This is the only photo of my Gardenias I have, because...blah, blah, I lost all others on my last computer, of course! And my poor bushes perished this winter in all of the ice and snow. They are trying to come back, but, I don't think they'll ever be like this again. They did flourish for about 5 years, tho. I love Gardenias...as mine would bloom, I would cut from 3 to 5 of them to bring in. They had short stems, so I had to figure out how to display them effectively. I had a shallow clear crystal bowl and would place 'ice cube-like' rocks in the bottom of the bowl. Then I would strategically arrange light blue marble-shaped glass globes on top of the clear crystals. I could then, carefully, place the 'Gardenias' on top in a minimal amount of water, and gently push the stems into the glass baubles to stay in place. Thus, the 'Gardenias' had the appearance of floating, and you got the reflections of the clear glass cubes and blue marbles that gave a 'watery' look to the arrangement. And I truly believe that the water kept the scent of the 'Gardenias' fresh and longer lasting. Oh, what aroma!
And it brings to mind an alltime favorite...
Jungle Gardenia by Tuvaché
"The World's Most Exotic Perfume"
What a fragrance! 'Jungle Gardenia' was first introduced in 1932 by the Tuvaché Company in New York. When I was a kid, 'Jungle Gardenia' was a favorite on the "Queen For A Day Show". All of the contestants would receive a bottle of 'Jungle Gardenia', and I had always wished to be able to have a bottle myself one day. And then, in the 1970's sometime, I bought myself a small bottle. Mmm...how wonderful! But I used it sparingly, since it really wasn't in my budget. I just wore it on occasions, and only to work if I was wearing green that day. How funny! I think some of the game shows like "Truth Or Consequences" continued to gift 'Jungle Gardenia' for some years, and you can still purchase this lovely fragrance today, (by the way, it is more affordable now). I haven't had any in years, and other 'Gardenia' fragrances just don't hold up to the original 'Jungle Gardenia'.
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Next, I want to share with you some garden tips. This is where I have gotten a great deal of help for garden design and the care and raising of plants for my part of the country. Southern Living magazine posts garden tips every month, and when I saw the article on 'Gardenias' in June's issue, a sweet note struck home. I know a lot of gardeners do love 'Gardenias', and this article offers a few good tips.
Please click on the Southern Living link if you have a moment.
And, I want to thank all of my readers for your gracious AND funny comments and input to my blogs. I know some of us are still having some trouble with our blogs...I have had trouble this week leaving comments on a few blogs, I hope you all know I am still reading and following and will continue to attempt my "hellooos" to you. And I noticed that my list of followers has disappeared from my sidebar-I tried to revive it, but to no avail. Sheesh!!! I've already lost one whole post...is this some kind of sign?
* Have a safe and pleasant Memorial Day weekend! *
Grandson Shawn on a verrry chilly April 1st, 2011
" Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are."