one night last week, i suddenly found myself looking up from my work and looking around the office after I caught a whiff of a familiar scent. i thought i smelled sampaguita (or jasmine). I found myself instantly transported back to the Philippines, specifically to my apu’s property in kilo, where rows upon rows of sampaguita bushes once grew on land next to the house.
alas, there were no sampaguitas in the office. what i discovered instead is another plant, a vine from what I understand, that produces flowers of a similar scent: the honeysuckle. the scent, upon closer inspection (meaning i buried my nose in the blooms), seems sweeter than that of the sampaguita. also it doesn’t have that hint of spice, that i’ve associated with sampaguita. i’m gonna try and see if i can get this vine and grow it on my porch 🙂