Soothing Whites

Gardenia blooms and buds are beginning to appear,

just as the temperatures climb into the 90’s. . .

There is something soothing to my soul

and inner thermostat :) when I see white~

“Sultry as a summer evening and as intoxicating as an exotic perfume, the scent of gardenias settles like a memory onto your soul. The blossoms are just as enticing. Buds shaped like seashells unfurl into velvet soft flowers in the warmth and humidity of early evening. But it’s the fragrance that captivates.”

~Southern Living

“White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black. God paints in many colors; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.”

~ G.K. Chesterton

 And more whites . . .

 If we’re not on the boat,

trying to generate a breeze,

you can find me here~

On the porch,

under the fan,

surrounded by white

& thinking cool thoughts :)

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  50 comments for “Soothing Whites

  1. June 1, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Wow, I can just imagine how fantastic they must smell! (the gardenias…not the li’l birdies)

    : )

    Julie M.

  2. June 1, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Mary, this is breathtaking. Every image is incredible!!

  3. Clare
    June 1, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Can’t you just smell those gorgeous gardenias? They just make a Southern girl smile!

  4. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    June 1, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Gorgeous pics! I just mentioned to someone else that, while I never really thought about it before… it’s funny to see gardenia growing outside! I’ve always thought of them as indoor plants-very pretty:@)

  5. June 1, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Hi Mary
    What a beautiful spot you have to live in. Was it busy on the lake this weekend? I love gardenias and your photos of yours are beautiful. We don’t have any but our neighbor does and I love the smell! Try to keep cool today. It’s too hot too early this year!

  6. Marilyn
    June 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Love your blog. Wish we have the heat to worry over. It is in the 40’s today with predicted 50 mph wind here at 4,000 in So. Cal. Summer is still a few weeks away.

  7. June 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Gardenias are my most favorite fragrance in the entire world. My neighbor has about 15 bushes, covered in blooms, that I get to enjoy on my morning walk every day. The picture of your furry friends on the boat is darling!

  8. Carolyn
    June 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Sweet Mary, Sweet Fragrance, Sweet Day!

  9. June 1, 2011 at 11:19 am

    i can’t ever imagine my gardenias blooming, its cold and rainy like winter ALL week again… thankfully i can breath in your beauty~ i do love white in the garden, it shines in the moonlight :)

    and your blue bird captures… fantastic!

    those chairs are made for me, calm waters sunny days, can you hear the hail pounding my house as i type? thunder and lightning due any minute….

    your little punkins look so cute~ mine would be belly up in the water…

    and that wonderful porch.. girl you embrace the good life, and thankfully share the details!

    come visit me, i did a post in your honor :)

  10. June 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE the white magnolia’s… a true southern belle! And the bluebirds are divine. I WISH I had some here. LOVE the birdhouse. You & Jain both have one… lucky girls! Have a beautiful day!

    I did “borrow” your cake like you said I could & did a post linking to you… So I hope you get some new visitors to see the wonder of you blog/world. Hope the girls finally let you sleep this morning! HUGS!

  11. June 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I just absolutely adore this!!! I can almost smell those flowers! It’s intoxicating!!! Chloe and Gracie look so pretty!

  12. June 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    The bird house is adorable and capturing bluebirds with your camera is a bonus….

    I love gardenias….they were my mother’s most favorite flower and although I have too many favorite flowers to just decide on one, it is one of my favorite also…. Dare I mention that gardenias can bloom year-round here? I have one in my front yard, planted in honor of my mother, that gifts us with flowers almost every month.

  13. June 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I just planted a gardenia bush recently and am delighted to see it blooming. My grandmother had a bush when I was a young girl, and it is still my favorite fragrance. Your photographs of the bluebirds are incredible, and your two dogs are too cute!

  14. Mitzi
    June 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Wow, your photos are absolutely breathtaking! Love them all. What a peaceful place you have here! Subscribed to your site.

  15. June 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I love those bluebird pictures! Oh, they are so sweet. And speaking of sweet, your little pups looking out over the water is truly sweet!

  16. June 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Beautiful photos. Gardenias are wonderfully beautiful flowers, but I cannot be anywhere near them, due to allergies. Drat! Love the photo of your pups! They are adorable! and the bluebird…never have I seen one up close.
    Jane (artfully graced)

  17. June 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Hey there – loving that you linked up to Cottage Flora Thursday’s! Beautiful blooms & gorgeous bird house & sweet birdies too! I want to follow you back – love your blog, but don’t see a place to do so. Xoxo, tracie

  18. June 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Always such beautiful photos! It helps to have such fabulous surroundings. I checked out your porch post too. So pretty! I love seeing that gorgeous blue bird. All just lovely.

  19. Joni
    June 1, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    I am in love with gardenias — I had them in my first corsage. Love the chairs and the the pooches. Joni

  20. June 2, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Visiting from Fishtail Cottage Flora Thursdays!
    Your gardenias are lovely. I’ve always loved their scent. All of your photos depicting “white” are soothing and fresh. Glad to have found your blog —
    Have a lovely Thursday! :)

  21. June 2, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Gardenias are my absolute fave flowers…I wore them on my hair when I got married! Your photos are fantastic, so spectacular and your puppies are so adorable!

