Monday, June 4, 2012

Sultry as a summer evening

"Sultry as a summer evening and as intoxicating as an exotic perfume, the scent of gardenias settles like a memory onto your soul. The blossoms are just as enticing. Buds shaped like seashells unfurl into velvet soft flowers in the warmth and humidity of early evening. But it's the fragrance that captivates."

The gardenias are in bloom throughout my neighborhood and the scent is everywhere, including just outside my door.  It's a scent that I think of as purely Southern, though the plant originated in the orient. And it's a scent that tells me summer is here.   I'm tempted to tuck a bloom behind my ear, Billie Holliday style.



This is the time of year when I long for a sleeping porch - a screened bedroom where I could feel the night breezes, smell the gardenias,  and wake to the birds singing.  
The young birds are everywhere in the garden now.  Cardinals, brown thrashers, towhees, and robins.
Most of the nests are out of sight, but a pair of robins built a nest just off of our deck where I was able to keep watch until they fledged.

So much has been happening in the garden, and I've not had time to record it here - unless I wanted to give up my garden time for blog time.  I do have photos and hope to share some more of them soon.

11 comments:

PlantPostings said...

Ah, Gardenias! I think in a past life I must have been a southern girl because I long for the plants that thrive in your climate. Plus, you can still grow many of the "northern" plants, too--like Peonies and Lilacs. Yours seems like the perfect locale for a gardener.

Willow said...

I love gardenias but do not have luck in my garden with them. I recently bought 2 prints that look just like the ones in your garden. If I can't grown them at least I can have some pictures of them. HA! HA!

Donna said...

Gardenias...something I don't grow that i would love to...lots going on indeed and all the wonderful feathered visitors gracing your garden...we have robins again in our front porch tree...nature is a wonder...great to hear from you Ginny!! Happy Gardening...

NellJean said...

Great post and your photos are lovely.

Gardenias are not difficult. I root new ones every year. Most folks love them to death, panicking at the sight of a few yellow leaves which are a natural phenomenon.

Alistair said...

Gardenias, very beautiful, wont grow in Aberdeen though. You wouldnt be very comfortable on a porch over here Ginny, not in the least bit sultry.

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Aww, love the photos of the nest!

Stiletto said...

I love gardenias. Its fragrance is heady and pervades the garden.

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Carolyn ♥ said...

Missing you, Ginny. Hope all is well.

Alistair said...

A new look Ginny, but no new post?