Over the years, especially after I started blogging, I have added quite a few plants with flowers that are fragrant. Now’s the turn of the Rangoon Creeper/ Quisqualis indica to put on a show and spread its heady fragrance in my small garden. Oh, how I love to walk about my yard in the evenings. The few fruit trees that I have are laden with fruit. Lizards, frogs,birds, and other delightful winged creatures make the most of what they find in the daytime. But it’s too hot now to be outside with the temps soaring to relentless heights. But in the evenings, when a light breeze blows carrying with it the hint of more rain, it’s a pleasure to be outside.A bit of information on this plant. The Rangoon Creeper is a woody climber that blooms profusely during the summer months. When the buds appear, they are pinkish. The blooms are off-white. Gradually they turn pink and then a vibrant shade of dark pink. It does well in sunny spots and most gardens have them because they are very easy to grow. There is an white variety of this shrub but I have seen them in Delhi but not in our region. The plant needs to be pruned from time to time to keep its growth in check. I pruned mine last year. My little round patch near the front door has been cleared of petunias and nasturtiums. A few gerbera daisies bloom and I’ve planted portulaca. I use a lot of spider plants and spider plant look-alikes. When there are no flowers, foliage helps. I was delighted to see a frog on the small mussaenda plant on one of my nightly strolls.
One of my basil plants is blooming now. I got the seeds because I liked the colour of the blooms but the leaves are too pungent for my liking. It helps in bringing those tiny bees and wasps to my garden, again and again.
After mentioning the fruits that I have, and not including a photo wouldn’t have been right. Here’s an image of the summer berries, rain-drenched and waiting to be relished!