A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 35 – Jasmine

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“My Jasmine” – Summer 2013 – Whitney Avenue (my back porch) – Wilkinsburg, PA

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

Two years ago today… I woke up in the basement of an abandoned house… I was covered in blood… And I had a hypodermic needle bent into my arm… I quickly finished the shot and staggered to my feet… I hadn’t eaten in days and my skin was turning yellow…

In this basement… I gave up heroin… Though I continued to use for four more days… This was where it began…
This event sparked my desire…
My desire to suffer less…
My desire to be more…

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I am not going to pretend to know… Well… Anything about this plant… Because I don’t… Here is what I do know… The fragrance is intoxicating… It can be noticed from 20′ away… After a rainfall the scent is multiplied… Couple that with the smell of fresh rainfall… Damn… As I write this my mouth is actually watering…

Jasmine blossoms last for one day… It blooms in the late afternoon/early evening… Persists through the night into the morning… Then they slowly fall off throughout the next day in the breeze… Almost like clockwork when the last blossom falls… A new one is born…

Jasmine is not hardy… Mine is in a pot… As I write this my Jasmine is beginning to put on new flower buds… Winter flowering on my jasmine is not nearly as profuse as the Summer blossoms… The flowers that do come into fruition are much smaller and not nearly as white… But… They smell 10x as strong as they do in the Summer… So much so that the scent travels through closed doors…

Jasmine on my Mind

Jasmine is…
Connected to my soul…
Connected to my heart…
When she blooms I follow…

Jasmine is…
The sunshine that brightens…
The winters darkness in my mind…
When she blooms I follow…

When I bloom… The darkness crumbles…
The earth shakes… And the ground rumbles…

The earth shakes… And my fears crumble…
The earth shakes because I am about to grow…

Grow with me… Or without me… Just grow…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

If you want some science – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasmine

New To writing and never had to cite sources before… These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring when I start writing more… My source (where applicable) is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information…

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Paved Waves – Asphalt Creeping

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“Asphalt Creeping” – © chriscondello 2013 – Vassar Way – Wilkinsburg, PA – So many textures and patterns… I could hardly contain myself… The wavy new asphalt interacting with hundred year old bricks… And a concrete gutter… An urban timeline…

Block after block… Outlined in black… Highlighted in gray… Urban sprawl… City night call… Orange tones and abandoned house bones… Sights… Sounds… And alley cat moans… Creeping through the darkness… Lit by the lightning bugs… Flying through my mind…

Jasmine blossoms bless the air… Scented lily’s… Citrus blooms… All combine in my backyard room… Raise the bar on my scarred soul… Enhances energy… Enlightens life… Brightens the darkness… Fuels the light… Currently all my energy… Comes from flowers of white… Scented dreams… Scented memories…

Streets lined in gardens… Hell strips converted to heavens… Scented herbs beneath my feet… Impossible to miss if you park on the street… Sunflowers hide the telephone poles… These should be everyone’s goals… Simply don’t ask permission… It’s a guaranteed no… It will probably mess with the traffic flow…

Even after all the rhymes and theory… People apparently don’t seem to hear me… Plant a garden… Or a tree… Do it without asking… Do it for free… Or get paid… Regardless… Just do something… Something for you… Something for me… Something for the land… Or something for the sea…

Promote life…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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