This species of Philadelphus was discovered by Meriwether Lewis in 1806. It’s flowers and scent are reminiscent of orange blossoms, thus it’s common name, the mock-orange. Unlike oranges, these attractive shrubs produce dry, 4-parted capsule fruits that are wholly inedible. Their leaves, however, contain saponins and can be crushed to make a mild soap. They are a popular ornamental plant here in the eastern PNW and are the state flower of Idaho. Look for them scattered throughout drier slopes in the west, where they tend to grow singly or in small populations. Here in Missoula, they cover the hillsides with gorgeous white blooms at the beginning of summer, much like Amelanchier in the spring.
also can you give me recommendations for poets to read (especially for someone who enjoys beautiful things but doesn't read a whole lot of poetry)
this was supposed to be a quick & dirty rec list for my girl but then it got out of hand so i’ve broken it off into categories 4 ya! this is by no means an extensive list but i was starting to realize that this was verging on Too Long. happy readings & i hope u find something that moves along the soil of ur soul!!
Philadelphus coronarius ‘Variegatus’ (variegated mock orange) is best in a woodland garden or shady situation which prevents strong sunshine from scorching the variegated foliage. This medium-sized deciduous shrub will brighten a dark spot - here the variegated leaves resembled a foaming waterfall between the green leaved shrubs whilst the flowers scented the air.
It is not the moon, I tell you.
It is these flowers
lighting the yard.
I hate them.
I hate them as I hate sex,
the man’s mouth
sealing my mouth, the man’s
paralyzing body –
and the cry that always escapes,
the low, humiliating
premise of union –
In my mind tonight
I hear the question and pursuing answer
fused in one sound
that mounts and mounts and then
is split into the old selves,
the tired antagonisms. Do you see?
We were made fools of.
And the scent of mock orange
drifts through the window.
How can I rest?
How can I be content
while there is still
that odor in the world?
twelve o'clock call… assist you waking up waiting up-made making plans well under 40 watt light at night oh well too bright we know it, the city’s too bright to show it off, oh well we’re not staying here tonight seems like you’re reduced to a voice in a picture do you wonder if i remember? do you know that i forget at twelve o'clock i’m waking you up and since you’re waking up this way i can assist now if we could write it down then we would throw it out give it less time