Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A confederate star

No, I'm not trying to rouse any long dormant feelings about a tragic event. The plant shown below, which we purchased a few weeks ago, has an unusual name - 'confederate jasmine' (or 'star jasmine') - and I have no idea how it got its 'confederate' label. Apparently it isn't a true jasmine, but it does exude a fine fragrance, which makes it a star on our pool deck.

(70-200mm  f7.1  1/160 sec  ISO200)


32 comments:

Elizabeth Grimes said...

It definitely looks like a star. What a beautiful flower and great photo.

ju-north said...

Beautiful flower and image! We have a yellow jasmine out atm which flowers twice a year

Soraia B. said...

You take photos so beautiful :D

CarreraCaballo said...

I do not care about the reason behind its name, I care about this: ONE AWESOME & SHARP CLOSE UP :-)

Greetz,


Joseph

Leslie said...

Yes. We bought that same plant a few years ago, charmed by it's flower and fragrance. Planted it all along our back fence. And found out that ONE plant is perfect, but TEN plants filled with thousands of blooms in the springtime turn a lovely hint of fragrance into a cloying perfume : (

S. Etole said...

what a pretty sight ...

mariiana capela said...

Woooow, excelent!!

.kat. said...

Hey Rick! It's been so long! I hope
you are well. Your photos are so
lovely, but of course! This one is
no exception. :D

Melissa Jo said...

Such a great shot!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

It is very pretty.

Farmchick said...

A very crisp photo.

Cat said...

Ahhh, this is one of my favorites of the garden. Mine usually blooms around April and I eagerly anticipate the blooms. I also added a night blooming jasmine last year and it actually survived the freezes. Its scent will envelope the entire patio. Can't wait!! Lovely shot, as always!

Avery said...

Lovely!

magda said...

Very beautiful photo and very elegant flower !!!
Greetings

Tammy said...

I love the softness of this image.

Dawn said...

Elegance at its finest.
Love the clear take on this!!!

Bitch said...

I haven't seen your work for a while and missed
a lot!!!
Greetings.

Marty said...

une belle étoile parfumée et si blanche !
j'aime cette fleur délicate et précieuse !
bisous à toi Rick

imac said...

Sweet little thing Rick.

elvira pajarola said...

I certainly love this delicate, white Jasmine....Very beautiful photo!!!!

...I am sure it's perfume is sublime!!

ciao ciao elvira

darlin said...

What a beautiful flower and poolside, now I'm envious! ;-)

Rick said...

Thank you very much, Elizabeth ! We really enjoy its fragrance, as well as the many blooms it puts out.

Thanks, Julia. I hope to add a night blooming jasmine soon.

Thank you, Soraia !

Thanks, Joseph ! (have I told you that I LOVE my 70-200mm lens ? ;-)

Rick said...

I'll keep that in mind, Leslie. We have one in a large container on the pool deck (which I keep trimmed) and another out in a flower bed. So far it's still 'perfume' I smell ;-)

Thank you, Susan.

Obrigado, Mariiana !

Welcome back .kat. ! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a nice comment, and following. Hope to see you again, soon.

Rick said...

Thanks, Melissa !

Thank you Ruth.

Thanks, Farmchick.

Thank you, Cat. I plan on adding a night blooming jasmine too - amazing fragrance !

Rick said...

Thanks, Avery !

Hi Magda - thanks for your visit and kind comment.

Thanks for visiting and following, Tammy, and you nice comment (the 70-200mm lens does a great job on backgrounds).

Thank you Dawn !

Rick said...

Thanks for dropping by, Monika (I've been very busy with company and hope to visit everyone again, soon).

Merci, Marty ! Thank you for your lovely comment - I will be over to visit soon and send you very fragrant bisous in the meantime ;-)

Thank you, Stewart !

Thank you, Elvira. Yes, the fragrance is exquisite, and it blooms profusely !

No need to be jealous, Darlene - just sit back, relax, enjoy the fragrance and imagine yourself with feet dangling in the pool ! ;-)

Katherine said...

Wow Jasmine has the most amazing fragrance... it is one of my favourite creeping vines & I also love the gardenia ... Lovely photo Rick!

Rick said...

Hi Katherine - I agree which is why we went out and got a couple. Thanks for your visit and comment, Katherine - I hope things are going better for you and yours.

Katherine said...

Things are improving on the health front! My father in law is getting better slowly, he still has to have skin graft surgery but all in all he is a darn sight better than he was about 6 weeks ago that's for sure! Hope all is well with you and yours .. cheers Rick & thanks for asking :)

Rick said...

That's good news Katherine. I can't imagine going through all that you, your family, and so many others have. We're doing very well ... and more company coming (incl. granddaughters !).

Katherine said...

Ah that will be lovely Rick .. time with the grandkids! Enjoy!

Rick said...

Thanks Katherine - the fun starts tonight when I pick them up at the airport at midnight ! Have a great week !