Saturday, January 28, 2012

Carolina Jessamine

The wild jessamine is blooming a bit early. Gelsemium sempervirens usually fills the treetops with their buttery yellow flowers in mid-February. A warm winter and a bright sunny morning coaxed them out in January this year. Their scent is subtle apricot. In the summer, the smell would be overwhelmed by the jasmine and honeysuckle. But it is perfect this morning after months of smelling only the pollen and dank leaves. Soon, the searing tang of brush fires and thick nectar of the orange groves will carry on the breeze and obliterate any other smell.

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