Late Bloomer

When I pulled into my driveway, something in my landscaping bed caught my eye. At first I thought it might be a small piece of paper trash that got stuck in the greenery. I sat in the car and squinted my eyes…is that…could it be…no, it couldn’t be…a gardenia bloom? 
Yes, a precious and perfect gardenia bloom. I think someone forgot to tell this sweet little gardenia that it’s September. All of its other gardenia friends came and went this past summer. But this little gem held out. It decided to bloom when it got good and darn ready. I’m glad she waited. She got all of my attention, so spoiled that one. 
I am convinced there is no greater smell on earth. I plopped myself down and just inhaled the delicate perfume. I checked the other plants and there were no other buds. This beauty will surely be the last one before winter. I tried my best to savor it.
Photos by: CMJ

Posted 9/20/10, Topic: Blog

  • shea
    September 20, 2010 at 10:40 pm |

    Beautiful photos! Gardenias are one of my favorites. They made up my wedding bouquet. She's perfect.

  • {BlueEyedYonder}
    September 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm |

    That was one of the down sides to getting married on a tropical island…no gardenias. My whole life I thought my bouquet would be bursting with their beautiful smell. They are by far one of my favorite flowers. So glad that they were able to make a home in your bouquet on your special day. :-)

  • ChinkyGirLMeL
    September 23, 2010 at 11:03 am |

    Wow, lovely photos, what a sweet unexpected surprise. Who would have thought that a flower would still bloom in fall.

  • Natalie at Our Old Southern House
    September 23, 2010 at 8:33 pm |

    ours are blooming again right now and i have vases in most of the rooms. they are my favorites too!

  • {BlueEyedYonder}
    September 23, 2010 at 10:27 pm |

    Lucky you! I would love the smell of fresh gardenias in my house right now. Do you know what variety you have?

  • natalie @ our old southern house
    October 2, 2010 at 1:08 pm |

    'august beauty' :-)
    you know me in my horticulture geekiness is going to know something like that! haha

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