It is time again to join in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday. The goal is to fill a vase using materials gathered in one’s own garden.
Last week I passed on using gardenias in my Monday vase as they were a bit past their prime; nevertheless I enjoyed some indoors for a few days.
A few more were blooming Sunday afternoon and though again they are not in perfect condition, even seeming to turn brown before my eyes, I decided to feature them today to honor their delectable fragrance.
Many of you will be able to close your eyes, take a deep breath in and imagine a gardenia sitting before you.
…the scent of gardenias settles like a memory onto your soul.
Gene B. Bussell. “Gardenias: A Fragrance That Captivates“. Southern Living. June 2005.
Another reason to display gardenias today is I came across a self-seeded red salvia from last year. Its first flowers appeared this week and I thought their intense hue would look interesting with the creamy white of gardenias. Despite the reputation of red salvia for being overused, I find them attractive and sometimes just what one needs for a bright punch of color in the garden.
I was curious how these flowers might work in a formal arrangement, but not having time today to experiment, the blossoms were loosely placed into a simple, clear shrub glass. Gardenias have beautiful dark green, glossy leaves so no additional foliage was needed.
2 Gardenia jasminoides ‘Chuck Hayes’
2 Gardenia sp.
3 Salvia splendens (scarlet sage, red salvia)
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting. Discover what delightful things she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.
The striking red and creamy white look perfect together. Interestingly many other vases are using white today too.
The colors seemed out-of-season and Christmasy but I liked the combination. I had brought in many other flowers but had no time to work with them yesterday.
Glad your gardenias finally bloomed for you. Lovely red and white color combination.
Thanks John, the gardenias are a late season treat.
I am so glad you picked a few of your gardenias to put in this lovely vase and the colors are striking. I love the dark green foliage too!
The foliage is a nice feature of gardenias. They stay nice year-round.
Great colour combo. Wonder if the Union jack will lose the blue if the Scots vote Yes and we are left just red and white.
Well that’s an interesting thing to ponder. I hadn’t thought before about how the flag might be altered. It’s such a recognizable symbol.
Such a gorgeous Monday morning treat…Such a wonderful way to start the week.
Thanks Charlie, I’m glad to be part of making your week off to a good start.
Thats a really striking arrangement Susie, and Gardenias! I always thought of them as Mediterranean plants. Its really interesting to see what you can grow, do you treat them as an annual where you are?
Thanks Julie. A lot of southern US gardens feature gardenias, but as I leaned this year they may not survive the cold. These have been planted as shrubs in my yard for about 12 years.
It’s an elegant vase, Susie. The gardenias look perfect to my eye and the salvia gives the arrangement an unexpected punch. My own gardenia failed to produce a single bloom this year – too hot and dry perhaps.
Sad you missed seeing your gardenia bloom this year. Mine missed the spring blooming period so that’s why I’m so pleased to see a few at the end of summer. They do need a lot of water, don’t they.
Now that is just downright gorgeous and I can almost smell it. 🙂
Thanks Judy. The fragrance is delightful.
A lovely colour combination. I can smell the gardenias from here. Heavenly!
Thanks! Red and white aren’t necessarily what one thinks of as late summer colors, but they seemed to call out to be paired up this week.
Stunning! You have wowed me again Susie. The Salvia was an ingenious idea. 🙂
Cathy, thanks so much. Only this one salvia plant reseeded and it took all summer to bloom–I just had to give it its due today.
Oh that’s a most striking vase – colour and scent – you could not wish for more Susie. What an apt quote to accompany the images. I’m closing my eyes now ….
Thanks Anna, hope you picked up a whiff of the gardenia!
I have to confess I have no idea what a gardenia smells like, but I still like the quote which we could probably relate to a few other flowers as well. I know what you mean about these salvias which are often used in massed public planting schemes in the UK but with the gardenias they take on a whole different appearance, elegant and sophisticated. Lovely.
You’re so right Cathy. Many well-loved flowers make a long-lasting impression on our memories.
Even to a northerner like me the scent of gardenias bring back vacation and greenhouse memories.
Your arrangement is a surprise, like you said, Christmassy but very clean and pure and pleasing for this time of year. I would have never thought of the salvias in a vase, and I like it!
Glad you like the salvia/gardenia pair. That red salvia has held up pretty well–it was really had the freshest blooms of anything in the garden the other day when I prepared that arrangement, so figured I might as well try it.
Very lovely arrangement. I wish I could grow gardenias here. I haven’t had any luck but i’m still longing for the chance to sniff it’s lovely scent.
Thanks Pris. Do you still grow gardenia in a pot indoors, or am I mixing that up with jasmines.