Floral Friday: First Gardenia Flower

A few weeks ago, my daughter sent me a gardenia bonsai, “Just because I love you, Mom.” What a lovely surprise it was, and I stood it in my kitchen, read the instructions and waited for the buds to come out. I was supposed to mist it daily, keep the pebbles moist in the tray and make sure not to water it too much. Not that difficult really. My daughter was disappointed when she saw the photo, because in the brochure, it showed a bright red pot with many flowers already blooming.


I followed the instructions religiously, but all that happened was that a couple of buds fell off. Then I had the bright idea to stand it outside in the humidity instead of inside in the air conditioning. Light bulb moment! The very next day, my first flower started to appear and now it’s looking gorgeous.


The fragrance is wonderful and takes me back to when I was a teenager in the 60’s. For Christmas, my very favourite aunt bought me my first bottle of perfume, which was ‘Gardenia’ by Goya. I can still remember how excited I was when I opened the bottle and dabbed a couple of drops behind my ears.


Tonight we’re going to see the fabulous Judy Carmichael performing at one of our local theatres. I wish I could play piano just like her. Tomorrow evening, we have dinner and dancing here at the club, so that should be fun too. Wishing you all a very happy weekend.



42 comments on “Floral Friday: First Gardenia Flower

  1. I love gardenias, I carried them when my husband and I were married. I have two large bushes in our yard and they are loaded with buds and should be blooming any day. If you are going to be gone for a couple of months, I’d plant your gardenia.

    • How lovely your wedding bouquet must have been, Karen. My gardenia is a bonsai so I’m not sure how it would fare in the garden, besides which, I’m sure the Iguanas would eat those buds in a jiffy. 😳

    • Thanks Gunta. When someone buys you a house plant it’s almost like getting a pet. You have to really look after it and make sure it doesn’t die. I remember when our son was into keeping silk worms in a shoe box and they all died whilst he was away at school summer camp. 😳 We had to scout around to find some more so he wouldn’t know what had happened. πŸ˜…

    • Thanks, Sue. My daughter does spoil me. We received wine and chocolates the following day. πŸ™‚ Yes, the gardenia is much happier on my table outside. I hope it will survive whilst we’re away for a couple of months.

  2. how sweet of your daughter, Sylvia. I’m sure she’ll be happy to see it blossoming and brought you fond memories. sounds like a fun weekend ahead. enjoy! πŸ™‚

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