February 15th, 2010
The Gardenia must be my favourite plant in February! When the gardenia begins to unfurl its perfect, thick white petals and send out its delicious sweet scent you know summer is here for sure! One of the many joys of gardening is the scent that each season introduces. The scent of the Gardenia is summer, and a hot summer is something that Gardenias love!
As well as the warmth of summer days they need plenty of water and feeding. But they reward you for all the work you put in with beautiful blooms which are pure white in full bloom, darkening to a creamy-yellow as they age. I keep my Gardenia in a pot, on my balcony, so that on warm summer evenings it can send out its fragrance in waves of pure joy! A lovely addition to a perfect cool summer evening!
Keeping my gardenia in a pot is also good for over wintering because I can keep it where the Old Man Frost cannot put his cold hands upon it. Something that no self respecting Gardenia would enjoy! No Gardenia will tolerate frost! The Gardenias are native to Africa and Asia, and enjoy warm situations. They do not care to get too cold. This year my dear little gardenia decided to tease me a little, as they do, by covering itself with buds – how exciting, and then only opening one flower at a time. The little tease! Still, I do love the gardenia, well, I do this month!