Happy Friday! I know the calendar page has turned to June when the gardenias are in bloom!
As soon as I stepped onto the porch, their sweet fragrance wafted my way alerting me that they were in bloom before I even saw them.
I wish I had a ‘scratch and sniff’ feature, so you could smell them. . .
Our two gardenia shrubs are 20+ years old. The could use some pruning but provide us with some privacy as a buffer between us and our neighbors, who enjoy the wonderful fragrance too.
The birds love the year-round shelter they provide.
I discovered quite by accident, that gardenias thrive with fertilizer for acid-loving plants, when I fed the azaleas next to them.
Gardenias originated in the Orient but are named in honor of a Southerner, Dr. Alexander Garden, an 18th-century botanist and physician from Charleston, South Carolina.
Gardenias are subtropical plants that thrive in warm, humid weather and when planted in well-drained soil.
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.
Gardenias can handle full sun, with protection from afternoon sun in higher growing zones. Our gardenias get morning sun and the afternoon shade.
Lord, make us mindful of the little things that grow and blossom in these days to make the world beautiful for us.
– W.E.B. du Bois
We have rain in our forecast this weekend that we desperately need, but preferably without the flooding the storms brought to the south-central US.
We are mindful of those affected by the storms and keeping them in our thoughts and prayers. ♥