“It’s All Jasmine!”

Jasmine blossoms.

Jasmine blossoms.

It is impossible to look upon the Jasmine flowers and remain angry. These small and gentle breaths of light have no room for negative thoughts. And no matter how fierce and heavy the weight of rage, stress or worry, after a few moments in the gaze of such delicate, gentle and soft whispers of light and being, these thoughts dissipate like a whisper that you’re not sure ever was.

Jasmine early morning blossoms.

Jasmine early morning blossoms.

I used to have a friend who always replied in the face of adversity with “It’s all good!”, and I took it to mean even the bad is good. Well today, I rephrase that saying into “It’s all jasmine!”.  No wonder it is a national symbol in the Philippines and Indonesia, and is placed around temples of worship, and also used in religious ceremonies, festivals and rituals. I find it hard to believe the small plants I have can grow up to 9ft. Trying to work with the most natural light as possible when taking photos. with these flowers opening up in the evening  it has been quite a challenge. Getting these shots in the morning was just lucky. Usually I find the flowers fallen and spent come the morning, and I place them in a glass jar with my green tea for a couple of hours, to make a fuller and deeper taste. As they start to wilt I place them to further dry in my other potted plants as a mulch.

Calendula going to seed.

Calendula going to seed.

This calendula flower left to dry on the plant for seeds. resembles a bad hair day, but I like that wild and crazy look. I don’t seem to have enough flowers for the variety of flying insects now showing up to feed on the flowers. Next year I will have to plant a better portion.

Calendula buddies.

Calendula buddies.

Calendula buddies!

Calendula petals

Calendula petals

Eggplant

Eggplant getting fat.

Eggplants coming along nicely. had the first one for lunch today. Oh my gosh! Is that August coming up?

Calendula and Pollinator

Calendula and pollinator

The url:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sDI1AtE5Yk

Watching this pollinator visit the Calendula’s brought a wonderful sense of connection and joy.  Initially I thought this was a bee, but it may be a wasp.  Haven’t seen too many bees,  when they are around I don’t have to worry about pollinating by hand. Here is a link to a visual:  Bug Guide.

It’s the first time I’ve experienced Calendula’s and I find them to be quite active.  They open in the day and close in the evening. I trimmed the green leaves on one  that had bloomed and it responded moments later by quickly closing up. Though the bulk of the seeds had not sprouted due to the poor weather, the few that did still gave a variety of different colors.

Calendula deep yellow and brown center.

Calendula deep yellow and brown center.

Calendula, cream petals and  orange yellow center.

Calendula, cream petals and orange yellow center.

Calendula with marigold.

Calendula with marigold.

The flowers don’t seem to give off any scent, but they are attracting some beneficial insects. When getting up close to them they are like a bunch of mini sun’s lifting the spirit.  Some of it’s medicinal uses are anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, it stimulates the lymphatic system, and stimulates bile.  Topically it’s used for wounds scraps and burns, and even chicken pox, and can be used as a douche for yeast infections. So far I have only placed a few petals in some salad, and find they don’t seem to have any particular taste, but I haven’t made any tea’s with it yet.

It still makes me wonder how on earth I became so alienated from these gifts right under our noses. Somehow they were replaced with pavement and shopping malls, and a ton of new ailments that I now must heal.  So glad to find the path back to the garden.

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