is it? Do you feed it? What cultural needs to you supply it. Simply goergous!
You know, there is always someone that has me beat in the 'Fragrance' catergory.....lol
Great blooms guys!I had never heard of baccharis pilularis..How does it smell??
Olympia I think Mike's fox tail orchid might be Dendrochilum cobbianum but I'm not sure. I also think my osmanthus bud is definitely there ..I'll finally post a fragrant picture before the end of the month!!!
The Oncidium I've had for more than 10 years and I've gotten tired of up-potting it. It always puts out 10+ spikes about now, but this year only 4 or 5 so far. I've been contemplating selling it to make room for something new and exciting rather than buying an even larger pot for it...
The Eucharis I've had for 10+ years as well and has bloomed at least once per year since it was 2 or 3. I posted several photos of it in the thread below along with a bunch of growing information. 2 spikes, however, I consider a failure for this plant and I'll be looking for more in November or December.
The Baccharis is a strange plant. I went to college in Santa Cruz, CA, where all of the Oak savannahs are filled with this shrub. The leaves are fragrant in warm weather and the flowers are also fragrant. The leaves have a very distinct scent that a good friend of mine who also is a Californian always says, 'Smells like California'. Not very sweet, but earthy and rich. To describe the flowers, I'll just say that I thought that a couple of flowers were still open on the Trachelospermum because a very light jasmine scent wafted past me when I turned the corner, but upon further inspection there were none. It's not strong, but it is gentle and sweet. If you're ever near the Bay area, walk out into a field somewhere and smell the bush: that's what California smells like.
Below is a photo of a Protea repens alba that opened a few days ago. It's not fragrant, but nobody's perfect.
Here is a link that might be useful: Eucharis thread with pictures
Tonight my Brugmansia 'New Orleans Lady' finally bloomed as well! So far the scent is not as great as 'Charles Grimaldi' but the night is still young. :)
She is gorgeous to look at (course the spotted cucumber beetles started eating the blooms even before they opened).
I love the scents around the bay. I wonder if I ever sniffed the Baccharis in bloom and just didn't know it?
Sorry, Mike. Didn't see your additional questions until just now. I got my Osmanthus mid August of this year from Almost Eden. It's growing in a clay pot in the 5:1:1 mix and gets full sun until about 3pm. I've read they're sensitive to over fertilizing so you might stick to fish emulsion and/or seaweed. I'm sure others will chime in. :)
surely, you are all invited. I have enough beers and brats for everyone here. Mike, it looks like mother nature favors New England-er than Mid westerners. We are only going to get high 60s tomorrow. The number might go down again tomorrow...
I have read sweet wood drift and see picture of it. I know it is fragrant. But how do you describe its scent?
OMG, Robert, your "New Orleans Lady" is jazzing all night away! I love its long and swirl petals. It is so shiny like made of porcelain. Ooh , about that Osmanthus of yours, You are so luck that you only have it for three months yet it bloomed for you twice already. I am soo jealous and tempted... I guess you two got chemistry right.
Fenius, I think you are right on Mike's fox tail orchid. I googled it. I think Mike's look better than the pictures on internet. It looks like magnum. I put it on my wish list.
Nankeen, Thankyou so much for the link of other Eucharis thread. I just planted my amazon lily bulb a week or so ago. I was instructed to bury it up to its neck. I might have been given the wrong instruction ( one instruction fits all!). And my pot is way too small for not to disturb its root for few years... I am so glad you pointed me to the right direction, otherwise, I might have to wait another 7 year to see it blooms. I am going to dig it up, since it has not grow full set of roots yet and repot it tonight to a much large pot... more work tonight. might miss the debate... Who care the debate anyway....
I got a cutting from new orleans brug in the summer (nothing new there I guess- like always you post smth I'm after or recently got..!) and I think it has grown roots but the leaves it started growing are really curly and distorted.. Does it have some kind of disease or it is normal for this cultivar??
She is a beauty...at least her blooms are...her leaves not so much as fenius pointed out!
Her scent was much better the second night. Very similar to Charles Grimaldi IMO however a little higher, sharper, slightly harsher note.
She's now becoming more peachy in color.
