A Garden of Gardenias

How much grace the gardenia, the Queen of fragrant flowers, bestows on the Southern garden! It is easy to see why they have been a Southern garden staple for generations.  Their glossy green foliage,  creamy white, velvet-like blossoms, and intoxicating perfume help to create romance in the garden.  The garden district home of Kathy and Bob Cleveland has some of the most gorgeous bushes that I have ever seen. 

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 Gardenias in one part of their garden form a hedge of exquisite blooms.

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Gardenias thrive in pots on decks and patios,  and are ideal for placing along garden pathways, near windows, and on corners of a house.  Although their blooms are rather short lived after cutting, gardenias will produce blooms from spring up until fall.    While gardenias originated in the Orient, they were named in honor of Dr. Alexander Garden, an 18th century botanist and physician from Charleston, South Carolina.

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Camellias require relatively little care.  Below are tips recommended by expert growers:

1.  They grow best in a location that provides morning sun and dappled afternoon shade.

2.  Cow manure and compost are recommended for promoting optimal growing conditions.

3.  Camellias thrive best in acidic soil.

4.  Feed every 3-4 weeks during growing season with an acid fertilizer, fish emulsion, or blood meal.

 

I’m thankful to have “cutting rights” in the Cleveland garden.  The lovely garden urn below is from their garden.  

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I enjoyed the sweet fragrance of gardenias in my home for several days.. 

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A few more scenes from their charming garden . . .

 

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Take a garden walk –

I love touring gardens, and I’m so fortunate to have friends who are master gardeners in their own right!  I thought readers would find it interesting to take a walk through their gardens.  For the next few weeks, I will be featuring five diverse, yet gorgeous gardens that are sure to bring beauty and inspiration into your day..

A traditional, more formal style garden-

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A cottage-syled garden in the heart of Dothan’s garden district –

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An English styled garden –

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A shady woodland garden with over 150 varieties of hydrangeas and over 200 cultivars of hosta –

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A Mississippi garden that has come “full circle” –

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“Lovely flowers are the smiles of God’s goodness”. – Wilberforce

 

 

 

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