Early this spring, walking into the greenhouse at Lowes, I was knocked over by the scent of dozens of gardenia topiary trees blooming. I instantly longed for a gardenia, but they were quite pricey, and I had always read about how finicky they are to winter over (they want HIGH humidity, bright but indirect light, etc.-the humidity part is what i fear the most, as the Penthouse is quite dry in the winter). Last week, however, they were missing from the front of the garden center...so I headed to the back. Sure enough I found them...marked down to $24.00!!!! I will be consulting my friend and gardening buddy Marissa soon, as she has a gardenia she overwintered now residing on her front steps, and it looks lovely as ever. I also need to decide if I want to move him to the Garden for the rest of the summer, or just keep him to myself (and perhaps ease the transition to living indoors).
|I picked the healthiest looking one. He's rather crooked, but had the most buds and thickest leaves.|
|The scent is amazing!|
|I've read that excessive heat causes the flowers to turn yellow. Pure white is lovely, but the yellow blooms are still rather pretty.|
|So many buds to open!|
|You can see the yellow creeping in.|
|This one is much more yellow...I hope the temperature drops a bit so i can get a few more white blooms.|
|What a wonderful addition to what I am going to have to call my plant "Collection".|