    Happy Cottage Flora Thursday!

  22. June 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I think if I lean reeaaallly close to the screen, I can smell the gardenias. I have a few this year but not as much as in year’s past. I just adore their scent.

  23. June 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I just love this summery post of yours and find the first photo of the gardenia flower a perfect example of beauty.
    I’d love to join you by the water on the muskoka chairs for tea.

  24. Liz
    June 3, 2011 at 12:01 am

    What a great post! Your lake place is so gorgeous! These Gardenias are heavenly. Ours are finally starting to do well this year. We can actually grow them in the desert.

    Thank you so much for joining in for Fresh-Cut Friday! :)


  25. Pondside
    June 5, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Though I’m not a fan of the all-white school of decoration, I love all of your whites because they have so much depth and are all about nature. We don’t have gardenias here, except in floral shops, but I’d love to see one in its natural setting.

  26. June 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    You know I love whites in my garden. I’m slowing moving more and more in that direction. Unfortunately I don’t have much success with gardenias. I’m about to toss out my latest one. It looks really bad.
    Thanks for sharing all these cooling whites. ~ Sarah

  27. June 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Gardenias always remind me of summers with my grandmother in Tampa…their scent is heavenly. Love the picture of the puppies!

  28. June 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    All of your photos are beautiful! The gardenias are so perfect..they don’t look real! ♥

  29. June 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    What a lovely post and beautiful flowers. Love your bluebirds and the great porch.

  30. June 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    You live in such a gorgeous place! Such pretty blooms and birds! Not to mention stunning views and such cute pups!

  31. June 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Omigosh, this is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at MM> :)

  32. June 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I want to live with you! :D :D Love the gardenias and the birds and the water. Gorgeous!

  33. Ellen
    June 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Sigh…such lovely lovely photos! Enjoyed each and every one…

  34. June 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Very, very lovely!!! Crisp and clean, white! Beautiful gardenias!

  35. Vee
    June 5, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    The gardenias are languid and lovely. The photos make me want to reach out and touch them. Stay cool now…

  36. June 5, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Gardenias were a favourite flower of my Mother’s. I had them included in my wedding bouquet many year ago. Gorgeous. v

  37. June 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I used to find white boring in the garden but I am appreciating it more and more as it absolutely glows in the evening hours. Gorgeous photos!

  38. A Garden of Threads
    June 5, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Beautiful pictures and I would be parked in the chair overlooking the water all day long. Gorgeous!!!

  39. June 5, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    WOW!! What an awesome series of photos this week. Oh, how I which we could grow gardenias here in VA. I loved them so growing up in Florida. I have tried holding them over in the house during winter but it just does not work. You will have to smell them and enjoy them for the both of us. Beautiful pictures and such a nice mosaic.

  40. June 6, 2011 at 8:15 am

    wonderful entry and pictures you have in here!

  41. June 6, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Very nice pictures. Most I like the 2 dogs :) LG Tina

  42. Linda Kemp
    June 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I love white. I’ve always had a white sofa, white walls and white sheets. All my color is elsewhere. Are your dogs poodles?

  43. June 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

    It is amazing how white really does lower the inner thermostat! Just drinking coffee on the porch while looking at my flowers does it for me! I absolutely adore your profile pic with your furbabies…so cute!!

  44. June 6, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Gorgeous photos. I love the birdhouse with the bird captured flying in front of it.

  45. June 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    This is so lovely. I am hosting a photobook giveaway on my blog. Would love for you to stop by.

  46. June 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Now I remember, Mary. I wrote a long comment on this post and hit a key not meaning to and the comment was all gone. Does that happen to anyone else out there in blogland? I was rushing out the door and did not get back to writing it over. I went to the Southern Living link and then did not see your gorgeous bluebirds!!!!! And to capture one in flight so beautifully. I am so envious you know because my husband and I love bluebirds and don’t have a great open space like they like. We are still trying though.

    What I mentioned that day was that I love the quote about the intoxicating scent and that it settles like a memory on your soul! My mother’s brides bouquet was gardenias, mine was and my daughter’s. They do settle on your soul. Your pics were wonderful and your blooms so healthy! Love those mosaics too.

  47. June 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Gardenias are certainly a favorite.. they smell heavenly. Love your photos of them. And you white puppies.. adorable.. all your whiteness is perfect.. Many blessings, marlis

  48. June 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Beautiful post, fantastic photos, love the smell of gardenias! My grandmother had a gardenia plant for over 14 years in her home in NYC. I would stand there forever just smelling that plant! I never had luck with them, unfortunately. xo,

  49. June 13, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Such a beautiful and soothing post. Whenever I see gardenias, I think of my long gone grandmother. They were in her wedding bouquet.

    Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

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