It has been hot and dry here. I can’t remember the last time it rained and, with the exception of the past few days, the temperature has hit the upper 80s for most of the last few weeks. Consequently, I’m currently loving the few plants in our yard that seem to be thriving despite the weather. At the top of that list: yarrow and Confederate jasmine. In addition to their hardiness, yarrow and Confederate jasmine are both avoided by deer and rabbits. Perfect.
Yarrow comes in all kinds of varieties and colors (all in the Achillea family). The plants grow in poor soil and are happy even if neglected. They also spread fairly easily. When we moved in, we had one very small yellow yarrow plant. Now we have about four.
The leaves are a very pretty greenish gray and the yellow flowers are delicate and flat.
The yellow is so bright that at dusk it almost seems to glow.
The other plant that is thriving despite the weather and my neglect is Confederate Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides). When we lived in Los Angeles, this vine seemed to grow almost like a weed — it was everywhere — and when it was in bloom, it turned city streets into scented oases. Confederate jasmine was in bloom in Southern California when I fell in love with Mark and the scent will always remind me of that incredible giddy joy that new love brings. When we moved here to North Carolina, jasmine was the first thing I planted. I bought two quart-size plants for about $8 each and put them along our backyard fence. They don’t require any extra watering or fertilizing. I pretty much leave them alone. Now, five years later, those tiny plants look like this:
You can see in the photo that the grass by the gate is really struggling, but the jasmine plants are perfectly happy. They’re absolutely covered in white pinwheel blossoms that smell divine.
So for this week’s yard bouquet, I’m celebrating these two workhorse plants. They look a little goofy together in a vase, but I appreciate them nonetheless.