Sunday, August 1, 2010

Outdoor scented room

There is one corner of my garden that I call my outdoor scented  room. Each time I walk through this part of the garden, I am greeted with the seductive aroma from two big trees of Michelia champaca, one which gives orange flowers and the other which gives white flowers. I go two steps further to see the Cestrum nocturnum, a night blooming jasmine. Each time I pass through this corner, I can't help but pause for a few minutes and smell these amazing flowers.

 Michelia champaca, orange variety. When I get overnight house guests, I leave a small bowl of flowers in the guest room as an natural air fresher.

Michelia champaca, white variety 

Both these trees are reaching the sky!

Cestrum nocturnum is a night blooming jasmine that is popularly known as Raat ki Rani (queen of the night) in India.

 I have these two night-blooming jasmine bushes right next to my bedroom windows. During summer months, I open the windows every evening to fill my bedroom with the intoxicating fragrance from these flowers before I call it a night.

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including gluten free recipes), please check out my book, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen, at my website

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  1. I see a bit of blue sky.

    Happy Blue Monday, Komali.

  2. Yum...I can smell them here!

  3. Really lovely, I need to try to grow those varieties. I love beautiful smells!