Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Gardenia Hedge

One of my favourite things about summer is the smell of gardenias. When I was a little girl, I planted a gardenia tree outside my bedroom window so I could smell the perfume when the window was open on warm summer nights.
I now have a gardenia hedge which, despite being neglected this year, has nevertheless produced beautiful blooms. This would be thanks to the weeks of wet weather, most likely.
I keep a bunch on my desk so I have the fragrance with me all day and park my car near the hedge so I can smell the flowers every time I go out!


  1. Gardenias are one of my favourites too and I recently found a new variety - the native gardenia. These are trees not shrubs and are very hardy. I planted them a few months and haven't got any blooms yet so I'm waiting to see if the perfume is the same as the shrub.

  2. I love the scent of gardenias too. And murraya. And the big fat red roses out the front of my house are just amazing this year. Not that I had anything to do with that...

  3. I discovered we had a gardenia (very neglected) growing in our garden thanks to its distinct scent. In the garden of our first house we planted a night scented jasmine bush close to our back deck so we could have a lovely fragrance on warm summer nights.