Thursday, 23 October 2008

SkyWatch Friday

SkyWatch Friday;

Stormy clouds are the background for this climber,a Stephanotis with tight buds, is reaching out and up to the sky.

Today, one day later, The sky is blue, the stormy clouds have disappeared and the Stephanotis has opened some of its flowers. The scent is wonderful; Mister Dior or whatever your name is eat your heart out you can't beat this!
Please click on picture for details.

Stephanotis floribunda (Madagascar Jasmine, Waxflower, Hawaiian Wedding Flower) is a flowering climbing plant. Its trumpet shaped blooms are in season year-round, and are a popular component of bridal bouquets. It is vigorous climber, tough stemmed, bearing dark green leathery leaves, which grow in pairs at regular intervals along the vine. Stephanotis floribunda grows best in sunny, tropical conditions, or inside. They can grow from 2-6 meters, and are widely cultivated as garden plants.

The flowers are waxy, star-shaped and highly scented, about 3cm long, in clusters and are produced in summer. Flowers fade to yellow after several days. They are a favourite in weddings, used in bridal bouquets, corsages and decorations. Normally the plant has to be a little old and root bound to start flowering. Once it does, the result is very rewarding. The flowers are long-lasting and sweetly scented.Wikipedia


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30 comments:

Webradio said...

You have always great skies Titiana...

Thank You also for the explain...
Nice photos, yes !

Barbara said...

Die Umschreibungen bzw. die zwei weiteren Namen für Stephanotis floribunda finde ich so schön. Sie lassen diese Pflanze noch spezieller werden, als sie es bereits ist. Mir scheint die Blüten sind grösser als bei der duftenden Jasmin (weiss leider den richtigen botanischen Namen nicht), die wir hier als Zimmerpflanzen halten können und deren Duft im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes umwerfend ist. Ob man die Blüte wohl auch tatsächlich in Hochzeitsträussen findet?
Es liebs Grüessli, Barbara

Sandradb said...

Lovely post and even lovelier flowers - it's always nice to see fresh spring photos :-).
Bye and greetings from cloudy Croatia.
Sandra

Kanak Hagjer said...

Trudi, blooms that look and sound fascinating. Another new plant for me. And so pretty too! I suppose anything to do with 'jasmine' does have a heavenly scent! Loved reading all the details.

vincibene said...

Ich frage mal vorsichtig an, ob ich auch deutsch schreiben kann? Bin mir nicht ganz sicher.
Gerade das zweite Foto finde ich fantastisch, die geöffneten Blüten vor dem blauen Himmel, ich rieche sie bis hierher.

LG
Chris

Roses and stuff said...

I can almost smell the fragarance...such beautiful blooms!
Katarina

Pia K said...

Gorgeous flower! Is it something similar to the porcelain flower?

Pretty Life Online said...

Perfect shot! Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize__ blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, and our own two eyes. All is a miracle!!! Happy sky watch! Hope too see you @ corner too...

Migs CFL fan said...

Very cool shots. thanks for sharing!

Cheers!

http://reginainpictures.blogspot.com

Colin Campbell said...

Lovely shot.

Ivar Ivrig said...

Two great shot for SWF. You did a good job. Thank you for joining SWF this week.

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Delightful photos!! I am intrigued by this post very much! Thank you.
Have an enjoyable weekend!
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat- Canada

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

How wonderful to have this beautiful flower in your own garden! The fragrance is wonderful, tho I admit I don't get to experience it often. Nice SWF shots.

Sharon said...

What a difference a day makes. You can smell those flowers! Thanks for sharing.

Sharon

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I remember my grandmother (a florist) wiring stephanotis and making bride's bouquets but I've never sen it growing. It's stunning!
Happy Sky Watch!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful flowers and what a difference a day makes!

Kay said...

Gosh! I didn't know it was a Hawaiian wedding flower. A lot of people in Hawaii have stephanosis growing on their fences. I just love the smell. I love your SWF photos! Have a great weekend.

Titania said...

Thank you Kanak for your kind comment. Yes there are so many lovely Jasmines. One of my favourite is the Arabian Jasmine (Jasminum sambac.)

Titania said...

Pia I don't know which flower you call the porcelain flower. Perhaps the Hoya?

Steven (Cavite DP) said...

wow! Those are tight buds! I would love to smell those. Our National flower is also jasmine so I am sure that those are fragrant as well!

Happy Skywatch and Mabuhay from the Philippines!

Steven^^

Enigma said...

No matter the weather, they do climb. Thanks for sharing these great shots and the knowledge about the plant!

Louise said...

The photos are lovely. I wish I could smell those flowers!

Titania said...

Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. Where possible I have returned the visit. See you next SWF. Have a nice weekend and enjoy!

Denise said...

Incredible photos Titania. Thanks for stopping by my blog and always leaving such sweet comments. By the same token I am always eager to come over here and see what goodies you have. I am never disappointed. Have a great weekend.

Titania said...

Thank you Denise.

Arija said...

Love your whole garden. I have almost lost my beautiful Hoya this winter, it is in the intensive care
unit at present.
The Stephanotis is a picture, I lost mine last winter.
Great skywatch photos.

Titania said...

Thank you for coming to see my garden. I hope your TLC lets the Hoja recover. We had a fairly cold winter this year. We are up on a hill; no frosts.

fishing guy said...

Titania: What a neat SWF post. I'm sorry I missed it and am coming late.

Titania said...

fishing guy, never mind and thank you for stopping by.

Weddings said...

I really like stephanotis flowers and put them on my wedding bouquet! I just wonder if it's available in the Philippines where I will be getting married.