Tuesday, November 10, 2009

In The Night Garden

As autumn nears to an end, the night air has acquired a slight chill. But despite that it is a pleasant feeling to take an evening walk amidst the plants; it is rejuvenating, de-stressing and, thanks to these sweet smelling plants – a perfectly natural, low cost, aromatherapy. It is rather unfortunate that the sense of smell cannot be conveyed through the blog post, but hopefully the night time photos will stimulate some olfactory nerves to give an idea of the soulful aroma of Plumeria pervading the night time air. The sensual delight of a perfumed garden – no allusion to the 15th century scripture – inspires me to have more of these aromatic plants like this Hedychium. During day the Nyctanthes or Parijata presents a lonely sight, but it is with the fall of dusk that the flowers bloom and start exuding their soulful aroma. The sweet faint odor of this Jasmine pervades the evening air and depending on the direction of airflow, its intensity and character keeps changing, keeping the senses active yet very…very relaxed. The most psychedelic of the pack has to be the queen. Queen of the night or Cestrum nocturnum has the strongest presence in my garden among all the aromatic plants. Every life is besieged with a thousand worries and a million anxieties but the time spent with children and plants is a catharsis brought about naturally, silently and effectively.

17 comments:

Gary Jen and Ruby said...

I can almost smell them!

What a lovely backdrop to an evening walk - priceless.

maría cecilia said...

Hello Green Thumb, I agree with you, being in nature surrounded by flowers and their perfumes is a delightful experience... and being with my grandson is like heaven.
Cariños
María Cecilia

sweet bay said...

I do wish that fragrances could be conveyed through blogs! I love the fragrance of Hardy Ginger Lily, it's one of my favorites.

Julie said...

That last statement of yours has touched my heart! I think I need more nature time...thankyou, GT!!!

Sujata said...

GT your post evokes a strong urge to take a walk in your garden and inhale deeply!

Sunita said...

Isn't it strange how most of our deeply scented flowers are white?
I love fragrance in my garden. A great bonus for the times I'm not actively looking at the flowers but can still sense them in other beautiful ways.

lotusleaf said...

Such an interesting post. I could almost smell the heady perfumes of the flowers!

Antigonum Cajan said...

Just wrote a while
ago about designing
with the nose in mind.
YOU are the first to write
about fragrance, not
theory, but in your
own garden, that I have
found in my multiple
gardening blog peregrinations.
Congratulations, from
Puerto Rico, USA.

Kiki said...

Beautiful post..and beautiful photos..very enchanting. I love scent in the garden..I especailly love lavender..lemon thyme and russian sage..lilac too..hmm..just too many to name. Wonderful job.

Jim Long said...

I just found your lovely blog and am excited by your delightful postings of plants. I visited northern India (the golden triangle area) in 2000, and was absolutely fascinated by the plants and flowers. I would like to come back again, maybe for the black pepper harvest as I've heard wonderful stories of the aromas and the history of that. Thank you for your love of gardening and sharing it. To see some of my garden, check my blog: http://jimlongsgarden.blogspot.com. I, too, love the fragrances of plants in nature. Jim Long

IndianWildlifeClub said...

Smells make a garden! Thank you for reminding us.

Matron said...

Those late Autumn and Winter flowering plants have the best perfume of all! I suppose they have to work harder to encourage the insects to attend. I particularly love the tropical perfume of hedychium!

Carol said...

It must be magic in your night garden... to walk out in the moonlight and inhale the delicious fragrances... just when the plants desire to release their perfume. Especially your queen! Your photos do stimulate the imagination... I can only recall the finer fragrances from my own gardens ... thank you for that! Your moon shot is enchanting. Lovely. Carol

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Ah my dear, reading about your night scented garden made me wish, very much so, that I was able to sit with you in your garden for a spot of natural aromatherapy. ;-)

It's high time someone invented a scent button for our pc's!

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Nagesh.MVS said...

Such an interesting post. I could almost smell the heady perfumes of the flowers..

Thanks for sharing.
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workhard said...

WOW!!!!! I absolitely love the first pic.. that might be an inspiration for my painting


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