Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Plumerias and Ylang-Ylang Trees in the Gardens of Chateau De La Mer

Besides my orchids/hibiscus collection(, euphorbias
and cactus collections(http://planningtovisitthephilippines) and bougainvillas collection (, I am also a lover of plumerias and Ylang Ylang trees. I have three varieties of plumerias, and two Ylang Ylang trees.

My white plumeria is the standard tree now about 20 ft tall and 10 ft wide. I planted them along the beach by the side of the fence. I have 20 trees currently. It likes the ocean breeze and flowers the whole 6 months from December to June. Its white flowers are very fragrant. My red plumerias are semi-dwarf. The red flowers are clustered but not as fragrant as the white standard tree. My pink plumerias are dwarfs. I have a dozen trees of this pink variety. One of them, I made into a bonsai. The bonsai plant is my favorite.

I have only two Ylang Ylang trees, I planted them in 1996. Now they are about 30 ft tall and loaded with fragrant flowers. The fragrance of the blooms permeates in the air even up to 20 meters away and farther if the wind direction is favorable. It reminds me of the perfume Chanel N0.5. The subject of my master thesis at the University of Illinois in 1962 was on the volatile constituents of Ylang-Ylang oil.

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