I noticed that too about her leaves. I worried if it was a virus (hopefully not the tobacco mosaic virus!).
This is my first year growing it so I really don't know if this is normal for this cultivar or if most clones have the same disease?
You might post pics on the brug forum and see what they have to say (I know I'd be interested!). :)
Hi, all, please help me to identify if this night bloom jasmine is ready to bloom again or to grow a lot of leaves. I forgot what the leave buds and the flower buds looked like. Dumb me. I have a pair of scissors ready to reshape it, but don't want to cut off the flower buds if these are the flower buds...
OG- Those are buds! Congrats! : )
Great photos everyone! Thanks for sharing. :)
I'm agreeing with Kemistry. Buds! Yay!
Last night I made dinner and had my partner's mother over. I made her smell the cestrum before she got in her car (after having had her smell the Osmanthus, Brunfelsia and Brugmansia...of course!). She was most impressed with the Cestrum and said it smelled incredible and asked if perfume was made from it. :)
kemistry, Robert, My night bloom jasmine thank you for rescuing her from being cut off her best show in the year. Her mom almost convicted a high crime of murdering unborn flowers.
Good girl, she is loaded! I can't believe under such cold temperature , she still puts off so many flower buds. Don't remember what I fed her for "dinner" though, hope it is not because of stress... Nevertheless, It is great to have second bloom... I hope it can last till Thanksgiving. Thank you guys for the help.
I wish my cestrum blooms would last until thanksgiving, I am sure they won't but it is blooming it's fool head off right now the whole backyard is fragrant, I still have yellow plumeria in bloom, my Fairy trumptet 4 o'clocks are sort of blooming, the Brunsfelsia Americana is still blooming, the Aloysia virgata (Sweet almond) is still blooming and I am waiting on the osmanthus,hopefully soon.
No wonder your backyard is fragrant! Sounds like you've got tons of fragrant beauties. :)
I bought seeds for Fairy trumpets (Mirabilis longiflora) but never planted them. Maybe next year?
What are your thoughts on its scent?
Oooh, leahrenee1,I wish I had this many flowers still in bloom. You guys in CA just get more love from your plants. I am jealous.
But at least one of my plants still love me... I must be content.
Robert! I have never owned a Cestrun. Are you saying it is worth buying one?
I have been pertrified of mites attacking it. I hear it is a mite magnet. Is that true? Do you bring it in the winter and put in amoungst your other plants? I love the thought of having one of those.
Your Mom must of fell in love with it:-)
By the way, I can't believe the flowers you have lately. Amazing Robert!
Leah, I can smell your yard from here..Nice!
Olympia...I tried to reach you last night. I have something for you and wanted to ship it.
Thanks for the identification of my 'fox tail' guys! I really appreciate that. I have fallen in love with this one. It almost smells sort of spicy with vanilla mixed in with a twist of something I can not identify, but amazing. It's hard to decribe this one since I never smelled anything like it. My mother begged me to bring it into the house for a few days, so I did.
I keep my fragrants spread out, but ALL my orchids in the greenhouse. I mist in there everyday to keep in the warmth and humidity. Boy, does it feel cold outside upon leaving the greenhouse!
Robert, your Brug is to die for! How are you enjoying the smell now?
How will you over winter that one. I accidentally left mine in the ground last fall and teh freeze killed it. I was so upset. Beautiful!
Hi, Mike. My iphone battery is dead. I wait for our IT department to replace it for me. Meanwhile I try to use Moto. droid but have trouble to import my address book. So I have two dysfunctional phones. In fact , I just discovered that I left my droid home and brought iphone with me without simcard... Too many phone can be a problem too. I will have a very quiet day today.
I can send you cuttings of Cestrun if you like its scent... Pretty strong, Fruity cherry+ bubble gum flavor...a bit of artificial scent. Many people dislike it, or can't tolerant its scent. It grows very fast and very easy to grow , this is a plus foe me. I have never had mites problem on mine. Although, I don't have big mites problem in general... knock wood... mites are everywhere...
I agree with OG that Cestrum nocturnum is a very polarizing scent. You'll either love it or hate it. :)
I've also had no problems with mites.
Before our first frost I'll dig it up, pot it up and cut it back and shove it down in the basement until spring. It's a very tough plant. Cuttings will root in water so it's easy to propagate as well.
