We have two large gardenia bushes in our backyard. One of them is immediately next to our deck. When we first moved into our house it was late summer and I didn’t know what the bush was nor did I pay it much attention. The following June, I was sitting on the deck and an amazing scent wafted up. I looked down at the bush and saw the gardenia blossoms. I had mistakenly believed that gardenias only grew in much warmer climates and never imagined that I was sitting atop one.
There are many varieties of gardenias. I think our gardenias are Gardenia jasminoides ‘Chuck Hayes,’ which is a particularly large and cold hardy variety. It produces huge double white blooms that are intensely fragrant.
I began my weekly yard bouquet challenge because I so seldom take real advantage of the plants we have growing in our yard and I adore having fresh flowers in the house. That said, gardenias are about the only flower we have in our yard that I’ve clipped before. In fact, I think I’ve clipped gardenia flowers every June since we moved in. Yet I lack imagination in my gardenia bouquets; I always display them the same way, floating in a bowl of water:
I did a quick Internet search to see if I could gather some ideas of other ways to make a bouquet of gardenias. I couldn’t, but I was oddly giddy to see this almost identical “bouquet” of gardenias you can order via floral delivery priced at $59. Wow, I sure must be fancy.
I didn’t find any great ideas online about how else to create a gardenia bouquet, so I decided to keep things simple and clip just a single gardenia to display in a bud vase:
So now I have two gardenia bouquets and they both make the house smell divine.
If you’d like to see the 10 previous flowers I’ve clipped from the yard, click on the “Yard Bouquets” link below.