My 90-year-old father has lovely flowers in his garden although he didn’t plant them himself, and he doesn’t really tend them. They just grow and bloom, and we enjoy them.
His Carolina Jasmine is one of my favorites. Also known as Carolina Jessamine, it technically is considered to be a native wildflower. The fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers bloom in early Spring on a twining, evergreen vine. Carolina Jessamine is the state flower of South Carolina, where my dad was born.
“What a desolate place would be a world without a flower! It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome. Are not flowers the stars of the earth, and are not our stars the flowers of the heaven?”