Tales of a Reluctant Gardenia's life in Northern New England
Sunday, August 1, 2010
The Waiting is the Hardest Part (This one's for you, Sarah)
Even though I have placed my gardenia in a sunny, sunny spot, I am still perplexed as to how she could STILL not have shared ONE bloom with me. So, I have been moving her around the yard, following the sun, in the hopes that amping up the light factor will help.
I also thought it might be time to get her into a new pot. I know this one is a little over sized, but she'll grow into it, and I'm pretty sure over sized clothing on chicks is a fashion trend anyway, or it was and will be again.
Can you beat the color? And wouldn't you feel blooming beautiful in a dress like this? (Hint, hint!) And by the way, I can't for the life of me make this picture turn the right way.
Pretty nice, huh?
I love the Internet so much with all the information that is available with the touch of the mouse-pad. I have surely been on every site and followed every link for gardenia care, as well as many other plants, and I am such a hypocrite when I chastise my kids for sitting in front of the computer for hours on end. But it struck me the other day that I should refer to my very own gardening books as well!
Here are two of my favorites: Rodale's Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, (one of my most used wedding gifts) and Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (x-mas '85 from Clay, Best Brother Ever).
Anyway, Rodale tells me that G. Veitchii (aka Gardenia) , should be summered outside in a "shaded moist location"! Oh no! I'll have to rethink the whole sun thing! On second thought, I'm thinking this advice is directed at people who live in areas that are blisteringly hot in the summer, so until someone clears this up for me, it's status quot. Rodale also says that the leaves that drop make a good mulch for the plant, so now I won't feel all gloom-and-doom when I find one.
Cunningham tells me the following:
Gender: Feminine Planet: Moon Element: Water Powers: Love, Peace, Healing, Spirituality Magical Uses: The fresh blossoms are placed in sickrooms or on healing altars to aide in the process. The dried petals are also added to healing incenses and mixtures. Dried gardenia is also scattered around a room to induce peaceful vibrations and is also added to Moon incense. Gardenias are used in love spells, and to attract good spirits during rituals. They are possessed of very high spiritual vibrations.
And actually, years ago I used this information to make a gardenia sachet for a wonderful room-mate to help her attract a guy she had her eye on! It didn't work, but she deserved better anyway, so hah on him.
This tiny little pot is an oil diffuser acquired at a little shop in France, again, years ago (and I'm feeling a little uncomfortable at how easily that phrase rolls off my tongue), pre defusing
sticks. The bottom is unglazed, so the oil slowly
seeps out into a little saucer and scents the room. Mine holds ...yes, that's right, gardenia oil! It's very sweet to look at, dresses up the bathroom, but I can't really smell it unless I go right up to it, and
the saucer is stuck fast to the shelf from the seeping oil! By the way, I think it is fake oil, but it has a fabulous smell.