My New Orleans Lady brug is in a pot so hopefully I'll have room for it down in the basement...knock on wood. ;)
Her scent has gotten better. Last night I was detecting some vanilla hints? Fortunately Charles Grimaldi had some open blooms as well so I could compare them. Charles has a deeper note to my nose.
Hey , happy Thursday and it's a whopping 65 degrees today and my plants are loving it!
Especially my Brunfelsia...He is sitting on top of the roof in the warm sun and gets a view of teh city while I sit here and work....
I pay the bills and work my buns off, while my plants get to sit outside and sun bathe...?
Something is wrong with that picture.lol
Now, as for the plants I love about yours Robert! I am in heaven about what you share. I LOVE everyone one of them. I remember when I first met you and you were just getting into Brunfelsia...Now, wow.
Do you put your plants in the basement in dark corners and keep dry, or provide windows?
Does the 'Cestrium' smell anthing like Jasmine? They are the only plants I can't stand the smell of.
Olympia....I e-mailed you and I do have your address. I would like to send you one of my 'Fox tails' and my Mom is making you handmade slippers....
i will be sending a package next week to you...
You are a doll here and we all love you for that!
You are too kind but I want to remind everyone that I only post my successes and not my failures (if you saw a full pic of my New Orleans Lady brug you'd cringe at its pitiful leaves. Laugh).
Brunfelsia 'Isola' will be squeezed around the kitchen sink. My big B. gigantea will hopefully winter over at my partner's mother's home since she has a sunroom that can house it. I have very little sunny windows. :(
And I don't think Cestrum smells anything like jasmines. The first time I smelled it some kine of medical floor cleaner came to mind. It doesn't smell like any other flower. Best to enjoy it outside and not inside (IMO).
Robert, Would you share your secret of "cut it back and shove it down in the basement until spring"? I have a full basement and I love to shove as many plants down there as possible... It was the cat's basement... but the cat thinks there is a mouse or boogeyman sort in the basement, he absolutely refuses to go down there alone... we have to escort him down the basement to eat his food . Now he sleeps in our bed... sits in our chair, no,our lap... luckily, doesn't eat our food... well,not yet...
Mike , How is your parents doing? Is your dad getting better? Your mom is so sweet... Now I know where/ who you learnt from. Please thank her for me for she's been so kind and thoughtful ... and I thank you too for your kindness and generosity.
Mike, There is nothing wrong with that picture. Your plants enjoy their life and we work harder, and harder... That is what we do for someone or something we love , don't we? Your plants only sit on the rooftop, lucky you. When I get home, my cat sits on top of me and demands to be massaged...And you haven't heard him complain yet... at least plants do not complain.... What did I do to deserve that!? Oh, well, I rescued the cat from wild , Now he is the king of the house. What else do we want but to love our pets and plants, kids, and watching them grow healthy and happy...?
The cestrum, like Robert said, is no where close to Jasmine's fragrant... totally from different worlds. Cestrum fragrant has artificial, food, fruity scent. I agree with Robert, it is better put it outside than inside for the scent is so strong.
I will check my e-mail tonight. I just got a bag of mushroom spawn and I need to go to library to check out some books on how to grow mushrooms with recycled coffee ground and shredded papers.
Found this little gem blooming for me when I got home (had to turn the pot around to spot it). Smells awesome! Passiflora x belotii.
Chuck (aka Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi') is blooming his head off. The arbor smells wonderful. Sucks that brugs can't take our extreme heat which seems to be the Oklahoma norm for the summer but they sure do shine in the spring and fall! :)
Cool flowers Robert! I can finally post in this thread too!
It's pathetic compared to the other posts I know, but still..
When I discovered it a few days ago:
Yay! You got some! My osmanthus didn't have many blooms the first time either however it's progressively opened more and more blooms on each flush (it's had 3 so far). Woo hoo!
We're having awesome warm weather until Thursday night. I decided to do what most of us do to extend the season and bring almost everything up from the basement to enjoy the last few rays of sun before winter comes. My Plumeria 'California Sunset' has grown huge and keeps branching at the tips! I don't know what I'll do next winter. I'll either have to bring it into the garage through the garage door or cut it back. Of course I'm enjoying sniffing the blooms I'm still getting. :)
Hopefully my 'Phet Pachara' plumie will bloom soon. I'll report on it if it does.
