Stop and Smell the Gardenias

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Our Gardenias are in bloom,

I wish my photos had a

scratch and sniff feature. . . :)

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I was afraid our colder than normal winter

had taken its toll since they were a little

later blooming this year.

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 I smelled their fragrance as I stepped out

the back door before I even saw them. . .

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“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.”

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“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

Gardenias in the Garden

 As I pause to stop and smell the gardenias, help yourself to some Gardenia Tea and enjoy a charming book The Novel Bakers shared last summer. . .

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Dancing with the Moon,

A Story of Love at the Villa della Luna

by Jana Kolpen and Mary Tiegreen

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 “Gardenias are known to attract high spirits, induce peaceful vibrations and strengthen love potions.”

~ Dancing with the Moon

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They are also considered an edible flower and safe to brew for tea, so you can gather some gardenia blooms and petals to steep.

Brew a pot here.

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Or prepare a Gardenia Love Bath

for yourself or the birds :)

Gardenia Love Bath

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And dine with them at the

table with shells here.

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I hope you take time to

stop and smell the Gardenias!Sultry as a Summer Evening Gardenias

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  24 comments for “Stop and Smell the Gardenias

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    June 27, 2014 at 5:11 am

    I bet they smell fantastic Mary! My G-Mom-B had a plant in her diningroom, it was always exciting when it bloomed:@)

  2. vicky
    June 27, 2014 at 5:50 am

    First the Confederate jasmine blooms and then the gardenias! May/June is full of heavenly fragrances heavy on our sultry air. Loved your post this AM!

  3. June 27, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Your gardenias are beautiful and I can almost smell the exotic fragrance !

  4. June 27, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I got to enjoy gardenias before we left Houston. I should remember they are one of the things that don’t grow in Maine and be even more grateful for them.

  5. June 27, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Beautiful! One of my very favorite fragrances. After an unusually cold winter on the Gulf coast, I wasn’t expecting my gardenia bushes to bloom. But, by the first of May, they were just loaded down with blossoms! I have a huge lucite seashell bowl that I floated them in. It looked so pretty, I wish I could send you a picture! Happy Summer weekend!

  6. June 27, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Oh they are so beautiful Mary!…I had two gardenia trees and I believe they unfortunately did not make it this year from the harsh winter we had…They are still in the ground hoping for a miracle!…Love your beautiful photographs of the gardenias and the table…Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. franki
    June 27, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Gardenia and Magnolias…aaaahhhh!! franki

  8. Kay - North Central Texas
    June 27, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Gardenias were my Mom’s favorite. I can smell the fragrance now. Thanks for a happy memory.

  9. Cheryl
    June 27, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Lovely post today, Mary. :)

  10. June 27, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I used to have a gardenia bush, sigh…I love the way you have captured their delicate beauty in so many ways~my favorite is the sea shell table [of course :) ] I love the mix of shells and blooms~ a gardenia “Love Bath” sounds like heaven!
    Jenna

  11. June 27, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I would love it if you had a scratch and sniff feature, too! I love gardenias. LOVE them!

  12. June 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Gardenias! I am so jealous. I can’t grow them in the ground here, but year after year when I pass by the potted ones at the garden center I never buy them, remembering my disastrous past attempts. Now I wish I would have.

  13. June 27, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Would you believe I missed my gardenias blooming while I was in Texas. They bloomed better this year. I can’t understand it since nothing else has. I have had good luck rooting from my old fashioned bush. Hoping for a large swath of fragrance someday. Your descriptions of gardenias and those of Southern Living are like music to my ears. So beautiful.
    Check out my sunflowers that I did not grow but enjoyed the first experience arranging. Wish I had enough sun to grow some.
    Thanks for the repeat of Dancing with the Moon and Gardenia and Shell tablescape. Enjoyed it again.

    Have a great weekend, Mary.

  14. June 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Dreamy! I’ve not had luck with gardenia bushes. Love the fragrance and the pretty white blooms. I’ll just have to scroll up and down and take in all this beauty here.
    Happy Weekend!

  15. June 27, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Stunning photos…my mother’s favorite flowers and they always remind me of her. I always have a bush in the garden…although mine bloomed earlier (in time for my mother’s April 15th birthday!) my bush is not as exuberant in it’s blooming as yours!

  16. Betty819
    June 27, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Magnolia blossoms have a heavenly scent and are so beautiful when blooming. We were always told not to touch the bloom as it would turn brown like it was bruised.

  17. June 27, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    The Gardenias are incredible, Mary!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  18. June 27, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I love gardenias. I had them in my wedding bouquets, both times!

  19. June 27, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Reminds me of living in FL…we had 4 bushes…two on each side of the lanai doors. *sigh* I would cut them & bring them in all the time.
    I sure didn’t arrange them as pretty as YOU have, Mary. You are sooo talented in that regard. LOVE the tablescape!!

  20. Debbie
    June 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I love the table set with the seashells and gardenias. Can’t get much lovelier than that! I can almost smell the fragrance. Ahhh!

  21. July 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    OMG!! I can not believe all the blooms tyou have!!!!!!!!!!! I ADORE gardenias. I have a HUGE plant and a gardenia tree on the patio and have only gotten TWO blooms:(:( I bring them in the house for the winter and they are 3 or 4 years old now. I remember that table too. Gorgeous.

  22. July 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Pure heaven to my senses,mine bloomed before I came here, you have me longing for the scent… gorgeous

  23. July 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Beautiful gardenias. I love both your tables. I used to have some fish plates! I wish I still had them! Thanks for sharing. I linked my simple Patriotic bar/counter scape! Have a good week.

  24. July 8, 2014 at 2:31 am

    I adore gardenias! How beautiful they would smell floating in a bird bath! great ideas! Thank you for linking with Home Sweet Home!

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