I don't think any flower on the planet gives your nose an AEROBIC workout like the gardenia.
When we planned our landscape many years ago...I indicated that I wanted fragrance in my courtyard....so I HAVE FRAGRANCE!!LOL
Every year at this time this little bush puts out flowers by the boatload and I cut blossoms and bring them in.
My house smells heavenly!!
I have little vases all over the house..
and each time I come in their aroma takes me back in time to a sweet high school memory.
I sort of faded into the woodwork in high school...you know...bad skin, hair that was never the way I wanted and really average clothes. I knew that I would not make it with my looks so I relied on humor to get me through. It worked for getting friends....BUT NOT DATES!!
Fast forward to the SweetHeart Dance...you know...girl asks boy. I had a crush on a Senior, Dwight Farley....I was a lowly freshman...and to make matters worse...he has a beautiful girlfriend...altho....at the time they were broken up. I asked....he accepted!!
I was in heaven...only real dance I ever attended in high school...no...never went to the prom...so this one has stayed with me forever. My corsage.....you guessed it GARDENIAS. He asked me what I wanted and I told him..GARDENIAS... Wore a hand me down dress as I recall...one my mother wore and made over for me...but I didn't care...I felt special and very pretty at the time.
SO EACH TIME I SMELL THAT DELICIOUS FRAGRANCE IT TAKES ME BACK IN TIME TO THIS SPECIAL SWEET MEMORY and the wonderful young boy I spent the evening with dancing away.
Don't know where he is now..probably married that high school sweetheart of his!!..
But....if you are out there Dwight....thanks again for a wonderful