Congrats on your blooms fenius! :)
Robert that plumeria looks so healthy! And wow it looks dwarfed too. How tall is it? Later, you can trim and root and have more plumeria babies! Lol.
This morning I find 2 more tiny buds developing on the brug Charles Grimaldi. Yay.
California Sunset is now around 30" tall and a little over 3' wide! You can see the issues I'll be having trying to get this sucker through doorways. So yes, compact grower vertically speaking however it gets super wide. :)
But I suppose you're right...I can try my hand at rooting cuttings if it gets too wide.
So glad your Chuck bloom is still going strong and you've got some back ups!
My Baby Doll brug has some tiny buds. Hope they have enough time to develop before it gets too cold (and hope they don't fall off before blooming!).
Betty Marshall has tons of blooms that are about to open. The backyard will smell wonderful when it happens! :)
Sorry. I meant 'Golden Lady' brug and not 'Baby Doll'. I have too many plants! Laugh.
Brugmansia 'Betty Marshall' about to explode! She has gotten huge! Maybe I'll have to split her into three pieces to get her down into the basement come winter? :)
Betty has hundreds of blooms! Well I don't know if it's hundreds but she's blooming her head off! I've been sticking my nose into bloom after bloom. :)
Brugs are so showy lol. I cant image what the scent is like with all those blooms going at once. Pretty! : )
Kemistry...I must say...What a BEAUTIFUL plant every time I open this thread. You have some of the most amazing plants buddy! I want one...lol
Robert!!! Ok, ok, ok! Where or how do I get my hands on one of those? Any idea's? Are they easy to propogate? you must do that and sell a couple once rooted. I would be one of your first customers. If I were to grow a Brug, it would be that one. You know I am jealous, right?
When you put her in the basement, how will you winter her? Under lights? In the dark on the dry side? Do all the leaves fall off and it goes into a dormant state? I love it Robert. Great job and it is huge!
Robert, what does the Passiflora smell like? It's a beauty and a surprise, I'll say.
Robert, some time you will have to post a failuer ugly looking plant for me so I won't think you are my hero here anymore. The same goes for Kemistry..Laughing out load:-0)
Olympia..Awww, thank you for asking as well as everyone else here. The white blood count is better which is good news. I hope their wrong and he gets better. Mom says hello to you and thinks you are a Doll, She can't believe that I can come across so many kind and caring people here. She was never a computer person but says that poeple that care for their plants the way they do here shows something about their character. I believe that:-)
My cat lays on his back and wants his tummy rubbed all teh time. If I don't, then he will drop one of my plants! Now, there is something wrong with that picture then.lol
Fenius, looking good. I'll bet you are excited:-)
Wow, Robert, That is a Huge Brug.!!! It definatelt tests the strength of your back when you move it inside. But It is so pretty in full bloom.
Mike, white blood count increase is a good sign. I think he will be getting better. Can you believe how much technology has changed our lives? Both my parents are surfing... they each got a leptop so they don't have to fight ...They can put together a better PPS presentation with pictures and music etc..than I can... Unbelievable.
You got a very smart cat who knows how to push the buttons and get what he wanted... way to go , kitty!
Thank you, Mike and OG!
Brugs in the ground do grow huge of course the trade off is they often don't bloom until late summer/fall as opposed to brugs in pots that will be more apt to bloom earlier.
Brugs are a housewife's dream. You just stick 'em in water and they root. No rocket science required. :)
If you've never grown one I would suggest Charles Grimaldi to start with. It's very fragrant and is my fav for fragrance. Dr. Seuss is another highly fragrant brug.
Of course brugs are also the spotted cucumber beetles favorite dish. Figures. They love to eat holes in the blooms which spoils the beauty. I'm constantly picking and squishing the little devils from the blooms. :(
Winter storage is easy. No light required but you can grow them under lights if you've the room.
I cut them back and keep them on the dry side though I do occasionally water once or twice a month.
Hey, Mike! Hey, Everyone!
