Monday, May 10, 2010
Joy to the world
The Champaca belongs to the Magnolia family of trees. Although its blooms are not as beautiful as those of its cousins, it is the source of one of the most fragrant flowers in the world. There are two variants, the yellow Champaca (Michelia champaca) and white Champaca (Michelia champaca 'alba'). And according to some online literatures, the flower of this plant is the main essence in 'JOY' perfume. Whether this is true or not, to me it really doesn't matter. What matters is that we have this in our garden. And come to think of it we almost missed this opportunity.
Not to appear rude, I feigned interest and went to check on the said plant. But as I got closer, I could smell this familiar scent in the air. It was a very sweet fragrance and it got stronger as I got nearer to this sickly looking tree. Then the seller disclosed the identity of the unassuming but very fragrant flowers - Champaca.
I didn't immediately buy the tree though. Weeks later, when I was back in Utah (USA), that's when I decided to go for it. So I called home, told them to buy as much as they can on their next visit to the garden stores. That's how we ended up with eight (six whites, two yellows) little Champaca trees in our nursery.
Even though our Champacas are still in the garden's nursery, with roots confined in cramped spaces within their plastic containers, right now they are aggressively in bloom and is filling the air with an aroma so pleasing, so crisp and so fresh.
I will attest that the bloom of this tree is very sweet and very fragrant.