We shared our garden before (Sustainable Gardening in LA), and now we would like to share photos of some white flowers in our yard.
Grandma planted this sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima, annual) as a ground cover. Here’s how it looked in 2009.
Burgundy plum (Prunus salicina, Zones 5–8) flower
Almond (Prunus dulcis, Zones 7–9) flowers
We planted this coffee (Coffea, Zones 10–11) plant in December 2019, and it gave us flowers in July 2022. Beautiful aroma! Now we are waiting for the bean to ripen to make our first cup of coffee!
The flower buds of Chinese chives (Allium tuberosum, Zones 3–9) make a great dish.
An Epiphyllum (Zones 10–11 or as a houseplant) flower lasts only one night, but it has a strong, pleasant smell. Vietnamese traditionally like to drink tea and sing or compose poems while watching the flowers open.
This epiphyllum has smaller petals but a similar fragrance to the one above.
Sometimes we had as many as 12 flowers open in one night.
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I enjoyed looking at all the photos but especially the epiphyllum. And I really liked reading your text and noticing how you appreciate fragrance.
Yes! I appreciate epi fragrance greatly!
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Oh how interesting to learn about the epiphyllum, and how "flower lasts only one night, but it has a strong, pleasant smell. Vietnamese traditionally like to drink tea and sing or compose poems while watching the flowers open." --such a poetic way to live life! I'm saving your photo with that information!
It's used to be a big deal to have epi flowers in Vietnam long time ago. I don't know about now but back in 1980's, my whole town came to my friend's house to see epi open. Many people waited midnight to see it.
Love the alyssum.
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