Happy Weekend! After a week of being spoiled by lower humidity and cool morning temperatures, it’s hot and sultry here this weekend. You know it’s summer when it’s hot at night!
It’s perfect weather for gardenias! They don’t mind the hot and humid weather (unlike me ;) and are blooming. . .
I wish you could smell them. . .
Their fragrance wafted my way when I stepped out onto the porch alerting me to the fact that they were in bloom before I saw 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.”
Our gardenias are 15+ years old. They were here when we bought our house and have thrived since we put in irrigation about ten years ago.
Gardenias are subtropical plants that thrive in warm, humid weather. Most gardenias are hardy in zones 8-11, with a few varieties hardy to zone 7. We’re in zone 7b here in North Carolina.
We don’t do much pruning. They grow in a natural area and provide us with a living fence and privacy from the neighbors.
Gardenias can handle full sun as long as they have some protection from the afternoon sun. Ours get morning sun and the light shade of a River Birch tree in the afternoon. When we first moved here, I discovered by accident that they thrive with fertilizer for acid-loving plants when I fed the azaleas that were planted next to them.
Our resident Great Blue Heron has been fishing from our dock when he’s not sun bathing from the boat lift.
He’s a very patient fishermen and entertaining to watch!
I’ll leave with a glorious sunset. . .
Hope you’re enjoying some beautiful weather and sunsets where you are. ♥