But the perfume doesn’t come from our wrightia religiosa, jasminum sambac, hedychium coronarium or brunfelsia americana. What then?
It could only be our neighbour’s ylang-ylang. They had planted this at the edge of the garden so the scent wafts over into our space. O joy!
The neighbour’s plant is festooned with drooping greenish-yellow blooms year round. So we’re blessed with the exotic scent of a spa whenever there is the slightest breeze.
I can’t understand it. How can something which smells so sweet a few feet away smell so overpowering at close range .. almost vile, in fact.
Despite this, I bought a small plant for myself. After all, it only cost the equivalent of USD1. Quite a steal, I thought.
It sits under the living room window and I’m hoping that its gorgeous perfume would waft indoors one day. I only need to remind myself not to stick my nose too closely to its blooms.
Care and propagation: partial to full sun, well-drained soil, water moderately. Propagate using cuttings or seeds