Summer Breeze – makes me feel fine

I wonder if the Isley Brothers found the inspiration for their classic 70s hit Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind” after a visit to the eastern Costa del Sol on a warm, summer Mediterranean evening?

If they did, then the heady fragrance of the flowers of the Dama de Noche  (otherwise known as the night-scented jasmine, lady of the night or, to use the Latin name – cestrum nocturnum) was surely the catalyst.

Dama de noche by day - lime green buds with no perfume

By day, the Dama de Noche masquerades as an upright, fairly ordinary looking shrub with dark green leaves and large clusters of small, lime green buds, with no perfume.

Large clusters of flowers of Dama de noche as dusk falls

As dusk falls, however, the buds open into white, star-shaped tubular flowers and their bewitching, intense scent is wafted around on the breeze and can often be detected for hundreds of metres around.

Each individual flower of the Dama de noche plant delivers its heady perfume

Every evening at this time of year, I throw all the windows open in the house to allow the perfume to waft inside.

Such a wonderful summer memory!

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18 thoughts on “Summer Breeze – makes me feel fine

    • I love the perfume as it wafts around the garden and into the house.

      OOHHH … I must give that scent a try next time I’m in the Duty Free shop at the airport (next Wednesday!!) 🙂

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  2. I love the heady scent of jasmine! It looks different to the jasmines I grow in my garden in the UK, but their scent is delicious too!

    • Yes, you’re right, Sue – the jasmine we used to grow in the UK has such a lovely, delicate perfume.

      The Dama de Noche here is quite different, and some people can’t bear them because their scent is so powerful.

      I love them, though 🙂

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  6. I have several night jasmines growing in my backyard. A Persian client of mine, who had a fabulous garden/nursery gave me a couple of them years ago and they grow just fine. And the bouquet…well, you know. That song Summer Breeze was first written by a very soft rock duo called Seals and Crofts.

    • Yes, fabulous bouquet.

      When I was posting about the Isley Brothers, I noticed that they were not the first to record it, though this was something I didn´t previously know. I guess it´s because the IBs had the big hit with it. I hope Seals and Croft have been suitably rewarded over the years with royalties. 🙂

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