Friday, July 17, 2009

...the Queen of the Garden.


Jasmine, honeysuckle, tuberose, frangipani. All beautiful,white,creamy flowers that fill the air with amazing perfume. All stars of the garden in their own right. None however can come close to the Queen of them all...the Gardenia. Her flower has graced the wrist of many a young girl at proms and homecomings,her petals probably still dried and pressed between the pages of some long forgotten book. She has watched countless weddings from the lapels of anxious grooms everywhere, and has gained worldwide fame as the flower gracing the hair of the inimitable Miss Billie Holiday. Some have tried, unsuccessfully, to recreate her fragrance and capture it in bottles for purchase. All this, yet she can still be content to grow in the humble yards of those who choose to take the time. Mind you she is difficult and fickle to grow, often times dropping her buds well before their time. She doesn't like too much sun, can't quite take the shade, takes a huge amount of patience, but rewards those who dare with her intoxicating fragrance and creamy white petals. She lets us bring her into our homes to float serenely in crystal bowls, imparting her scent within our own four walls.
Next time you pass her at your local nursery, consider taking her home.
I guarantee, with a bit of love and patience, you will be rewarded ten times over.

3 comments:

RobinfromCA said...

You are oh so right. I haven't found the right spot in my yard for a gardenia but I have a friend who has the perfect spot on her walkway. The scent on the way to her front door is heaven!

Have a great weekend!
Robin

As Seen Through My Eyes.... said...

oh Pat, again...the way you use words is so beautiful.
Nurturing, really, in some strange way. I read your posts and I feel ....if I wrote about a gardena, this is exactly what I would wish to say. It's like you hit upon
'truth' in her essence, and present words, tap on memories and offer visuals that slide into my very being. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

brian said...

and i thought greg was queen of the garden. silly me, she's queen of the world.

there was a great gardenia at the front door of classic lighting. always a great way to start a work day, walking through the front door
as the scent lingers.

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