This Friday I welcome you with the white blossom of the Crape Jasmine. To see more Blooming Friday posts, please visit our gracious host Katarina at Roses and Stuff.
The Crape Jasmine is also known as the Pinwheel flower. It's a shrub/small tree commonly found in India and can reach heights of six feet. It blooms almost throughout the year. My small plant has been putting on a show since March. The plant belongs to the Oleander family and the flowers are borne in small clusters.
Here's a shot of how a mature shrub looks like. This was taken from a running car on a busy street. Blurry, but you get the idea.
Hibiscus schizopetalus is known by many other names too. Some of them are--Fringed Hibiscus, Japanese Lantern, Coral Hibiscus and Skeleton Hibiscus.
This fallen bloom was snapped on the edge of my sister's garden. The ones on the plant, for some reason, did not photograph well.
Found this Striped Albatross butterfly feeding on the tiny white blooms of a kind of basil. The ID of this basil is yet to be established:)
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau