Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summerscent - A Thai "Jasmine Tree" is a new addition to Anya's Garden Perfumes

Ruffled, delicate Summerscent blooms

Do you love the fragrance of blooming michelia or ylang ylang flowers?  Then you'll love this pretty flowering plant, sometimes called Summerscent or dwarf tree jasmie.  Radermachera kunming is a rare plant, not often found in garden centers.  It starts blooming when only 1 - 2' tall, and mine little plant in a pot is full of blooms and buds.  The sweet scent, and at least now, with it's first big summer flush of flowers, doesn't smell like jasmine.  It's much more like the piercing sweet floral fruity scent of michelia or ylang ylang flowers. It has large cluster of buds ready to open when the current flowers fade.  I'm going to start picking the flowers for enfleurage today.

Summerscent is loaded with juicy buds ready to follow in a fragrant succession of blooms
Seeing that it's native to Thailand, it is a tropical plant, and you either need to live in a tropical or subtropical area to grow it outside, or have a greenhouse. I read some reports on davesgarden.com about the plant, and you can follow up there if you wish to investigate it further.  I'll report back on my enfleurage experiment.  If I get enough flowers, I'll also try tincturing them. Oh, an extract of the flowers is made in Thailand for relaxation and for supposed aphrodisiac purposes. 

7 comments:

  1. What a beautiful flower!It looks so tempting to for the nose. I wish I could smell it.

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  2. Ask around, Sophia, perhaps you can get one in SA.

    xoxo,
    Anya

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  3. Where did you get it Anya?

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  4. Hi Brian:

    My landscaper, Bob, got it for me months ago, and as you may know, he died unexpectedly in April. I have no idea where he got it! I did some research and found it can root from cuttings or air layering, so after I repot it, I'll try to make some for you.

    xoxo,
    Anya

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  5. Oooh Jasmine tree, how exciting!! Love it :)

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  6. Ylang-ylang sounds even more exciting.. I'd love to smell your perfume when it's completed! Will you have enough for me to sell decants of it?

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  7. Hi Scenterelle:

    It will have to go through a lot of testing, and I still have months of harvest first. I won't be selling the enfleurage or extract, since it's so rare. You can try to grow it yourself, I always encourage that.

    Warm wishes,
    Anya

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