The Jasminums are well-known plants and are very popular on account of their elegant habit and sweet-scented flowers. They make excellent covering for fences, trellises, arbors, etc. and thrive in any good garden soil.
Jasminum nudiflorum is one of our earliest Spring-flowering plants, often opening bright-yellow flowers as early as January. Jasminum officinale, the fragrant common Jasmine, blooms continuously from early Summer until late in the Autumn.
Propagate by layers laid in, an inch deep, in ordinary soil in June, or by cuttings of the ripe wood, in September, inserted one inch deep in sandy soil in a cold frame or in the open ground; select shoots not showing flower at the top. Kennedya The Kennedyas are rapid-growing hardy twiners, natives of Australia; they like a warm sunny situation. They bear pea-shaped flowers, reddish-brown or scarlet in color. Any good garden soil will grow them well.
Propagate by seeds sown, in early Spring, one-quarter of an inch deep in a warm greenhouse or hotbed; when they are large enough to be handled, pot them singly in three or four-inch pots; gradually harden them by exposure to the open air and plant them out when they show signs of making fresh growth. Lathyrus odokatus (Sweet-pea)
This general favorite is a native of the Mediterranean islands and consequently is at home in the climate of California. It thrives well in any good garden soil, but, in order to obtain the best results the soil should be trenched two spades in depth and four inches of old manure mixed with the soil.
In addition to its value as a garden plant, the Sweet-pea makes a very good window-box plant, its fragrant many-colored flowers spreading a pleasant odor throughout the room when it is thus grown.
In planting the Sweet-pea seeds, form with a hoe or shovel a shallow furrow about two feet wide and three inches deep, in the middle of which draw the seed-drill three inches deep. In this seed-drill the seeds should be planted about three inches apart. When the young plants are six inches high, place a row of tree limbs or a fence of wire netting alongside them so that they may have something to climb over. Also spread a mulch of manure about the plants; this will keep the ground cool and preserve the moisture. Where a succession of bloom is desired, the seeds should be sown about three times a year. Seeds which are sown during Winter or early Spring should have a covering of soil one inch deep while those sown in Summer or early Fall should be covered to the depth of from two to two and a half inches and shaded with a light covering of straw or some other light material until the seeds come through the surface.