Carolina Jasmine in full bloom.

If you look at the Carolina Jasmine growing on this trellis you might think it is late summer, until you notice that the surrounding trees aren’t even budding yet. Although you can see a blooming Oriental Pear tree in the background.

You might forget that trellises are for walking through. Look hard at this Carolina Jasmine and remember what you see now when you’re at the nursery and pick up a little starter in a little container. Since it is not even officially spring yet, and the Hibiscus growing next to it is in danger of choking, this vine is about to be dramatically cut back.

But, just another little reminder, that Hibiscus that looks like a tree, also started out as a small starter that we thought would be a pretty little bush at the corner of the garden, but now casts shadow on my asparagus…

Kiwi Blossom

We have had these kiwi vines growing for six years now. Mr. Mims constructed the trellis especially for them, after reading on the tag (a father’s day gift) that they grow up to twenty feet. We didn’t actually read the tag until the second year though. The first year they grew very fast in my kitchen garden, and it became apparent that they would take over the entire bed.


The tag also said that they are arctic kiwis, making it possible to grow them here in Greenville. There are  many flowers. I am trying not to count on kiwis yet…but I am thinking about looking up some recipes.