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Gardenias

It’s a gloomy, drizzly day here today, but not cold at all, and yesterday when I was out watering the pot plants in my small covered courtyard, I noticed my gardenia had a bud that was about to bloom. I adore the fragrance of gardenias and the first gardenia of summer is always an event,  so I brought the pot inside and put it in my bedroom.

Then I went out for most of the afternoon — an end-of-year/Christmas lunch with a small group of women I went to high school with. We reconnected some years ago at a school reunion, and ever since 9 of us have been meeting every few months for lunch, or to do some kind of activity or see an art exhibition. It’s always a day of good company and good conversation. 

Anyway, I got home last night around seven pm, stepped into my bedroom and wow! The fragrance. It was glorious. The gardenia was fully open and the scent of just that one single bloom had filled the room.

So this morning I took this photo of it. It’s quite a small plant, but it has half a dozen fat little buds, so I’m looking forward to those.

I love all kinds of flowers, but the fragrant ones are my favorite. What about you?

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Annette N
Annette N
2 months ago

I love flowers which provide fragrance and gardenia is one of my favorites. Or maybe it is hyacinth. Nah, maybe it is roses. As you can see, I love flowers in general and enjoy fragrant ones most of all. .

Malvina
Malvina
2 months ago

Our gardenia died last year after 30+ years of fragrant service in a difficult part of the garden. We love the scent, but it was better to replace them with two grevillea, which will bring in the native birds and survive with more hardiness. They always fill the room with a wonderful scent.

Priscilla Payne
Priscilla Payne
2 months ago

I love flowers. I have a lovely Julia child yellow rose which is covered in blooms during the summer. I also have a yellow rhododendron which is lovely in mid spring. Can you tell I like the color yellow?

Vicki L.
Vicki L.
2 months ago

Love love love gardenias. My first memory of gardenias is from when I was very small, 5 or 6, there was an older gentleman who used to bring gardenias to church and give them to the ladies. It wasn’t until 30 years ago that my mom planted a couple and they have grown and grown and become absolute monster plants that have to be cut back every few years. Love that heady smell still.

Mem dennis
Mem dennis
2 months ago

Gardenias so evocative for me…they were in my bridal bouquet and still take me back to that day
Many many years ago but joyous…

christine
christine
2 months ago

I love orchids as my favourite flower, but they don’t really smell much. For smell I love Paper Whites – I can sometimes get them as bulbs in Supermarkets before Christmas (sold as gifts) but am not mobile enough to actually go to a supermarket these days :(

Dee
Dee
2 months ago

I enjoy all types of fragrances in the garden although where I live in Texas, the heat tolerant plants aren’t always the most sweet smelling. I’ve learned to love the survivors like lantana which defies the seasons with its many tiny and colorful blossoms and greedy growth (never lose your clippers with this one). Your gardenia is so lovely and I do know that distinctive fragrance. Thank you for sharing.