An earlier post gave background info on the gardenia plant and described one that’s been blooming in our front yard. A few of the buds have come cut off and placed in water on the kitchen pass-through where we’ve been enjoying them for up to 2 days at a time.
The fragrance has been wonderful whenever a breeze blew through the open kitchen windows. Alas, our enjoyment is fast coming to a close, because while some new buds are blooming , most have already opened. . .
Most are past their prime . . .
But still quite lovely . . .
Bloom time for a gardenia can be from 3-8 days, but closer to the shorter end of that range. Gardenia blossoms bruise and turn brown easily when touched or when it’s windy. They open white and then mature to creamy yellow. When the flowers start to brown, they should be removed to make room for new buds and flowers.