Monday, April 8, 2013

gardenia

i love gardens and flowers, although i am not a gardener---but they beckon to me like a dream lost in mid way--

i especially am fond of the lovely gardenia, and enjoy the fact that it is in the coffee family, tree so to speak--

of course it's amorous fragrance smells nothing like coffee, albeit the intoxication is the same for me-

when we moved to the house we live in now, over 25 yrs ago, we planted a gardenia bush, in our back yard---it never did much of anything, probably because they need lots of humidity and light----

some years later, frank made me a small garden in my front yard, with a beautiful fountain, that is no longer working----there he also planted a gardenia bush--it's location, has proved to be much better----with last year's bush, having the most blooms it has ever adorned---

it is something about the first scents of spring, that always bring me back to the gardenia and i will certainly be drawn to any lotion or perfume, that has just a hint of it's luxury----

in closing my "g" word post, i would love to share one of my favorite songs, at least in my top 20----and btw, if you don't know the movie, this song is from, you might want to look it up---sounds intriguing




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  1. gardenias are my favorites...they dont grow so great for me though...too bad...just have to wait for myself and love ones to send them to me!

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    1. oh i love love love to get flowers sent to me---but i have never had gardenias sent to me---i hope you do zoe :)

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  2. I'm too far north to grow gardenias, but thanks for posting the haunting song.

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    1. awww sorry you can't have them, but maybe a house plant of them----i am glad you enjoyed the song, and yes, that's the word--haunting--thanks denise:)

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  3. What a sweet guy and a perfect gift! Hints to those men who need ideas for the special woman in their life.

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    1. haha yeah sometimes when he gets it right---it's perfect--thanks :)

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  4. I love gardenias, wore them when I married my hubs. The smell is intoxicating, Lynn. I've tried to grow them inside with varying results. They are very picky plants which don't like drafts, too much or too little water, etc. Yours, however, looks great outside.

    I also like gardenias because Lady Day (Billie Holiday) wore them when she performed, and I love her singing. I own much of her music. One of the hotels in Vancouver used to have a drink with floating gardenias. Not saying if I had one or not.

    Good G word!

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    1. fascinating side note!!! i love billie holiday too----how cool she wore them---i know, they are very finicky---it was just a miracle last year--that's why we snapped a pic--thanks d.g. :)

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  5. I love gardenias too . . . they are so fragrant and fresh and lovely :) AND, I didn't know they were part of the coffee-tree family!

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  6. Beautiful flowers - and in the coffee family... now I like it even more!

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  7. How pretty! The flower that brings me back to my childhood every time I smell it is the lilac. :)

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    1. oh another great one--brings me back too dana :)

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  8. My Mother used to have the sweetest smelling white gardenia ever. I loved when it was in bloom and I could smell that special fragrance. I had no idea it was in the coffee family.

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  9. i know, isn't that a crazy connection :)

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  10. I think they're lovely and I wish I could enjoy their fragrance but just reading this post made me want to sneeze! My grandmother had gardenias in her yard and so did we when I was growing up. They never bothered me then. This is just something that has happened over the last 10 years or so.

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    1. awww that's too bad--you know, i think i am having allergies, for really the first time pretty much---i keep losing my voice---hope yours won't be bad this time!

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  11. I can't say that Gardenias are my fav, but hey are pretty.

    That's a pretty song isn't it?

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    1. oh yeah, like i said, i love that song so much esp. the way johnny does it :)

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  12. Your G post brought back memories of my first beau - he bought me a "perfume" of some kind that smelled of Gardenias - if only I could remember its name. Hmm...funny how our memories can be triggered by a simple word.

    Lovely song, picture, post! Thanks for the "memory" jog.

    Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

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    1. i would love to know the name of the perfume--glad you liked my post jenny :)

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  13. Your gardenia bush is beautiful! I have flowering bushes in our yard, but with my black thumb, they tend not to flower most years lol. How I dream of having a yard someday with lots of colorful flowers. I will need to win the lottery first though to hire someone else to do it lol.

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    1. haha yes, that is my desire too, theresa--thank you :)

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  14. I love gardenias too, although I've never had luck planting them. Maybe someday when I move to the pacific northwest.

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    1. yep they are very temperamental beauties, kate :)

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  15. They smell so good. I never seem to have much luck with flowers. Vegetable and herbs I can do. But, flowers seem to elude me.

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    1. our pretty blooms were a miracle or a fluke---haha we will see soon--thanks ruth :)

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  16. I adore fragrant flowers and bushes. I have a beautiful lilac tree but I wish it was closer to the house so I could smell it better.

