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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics LLC Boutique, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

{White Indian Jasmine the Queen of Flowers}


After some much needed rain, the white Indian Jasmine is looking very happy!


Blossoms of this variety look like mini-orchids... They bloom but one day and fall off, hence the frilly parts you're looking at. To the right is a bud that yet has to open up.
Our most romantic experience ever, is that of a dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia on December 27 of 1986. They had not only the most delicious pepper-steak (steak au poivre) we had in our life but the setting was SO ROMANTIC! On the pink damask tablecloth they had Arabian Jasmine buds strewn around. Together with the candle lights, that was so special. One of those cherished moments of the heavenly scent of those highly fragrant buds... delicious dinner and both of us very much being in LOVE - as always! An experience to never forget; one of those golden moments in life. It was at the end of our work period in Indonesia for that time. Great before flying home again on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines... You feel like you fed your body and soul. That is the mystic of the Orient.
No wonder that the Jasmine is one of Indonesia's national flowers...


This is the corner, near the entrance to our Rose Suite, where all the different Jasmine varieties are during summer, inside their planters. We need to move them into the greenhouse by November/December, depending on the weather forecast.


This is a view to the other side, the walk way goes to the driveway.
The jasmines are inside nice rose-planters:


Now you turned around the corner where the private entrance to the Rose Suite is.
This is a special apartment for our guests.
You see the red rose spinner hanging from the live oak tree?


This 304 grade stainless steel red rose wind spinner is 11" tall (28 cm).
It hangs in front of the entrance to the Rose Suite.
In the back you see our gazebo.


When we arrived for the very first time in South India for our work with Pond's India, we were greeted with a special Jasmine garland. That was a heavenly experience, with such highly fragrant flowers. Just click here for some very interesting info about Jasmines.


Above you see a Hindu marriage ritual. The son of our dear friends got married and the bride and groom each wore such a garland of Jasmine flowers... The meaning of the Jasmine flower is Grace and Elegance!
Both of us feel rich for having witnessed this. It really does lift up your spirits, from the day-to-day routine.
In Persian language Jasmine means: Gift from God

8 comments:

  1. What a special and delicate flower. I enjoyed reading about your "jasmine experience" in Indonesia and India. And it must be wonderful to have such pretty jasmine varieties in your own garden.

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  2. Liebe Mariette,
    endlich komme ich dazu, mich für Deine lieben Kommentare und fürs "Folgen" zu bedanken! Zur Zeit habe ich viel mit meiner alten Mutter zu tun und abends gehe ich jetzt auch wieder zur Schule. Dann wird es immer ziemlich spät, bis ich zuhause bin.

    Mit Englisch habe ich leider gewisse Schwierigkeiten (da ich es seit Jahren kaum brauche) und müßte zu lange überlegen. Deshalb habe ich das Übersetzungstool verwendet und schreibe Dir mal auf Deutsch, da Du mir auch deutsch geschrieben hast.

    Das finde ich ja toll, Du hast selbst einen Waldgarten angelegt? Das ist ja wahnsinnig viel Arbeit! Wir fanden unseren Waldgarten so vor, wie er ist. Er wurde von unseren Vorgängern angepflanzt.
    Ich hatte aber früher schon andere Gärten, in denen ich auch viel selbst gepflanzt, gerodet und gestaltet habe. Wenn Deine Eltern schon Gärtner waren, kommst Du ja sozusagen vom Fach. Dann ist bestimmt vieles leichter.

    Der Jasmin sieht übrigens herrlich aus! Er gehört sicherlich zur Sorte der Echten Jasmine, von denen der bei uns Gelb blüht. Während der Strauch, der hier allgemein "Jasmin" genannt wird, ja eigentlich Pfeifenstrauch (Philadelphus coronarius) heißt.

    Grüne Tomaten kenne ich übrigens bisher nur im Relish - aber sehr lecker! Und den Film habe ich zwar nicht gesehen, jedoch das Buch gelesen. Hat mir gut gefallen.

    Und jetzt schaue ich mich noch ein wenig in Deinem Blog um.

    Liebe Grüße und gute Nacht
    Sara

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  3. Liebe Mariette,

    vor ein paar Jahren habe ein einen "Zufallsjasmin" bekommen. Ein kleiner Trieb mit einer Blüte und drei Blättern. Etwas zerknautscht, leicht angetrocknet und wenig schön. Aber noch lebend.

    Den habe ich dennoch ins Wasser gestellt. Nach ungefähr 5-6 Monaten (die Blüte war längst abgefallen und zwei der drei Blätter auch) hat sich die erste kleine Wurzel gezeigt. Dann hat es noch einmal gut einen Monat gedauert und es waren genug Wurzeln vorhanden, um das Trieblein in die Erde zu setzen. Inzwischen ist der kleine Zweig zu einem 50cm-Busch mit drei kräftigen Auslegern geworden. Vielleicht schenkt er mir ja irgendwann eine neue Blüte?!

    Ganz liebe Grüße und beso

    VINTAGE

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  4. Hi Mariette... Your Jasmine looks beautiful... It is one of my favorite flowers yet does not grow well for me. There is nothing like a summer night scented by jasmine! What wonderful travels you have been on!
    Bella

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  5. Hallo Mariette,
    erst einmal vielen Dank für Deine sehr lieben Kommentare auf meinem Blog.
    Du bist aber ganz schön weit herum gekommen,
    sogar eine echte Hindu-Hochzeit hast Du schon mit gemacht wow.
    Du hast schon Recht Jasmin ist eine wunderschöne Blume, der Duft ist sehr betörend, nur leider nicht winterhart und deshalb habe ich auf dem Balkon so meine Schwierigkeit.

    Danke für die Interessanten Einblcke.
    Ganz liebe Grüße
    Beate

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  6. Sweet flowers ~ and I love the rose adorned pots!!

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  7. Hoi Mariette,

    Wat een mooie post! Ik heb helaas geen jasmijn in de tuin staan, maar wie weet. Misschien in de toekomst! Je potten staan er prachtig bij. Ik vond het ook erg leuk om te lezen waar jullie allemaal zijn geweest. Jullie hebben heel wat van de wereld gezien!

    Fijne dag!

    Lieve groet, Madelief

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  8. Dear Mariette!!!!

    WHAT a lovely post!!! Beautiful and romantic!!!! I love it when one has special memories like that!!! To me, Jasmine means South of France - so nothing as exotic as your memories!!!! :)

    ALso got one large plant in the garden, but is is not performed well this year...oh well!!!!

    Thank you ever so much for your kind and sweet comments! I am more behind than ever with my commenting and posting! Crumbs is so SO lovely but also a lot of happy work! She is such a cuddle-bug and needs a lot of ````...with what MIke calls 'Happy Hour' twice a day - hyperactive, deaf and naughty....that's terriers for you :")! But we are busy training and will soon be able to go to puppy classes and on walks - that will make a huge difference!!! Sorry - we talk about NOTHING but puppies at the moment...:).....Better stop :)!

    Lots of greetings from this tiny village in Suffolk.... (where the eather is lousy...NOT like summer at all....)..


    Love


    Nicolax

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