Lovely photos... with a good enough imagination, one can almost breathe in and catch a tiny hint of the various blooms represented!
I believe Tuberose, or Polianthus, is more of a rhizome, producing small bulblets every year. It's actually related to Agave or Aloe, which is interesting as it behaves more like an Amaryllid. P. tuberosa is one of the most commonly grown varieties, though there a couple of others in commercial production. I haven't had the opportunity to try this plant yet, but I hear the fragrance is outstanding, and the plant easy enough to grow, as long as it's kept from colder temperatures. Being a northerner, I'd grow it in a container and winter it indoors, much like I do with Hippeastrum bulbs.
The most fragrant flowers I grow are out in the various garden beds... lilacs, peonies, hyacinths and other bulbs... and roses, lots of roses - all types, colors, sizes and scents.
Lilacs - spring of 2012.
Hyacinth in assorted colors, growing in front of rose, Cecile Brunner.
A Buck rose, the variety name escapes me, but the fragrance is to die for! Think rose scent with fruity notes. Yummy!
Wonderful Orchids, Mike! Nice plants in all the pictures people posted! Thanks for sharing!
well in my part of the world (Saudi Arabia) my Gardenia is ready so am I ;-)
Oh Jodik, they are beautiful! I love the outdoor fragrant flowers as much as the inside ones. In fact, MOST of my outdoor plants are fragrant!
It is a pleasant surprise to see you pop by here and thank you for such beautiful pics. I am sure everyone here might even have a few of these plants you like.
By the way, I have never smelles different roses like the ones you groww. Beautiful.
Khourshed, how are you over there in that part of the world? I had no idea you coudl grow such beautiful gardenia there, and then of course, the weather is nice and warm, right?
Do you ever get humid days? Do your gardenia ever get affected by teh very dry weather you get? I'll bet it does just fine all yearlong without added humidity. How about spider mites? Is is lovely!
I can see all the buds just teaming together.
Robert, I did not realize they could grow so easy until I met you. I had one that grew about 8 feet one summer, then let it go because I would of had no room in my home for it. I am so bummed out about that. I was about to flower too:-(
Your plants are amazing. The flowers so white and I wish I could whiff them. I have never smelled any of these before.3
I was a Logee's one winter where they had some in bloom, but no fragrance which I found odd. It was a huge disappointment.
Thanks for the advice, suggestions, ideas and pics!
Getting ready for the Godilla of a storm today.
All pots have to be either anchored down or brought in.
I have a question, not to get you started onto another type of plant..lol Have you ever tried growing Moss?
Yup, I thought I would never like anything but fragrant, but boy can Moss add a rich color to the garden, humidity, color to pots, and greenhouses:-)
I shall have to show you a pic someday of teh Moss I harvested if you are ever interested.
Olympia! Thank you for you kind words of encouragement! You are a gem around these forums:-)
Mike, you would be very surprised at the differences in scent between the various roses. Some have a very heavy old rose fragrance, while others smell a bit like lemon mixed with rose, or citrus and rose. Some are very lightly scented, and some smell rather like the bouquets of tea roses we normally think of. Others have a scent of roses with a light clove undertone... the scents are so varied!
Some are so cloyingly sweet that they can actually be overpowering. And then there are roses that have no scent, at all. Some are known more for their shape or color than their fragrance.
Another plant I like to grow for scent is perennial Dianthus. The clove scent is heady! Peonies have a lovely fragrance, and in spring I love the fruit trees in bloom! I also like to grow an assortment of bulbs, such as Tulips. And most Lilies are wonderfully scented! And I like to use Lavender here and there throughout the gardens for its shape, color, and it's strong fragrance.
Of all the various Hippeastrum bulbs I grow, only one has a scent, believe it or not. H. "Jewel" is a semi-double white flower with a light Lily kind of fragrance.
Once my rose gardens flush for the first time in spring, any light breeze will bring the wonderful fragrance of roses wafting around the gardens and yard. It's wonderful!
Once, I had a Hoya bloom for me in the most delicious fragrance!
I do love scented flowers! I also grow a few herbs and mints for their scented leaves. It's nice to view beautiful plants and flowers, but the addition of scent makes the garden complete!