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    1. oh yeah, i love them too---such an old-fashioned romantic flower---now i want one of those :)

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  17. Hi Lynn,

    Your gardenia bush is really pretty and love the pristine white flowers and the intoxicating fragrance,
    I have not had any luck with the couple I tried growing

    Have a good week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. they are tricky little gems! thank, you too carolyn:)

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  18. What a lovely garden! Gardenias are so distinctively lovely.

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    1. they really are unique--thanks susan :)

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  19. Gardenias are my favorite flower. We have a bush planted in our last year and its so beautiful when it blooms.

    Happy A through Z blogging.
    pensuasion.blogspot.com

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  20. Gardenia! YES!!! How they captivated me when i was much younger . . . anything that smelled like them was my new favorite. I did NOT know they were in the coffee family (thank you for that) - Sure makes me want another look.

    Marvelous Day to You!
    -g-

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    1. yes that's it, they are captivating! thank you maggid :)

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  21. Blue Gardenia makes me think of Nat King Cole ?

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    1. well he did the song originally but as much as i love nat---i love johnny's version better :)

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    2. Must be an age thing with me Lynn !

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    3. haha, no---i don't know anyone who doesn't love nat :)

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  22. Lovely flowers. I hope to add some to my garden this year.

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    1. oh, let me know if you do---they smell divine---thanks christine :)

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  23. It sounds like it might be time to get that fountain in working order again. ; )

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    1. i know, i loved that fountain---i have another one there now--the first one was a three tiered angel topped one---then i had a boy drinking out of a water, fountain but when we brought him in for the winter, i didn't have the heart to put him back outdoors--now i have a kinda sphere modern fountain, it works:)

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  24. What a lovely bush. I'm not sure I've seen any in my entire neighborhood and I'm always checking out the landscaping when I jog to keep my mind off the lack of oxygen entering my lungs.

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    1. really---i do love them---haha, i admire your discipline susan :)

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  25. I know just what you mean about the smell...it really is intoxicating.

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  26. Lynn, we call gardenia "Bunga Cina" or "China Flower" and we have a children rhymes for it:

    "Buai laju-laju
    sampai balik sana
    apa dalam baju
    sekuntum bunga Cina"

    Let try my best to translate:

    Swing high to sour
    flying to the other side
    what is in your shirt
    a pretty gardenia

    Happy new week for A-Z challenge, Lynn.

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    1. omgosh, that is awesome!!! thanks so much for sharing this :)

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  27. I must also say I love Johnny Mahtis, he has a voice so firm, a diction so clear, one can learn English pronunciation from listening his song. What a lovely choice of song on Gardenia.

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    1. awww thanks, i feel the same way--he is one of a kind, isn't he :)

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  28. I had no idea that gardenia was related to the coffee plant..very interesting. I think that there is nothing quite like the fragrance of this lovely flower. xo

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    1. nothing i have discovered, either sherri :)

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  29. Gorgeous gardenia bush. It's so nice that your husband planted that lovely garden for you.

    Julie

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    1. it was nice of him--when ya get him started, he can be very creative--thanks julie :)

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  30. I don't think we can grow gardenias in Maine, but I do like their fragrance and they are pretty! Maybe an indoor plant would work out.

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    1. yeah, i am sure you are right--they are more southern--i hope you get one for the house donna!

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  31. Your gardenia bush looks beautiful. Isn't it amazing how something as trivial as the smell of a flower can produce such a powerful emotional response.

    Thanks for visiting my Grizzly Bear post,
    Dan Miller

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    1. thanks! it is a wonder and such a wonderful feeling sometimes---i really enjoyed your post dan!

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  32. I too love the scents of spring. Your plant looks lovely.

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    1. oh i know, me too--nothing like it, thanks cynthia :)

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  33. You have just reminded it me, it has been a while since I had some lovely flowers in the home. Something I must rectify today.

    Flowers are one of life's small pleasures, I love to see an English cottage garden in full bloom.

    National Trust properties are brilliant for anyone who loves flower gardens as all their properties are beautiful.
    Good post Lynn, and now I feel calmer too for listening to Johnny sing that song...his voice is very hypnotic.

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    1. oh i love to see pics of english cottages and their lovely gardens---i know, no one can sing like him--thanks maria :)

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  34. We have a huge gardenia bush in the backyard. I love the way it keeps the yard smelling nice even though there are three pups running around. :)

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    1. oh i know--it is very strong and lovely isn't it marie--awww three little pups <3

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