Our Gardenias are in bloom. . .I wish you could smell them!
I apologize for there not being a ‘scratch and sniff’ option here ;)
Almost overnight our two shrubs were covered in fragrant blooms and seashell-shaped buds. . .
Our gardenias are 15+ years old. They were here when we bought our house and have thrived since we put in irrigation about eight years ago.
They need to pruned. . .I’m a lazy pruner, maybe after this flush of blooms fades :) In the meantime, they provide us with a living fence and some privacy from our neighbors.
They also give the birds some cover while queued up waiting for their turn at the feeder.
They like morning sun and afternoon shade and fertilizer for acid-loving plants. They get a healthy dose of fertilizer in the spring when I feed the azaleas around them.
“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
Our hydrangeas are full of blooms too this year, and a welcome sight after last year!
Thank you for all my encouraging and kind comments on the work around my Potting Shed yesterday! I’ll share my planted perennial bed as soon I get it photographed :)