Brugmansias (Angel Trumpets) are only fragrant at dusk, night and early in the morning. Too bad you can't visit Logee's at night!
Are you trying to get us addicted to moss now? Laugh.
I'm sure it does look great growing in your potted plants.
Please do share some pics with us!
I hope you're okay after Sandy's wrath!
My Phet Pachara Plumeria finally opened!
Here's a pic of it the day it was starting to open.
And here's a pic today when it is fully opened. So far the scent is a light coconut scent but the humidity is low and the temperatures and sun light levels are low and it's been growing underneath fluorescent lights at night so I'm cutting it some slack. ;)
I'm hoping the scent will get stronger. If not I'll wait until next summer!
Nice , Robert. I love the color, beautiful. How big usually a plumeria plant grows ?
There are dwarf and compact plumerias however they tend to grow wide, not tall which presents its own challenges (like trying to get them through a doorway!).
Some grow straight up and can get really tall (they are trees after all).
You said you got a Dwarf Singapore. Is it a Dwarf Singapore White or Pink?
Where did you get yours from?
Robert, I have no idea they are trees... I only thought it is nice they drop all the leaves so I can just forget about it in the basement in winter time.
I wanted to order a Devine which Laura recommended, but when I at Hirts, they has dwarf Singapore, so Singapore as is. Don't know it is white or pink. My impression is all white, Is there pink one too?
I am kind surprised to see the surgical scare on it... Is it a halloween joke of Frankenstein plumeria?...
According to Hirt's site it is Singapore White (Plumeria obtusa) which is evergreen (doesn't drop its leaves). The good news is this species is quite fragrant as opposed to the Dwarf Singapore Pink which is not so fragrant. :)
They can get quite large in the ground but it will probably remain fairly compact in a pot.
I did notice the ugly graft region. Hopefully the grafted portion will become less noticeable later in life.
Here is a link that might be useful: Hirt's White Singapore Plumeria
Awwww, thanks Robert for all you do and your concern. I really appreciate that buddy.
I had no idea that the only smell at certain times. I was there in the early am when I smelled theirs.
Oh man, I would love to spend a night in Logee's on the floor in a sleeping bag.lol
I will post a couple pics of moss tomorrow once the sun is out all day. Thanks. I am telling you, I never looked at moss the same again until I saw it near a pond and in pots!
Hello Olympia! Look for mail real soon. I wanted to send you a package today, but the Post Office had no electricity!
Robert! I didn't know you were getting into plumeria! I lOVE that plumeria and the smell sounds devine! Oh, I had over a dozen at one time and now I have just about none. Those plants require a lot of patience, love, time, bug sprays, sun, and heat. My hats off to you :-)
Jodik...OH what I would do to smell hundreds of roses in bloom at once! It all sounds so paradisiac there and then all those animals! Would you like me to baby sit soon, without all the work though? I'll feed the plants and animals and then smell the roses...
It's the real sweet and deep fragrant ones I like and then anything that smell like coconut..lol
I love the muted coolrs, usually whites, yellows, pale colors but I have never cared for the red roses.
That one you posted looks so beautiful.
Now, is there such a thing as a good ole rose that has a very strong fragrance and that is very hardy from the cold and pests that grows well?
all these rose bushes sold locally that say "Hardy' is such a joke.
Well we made it through the storm everyone with a bunch of damage, but we are ok.:-)
I didn't actually take pictures this October of the Osmanthus, but this picture from a few years ago shows thunbergii, aurantiacus and 'Fudingzhu' This year has been so dry and the humidity has even been lower so the fragrance has not been as outstanding as usual. However, the orange and yellow flowered bloomed in October. Fudingzhu is already on its 5th bloom cycle.
OMG, smilacina, you got exactly what I dreamed of!! multi grafted all in one tree. Where did you buy your tree? I want to get one right way...Thank for posting it so I know such treasure exist.
This bloomed last night , just in time for being counted in as Oct. bloom.
The Osmanthus at that time were in pots and I jammed the pots together to get the three colors in one picture. I just wish the yellow and orange flowered ones bloomed as much as the Fudingzhu. I like the idea about grafting the varieties together.
Which osmanthus do you think has the best scent?
Beautiful! Do you know the name of that brugmansia?
How was the scent?