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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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So the lady upstairs in my apartment building is very much into planting plants around the building, and . . . . FULL STOP — I need to make a quick comment on how popular it has become to start sentences with the word “SO”. I hear it all the time on every radio station that I listen to. I’d like to know, to use another modern colloquialism, “what’s up with that” . . . ANYWAY, so one of the plants that this woman has on the apartment grounds is a jasmine plant. Her husband recently explained to me that this plant only blooms at night.

Well, actually the flowers open up after sunset, but they stay opened until maybe 11 am or so; they don’t just swoon as soon as the sun rises. They aren’t THAT poetic!! Thus, I could have taken this shot in decent mid-morning light. But there is something about flowers blooming at night that deserves notice. So here’s a late night shot of my neighbor’s night-blooming jasmine plant, in all its nocturnal glory.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 3:00 pm      

  1. Jim, Your picture is, once again, lovely. I like it much. Night Blooming Jasmine! Four O’clocks do the same thing–bloom after the sun is away from them (something like maybe 4, 5, 6 o’clock, depending on the part of the summer it is) and then bloom until the sun gets at them in the morning; then they close up. (I’ve watched them in the early morning when the sun rises, hits the flower, and it slowly closes.)

    Nice to have a flower that blooms at night; there are so many that bloom only in sun, some in shade. Jasmine must be particularly lovely, making the night air smell beautiful. MCS

    P.S. I’ll have to watch for the “so” in starting sentences; I think you are right. I find myself doing it too often; perhaps that’s where I’m getting it from. Strange how there are “fashions” in how we speak, not only in other things . Was just reading a comic: Some 500 years ago in Shakespeare’s time “forsooth” (sp?) was used a lot. (I’m not sure what it even means.) Now that I think about it (forgive the rambling stream of consciousness here) when people time travel in movies or films they never change the language to fit the time, do they?

    Comment by Mary S. — October 3, 2012 @ 11:07 am

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