In A Vase On Monday—Gardenias

In A Vase On Monday - Gardenias

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenias

Monday brings the chance to share cut flowers from the garden by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday.

I had planned all week to feature Zinnia ‘Profusion Fire’ in my Monday vase, but as I walked through the garden I was tempted by other choices. At last the cosmos is in full bloom.

Gardenia, Cosmos, Zinnia 'Profusion Fire', Chrysanthemum

Gardenia, Cosmos, Zinnia ‘Profusion Fire’, Chrysanthemum

Cosmos

Cosmos

On the north side of the house Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ is newly blooming, but upon inspection I saw the weekend rain had damaged its first few flowers. I brought them indoors anyway to enjoy the fragrance.

Growing beside the camellia I was surprised to find so many flowers on the two passalong gardenia shrubs. They must like the rain and the cooler weather. They won me over and I collected the nicest ones for a simple table arrangement.

In A Vase On Monday - Gardenias

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenias

The container is a small green Seagrove pottery vase given to me in 2007 by a dear friend.

In A Vase On Monday - Gardenias

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenias

Materials
Gardenia jasminoides

In A Vase On Monday - Gardenias

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenias

Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower addiction. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday and feel free to join in.

40 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Gardenias

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Marian, the gardenias are such a surprise. Of course, they are so fragile and started turning brown anywhere I touched the blossom. Hope your weather is calmer.

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  1. Christina

    The Gardenias and the bowl look perfect Susie. I still have to try to find a Gardenia for my garden, I’m sure if I can find a relatively hardy one it should survive. The Cosmos is such a pretty colour, worth the wait but maybe Zinnias are a better option when deciding how much space to devote to each plant as they flower for so long. My first zinnias in a vase were on the 8th June and they’ve produced flowers every week since!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Wonder what would be the best gardenia for you to try? My newest gardenia cultivar I’d planted in early summer didn’t make it, but these flowers came from a passalong from my neighbor 14 years ago. No name but I love them. The two bushes are outside the main garden on the north side and look great year-round. I agree Zinnias pack a lot of punch all summer. Have a good week.

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  2. Donna@Gardens Eye View

    Susie you seem to find the perfect vase and props for your flowers…this is really stunning…a perfect vase to let the gardenia show themselves off. i wish I could grow these…..you still have tons of blooms there too.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Oh I do admire Brancusi! Maybe that’s why I like the dove so much. Wonder if there is a kickstarter campaign yet for scratch and sniff computing? Have a good week!

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  3. Kris P

    As the saying goes, you’re spoiled for choice this week, Susie! I was surprised the hear that your Camellia sasanqua are already blooming – of course, with our ongoing heat, it may be best if mine take their time in making an arrival. The Gardenias are absolutely gorgeous and the vase is just perfect to show them and their glossy foliage off.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Sometimes there is such a bounty when one least expects it Kris. It was nice to have the luxury of a choice this week. The camellia is just about on time. My Yuletide will come later (Thanksgiving, though–it won’t wait for Christmas!). Thanks!

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  4. Hannah

    Your vase is exquisite, such lovely texture and glaze, and light reflections, Susie. It is perfect for your wonderful gardenias, I love their fragrance. I’ve tried to grow them here but get cold snaps that wipe out the more tender plants. They look like a bridal bouquet from above. The dove and black base are a beautiful match for the flowers. I would love to get some Camellia sasanqua flowers this year, here’s hoping.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Hannah! The gardenias are borderline hardy here. These particular ones do better than others I have scattered around the garden. Funny you mentioned bridal as I had the same thought. I wanted gardenias for my bridal bouquet years ago but the florist convinced me they don’t hold up very well. I hope your camellia season is bounteous.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks, I am so enjoying the gardenia fragrance today. I agree about the cosmos. Even thought it took a long time to bloom, I’m happy to see the flowers.

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  5. Cathy

    The Gardenias look lovely in your green vase, but all the other flowers you picked look great too…. glad your cosmos finally got going. I have a few more cosmos flowers coming now, despite the cold. But the foliage is looking a bit sad now!

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      1. Cathy

        Yes, I agree. Perhaps we’ll have more luck next year. I have just cut down some of mine and brought some leftovers indoors for another vase!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Cath. These passalong gardenias came to me 6-inches high in a couple of yogurt cups. They’ve performed better than other named cultivars.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I wouldn’t have the patience for indoor gardening, so it’s lucky I live where gardenias can be happy in the garden. (Actually we’re borderline and I’ve killed off several this year, but these passalongs are content.)

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