I've already professed my love for jasmine, I know. It was back in March, when the spring jasmine was in bloom, its sweet, soft scent heralding nature's reawakening and warm evenings to come. At the time, I lamented the fact that jasmine season was so fleeting. But last night I was at the mini golf course (I live a life of glamour and luxury) and there it was: a huge, gorgeous wall of summer jasmine.
Yes, there is spring blooming jasmine and summer blooming jasmine. How did I forget? Jasmine Polyanthum is the variety that blooms all over LA in the spring, its tiny, fragile buds mixing with citrus blossoms to impart a dreamy fog over the city at night, but only for a few weeks. Jasmine Officinale (Common Jasmine) is the type that blooms all summer. That's right. All. Summer. Long. A sturdier plant than its cousin, it can withstand the heat of summer and bloom into the fall. It grows beautifully climbing on a wall or trellis, and add up to two feet of growth per summer. I does best in warmer climates, zones 9-10, with full sun, or at least 4 hours a day.
The lovely scent made our post-dinner round of mini golf delightful, and the jasmine made a beautiful hedge, conjuring delusional images of me hosting fabulous croquet parties all summer, with lemonade and fried chicken and tiny pies; my friends and me lounging on the grass and laughing into the night with a magnificent wall of jasmine as the backdrop. Tom Collins would be invited, of course.