Osmanthus Fragrans, Sweet Olive

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 05-10-2013

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Osmanthus Fragrans, commonly known as Sweet Olive, is an evergreen shrub or small tree. Osmanthus Fragrans naturally grows up to 30 feet tall, but will remain in a smaller shrub size if grown in a container. This is one of the most amazing scented plants I grow. I enjoy it even more so than varieties of Privet or Lilac as Osmanthus Fragrans flowers last for months at a time, they are less allergenic and heavily blooms at a different time of the year than many of the plants I grow. The Osmanthus Fragrans flowers smell like a combination of perfectly ripe mouth watering peaches, apricots and vanilla. Just amazingly mouth watering and sweet.

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Gelsemium Sempervirens, Carolina Yellow Jasmine, Yellow Jessamine

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 14-03-2012

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Gelsemium Sempervirens, also commonly known Carolina Yellow Jasmine, is a viny false Jasmine with wonderfully beautiful and fragrant yellow flowers. Many people call Gelsemium Sempervirens a Yellow Jasmine because of it’s Jasmine shaped and fragrant flowers. Gelsemium Sempervirens is frost tolerant and has lasted outside the entire Winter season here in California, which got down to 28°F this year. As the Spring comes in, Gelsemium Sempervirens blooms are just starting to open. A couple of the vines have stretched out to nearly 10 feet, so I hang them over the fence. Gelsemium Sempervirens can grow pretty big, Gelsemium Sempervirens likes full sun, and will completely grow over and cover any trellis, fence, or climbing structure. Regular pruning is needed to keep Gelsemium Sempervirens looking nice and to prevent it from over growing once it fills in it’s habitat.

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Mimosa, Silk Tree, Albizia Julibrissin

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 16-07-2011

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Introduction

Albizia Julibrissin is probably better known as a Mimosa tree or Persian Silk Tree. Mimosa is a beautiful fern-like tree with fragrant 2 inch pink pompom type flowers that produce seed pods in the winter months. Mimosa trees can reach 30 to 40 feet tall. The smell brings back many childhood memories, it’s a summer blooming tree – in the heavy heat and sun – about May through September.





Jasminum Polyanthum

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 16-03-2011

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Description

Jasminum Polyanthum is among my favorite Jasmine! It is an evergreen twining vine that can reach more than 25ft tall. In areas like San Francisco it can bloom through out the year, Spring and Summer in most other areas. Covered in pink-white flowers that you can smell from a distance, the mouth watering fragrance is very enticing. The flowers are in fact edible! This is one of the easiest plants to maintain with occasional pruning. It may become invasive, it’s best grown in pots or containers.

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Jasminum Officinale, Poet’s Jasmine

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 18-02-2011

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Jasminum Officinale is the original Jasmine.  There are over 230 varieties of Jasmine plants, so technically when someone says “Jasmine”, this is probably what they should be referring to in my opinion unless they specify a variation of this plant (such as Jasminum Polyanthum, Jasminum Sambac “Maid of Orleans”, Star Jasmine/Trachelospermum Jasminoides, etc).

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