My gran loved the Brunfelsia calycina. “It’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” she would tell me. That had a nice ring to it and I wanted one too. I loved the monochromatic blooms; purple, lilac and white blooms all on one plant.
But when I actually got the plant, I couldn’t get rid of it fast enough. The flowers smelled offensive and I was overpowered by the scent.
“Does it stink?” I asked Richard. “Can you describe the smell? How strong is it?” I asked the most impossible questions and he was patient enough not to tell me to stuff it. 😀
I scoured the garden centres at Sg Buloh for a plant, but it remained elusive. Two kind forumers in Singapore sensed my desperation and sent me some seeds.
And then I realized that someone down the road had a plant that bloomed profusely. I was convinced it was the BA. All I had to do was to pluck up the courage to ask for a cutting. I agonized over this but a person’s got to do what a person’s got to do … And I was rewarded with a long cutting for my efforts.
Then one day, I finally found the plant at a nursery nearby! I couldn’t believe my eyes and grabbed a couple. Never mind their scrawny shapes. They were BAs and were more than a foot tall!
Its pale yellow flowers are more understated compared to its purple cousin, but it smelled heavenly. I carried the pot to the ledge beneath the window whenever it bloomed so I could smell its sweet perfume .
And today, the Brunfelsia Americana bloomed its head off. Ahhhhh … and the scent just wafted in! 🙂
Care and propagation: full sun; well drained soil; water moderately. Propagate using seeds or cuttings.