Every year, I am gifted with the heady scent of a gardenia bloom. The previous years, I was just so happy seeing one or two, three at the most blooming all at once. This year though, they bloomed early and almost every tip of my gardenia shrub has buds. I can’t resist making a flower arrangement. These are flowers of my childhood, mom used to grow them lined at the walkway going to our front door.
I planted three cuttings of the Shanghai Beauty shrub three weeks ago in a plastic pot and I was surprised when instead of producing small leaves, the end tip of one cutting has tender buds about to bloom and the two remaining ones are thriving nicely under the heat of the sun. When you are rewarded by something like this, gardening becomes more addicting, for want of a better word.
….the calm and quiet
after a day’s work
loving the smell of newly trimmed
and seeing the repotted plants
lining up the wall
a hot cup of peppermint tea
and chocolate cookies.
another perfect day
despite the hard work.
being a gardener has its rewards…..