The trellis, and its jasmine

One morning last week, I was driving to work, and I saw this white trellis at the curb — in someone’s trash. The history of the trellis at this house is pretty interesting, I think. The unknown neighbor installed the trellis in their front yard, never removed the tag and never planted something to grow up it.

I drove right by this trellis, sitting curbside in some unknown neighbor's trash - and I kicked myself about it all the way to work. But then, without me even mentioning it, Kim decided to repurpose one person's trash into our new treasure. Go Kim!
I drove right by this trellis, sitting curbside in some unknown neighbor's trash - and I kicked myself about it all the way to work. But then, without me even mentioning it, Kim decided to repurpose one person's trash into our new treasure. Go Kim!

Kim even let me decide where to put our new treasure, and what to buy to grow up it. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a rose or a climbing vine. I did some research, and I was leaning toward four candidates: A Peggy Martin rose, a Reve d’Or rose, some kind of Honeysuckle (because I love that song by Austin-based The Gourds), or a jasmine. I wanted a climbing vine that added some scent to the garden, something I think is lacking right now.

So, after picking up my daughter from school on Friday, we headed to Plants for All Seasons, located on SH 249 north of Louetta. There, I couldn’t find either of the roses I wanted, and I didn’t see any Honeysuckle that begged me to take it home, however, I did come across this pink jasmine plant that had one small set of blooms but smelled wonderful.

The greatest selling point was its $8.99 price tag.
The greatest selling point was its $8.99 price tag.

I had a little difficulty getting it out of its pot, however, and broke two large branches on it. I tried taking cuttings of these branches and attempted to get them to root in some left over seed-starting mix I have on the porch, but though I’ve tried to keep them moist, it appears that they’re drying out and wilting. Drat. It was a two-person job but I was too anxious to have anybody help me. Lesson learned.

Regardless, the plant in the ground appears healthy and I’ve secured it to the trellis with some twine.

The new pink jasmine on the new trellis.
The new pink jasmine on the new trellis.

And there’s even some buds on it, so hopefully it will bloom before the weekend’s forcasted rain-a-thon.

Some pink jasmine flowers are forming.
Some pink jasmine flowers are forming.

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