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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Chuck Hayes Gardenia

What, you may wonder, is the big deal about one single gardenia blossom?? I'll tell you. Gardenias are terribly difficult here and after surviving two zone 7 winters, this is my very first blossom from Chuckie! I'm so excited! (And, to think I almost missed it.) Alas, I see no other buds...but one can hope.

You can't see it, but there is a Kleim's Hardy behind Chuck Hayes. Also has made it through a second winter, but doesn't look quite as chipper. I'm thinking it doesn't get enough sun, but not sure I am brave enough to move it. Will ponder this. It is enough for now to finally have a gardenia bloom on its own in my humble garden!


California Gardener in Zone 23 said...

Congratulations. Your gardenia plant is so green. Maybe more blooms later in the season. Keep your fingers crossed!

WashingtonGardener said...

Congratulations! I'm sure it smells heavenly and yes, they are a pain to get into bloom here. My own was run over by a careless neighbors lawn mower (don't ask!) last year - it is now potted up and being babied. No blooms yet, but I wait in anticipation.

Gotta Garden said...

Thanks, california gardener! (My toes are crossed, too!)

I appreciate it, washintongardener! So sorry about yours; best wishes on its recovery! Most excellent magazine; I enjoy it very much!

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