Thursday, April 05, 2007

Now Spring is Officially Here

This is the very first bloom from my Gardenia bush this year. It signifies to me that Spring has officially arrived. In my opinion, walking into the kitchen in the morning and smelling the fragrance of this flower is one of the most perfect ways to begin a day.

Soon my house will have lots of these blossoms nested in little bowls of water but this first one is something so special to me. The purity and beauty of another growing season is upon us and I welcome it wholeheartedly. Thank you Mother Nature, your work is beautiful.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so right! I get that feeling about christmas when the first xmas lilly is in bloom!
Mother nature is indeed wonderful, I thank her with you!
P.s You have grown a gorgeously LARGE gardenia ;~)


April 05, 2007 2:36 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

Now...if we can just keep Mother Nature unbesmirched.

April 05, 2007 2:49 AM  
Blogger Fixer said...

I know it's spring when my landscaper knocks on my door and asks if I still want him to work for me this year. Usually the Sunday before Easter. He didn't disappoint his past weekend.

April 05, 2007 3:18 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Yes, a very beautiful flower!

We have had another freeze out here.

No snow as predicted, but after some 70s last week, we're around and below 30 through the weekend. ; (

April 05, 2007 3:40 AM  
Blogger Dr. Know said...

Really nice, huge bloom, POP.
I've coaxed a couple of long neglected (by the previous gardener) gardenias to bloom here, but they are still somewhat temperamental about the sudden scorching hot to 30 degree swings we have here in spring. Nevertheless, the last couple of years, for the first time, they have been loaded with blooms. And the fragrance is one of my favorites, although it seems that these hybrids don't possess the complex, yet sweet smell of the species but are instead somewhat acrid. Pretty nice, but not like the shrubs I grew when young.

A tip for those who may have gardenias that sport yellowing leaves, they really eat Iron and need supplements in our red clay soil!

Also, our first hummers have arrived, robins have built a nest and laid eggs on the garden arbor I built last year. More spring pix at my site.
Robin's Nest

Ramble... ramble... ramble...

April 05, 2007 4:08 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Beautiful, glorious. I can smell the fragrance just by your description. We're supposed to get a bit of a nip in the next couple of days, but that just makes the strawberries sweeter and the flowers last longer. Enjoy.

April 05, 2007 4:17 AM  
Blogger mommanator said...

thank you for the lovely flower! I wish I could smell! It is my favorite flower! Love The smell, had in my wedding bouquet!

April 05, 2007 4:30 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

I know spring has officially arrived here when we get snow during spring break.

April 05, 2007 5:04 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

There was some snow last night here, Lew. I don't know about spring break, but it's easier for the Easter Bunny to hide his eggs that way..

April 05, 2007 5:06 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I love my daffodils that signal spring but a gardenia! Jealous.

April 05, 2007 6:13 AM  
Blogger Floridacracker said...

Beautiful. The smell is a little too much like grandma perfume for my tastes, but it is very pretty.
Nice cockle too.

April 05, 2007 7:20 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

Yes spring is here - after seeing the daffodills come up and getting sunburned at little pogo's soccer tourney week before last,it was 28 degrees here this morning and a little snow was on the cars, with temps as low as 21 and no higher than 40 predicted for the next 2 days. Ahhh, spring in the mid Atlantic. As up and down as a certain premenopausal woman who is very close to me.

April 05, 2007 7:25 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

gorgeous blossom. Spring is in the air, even in Los Angeles - we are getting coastal fog like you would not believe. As the Valley heats up, it pulls the moisture off the ocean, and we get fog.

April 05, 2007 7:26 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Ahhh... the smell of gardenias in the spring, right up there with mock oranges in Feb. I loved 'em in LA.

April 05, 2007 7:34 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I haven't smelled a gardenia in years, but just looking at that photo reminds me of it. Such deep intense fragrance.

I love your tiled counter too. We're thinking about tiling ours, and I definitely like the look here. Nice.

April 05, 2007 8:02 AM  
Blogger Blueberry said...

That's a beauty! Fred doesn't eat cut flowers, does he? My four prevent us from being able to have greenery or blooms in the house.

We are well into Spring here too. The mosquitoes are back, and boy are they hungry!

April 05, 2007 8:53 AM  
Blogger Dr. Know said...

Oh, come on, Floridacracker, do you not love grandmas? LOL

April 05, 2007 8:59 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Sure POP, just rub it in! Can you believe it got cold here last night? What the hell is going on? It actually got chilly here in Katrinaland! The last few days, I had to run the AC. Now, the ceiling fan makes it cold in here. WTF!!!!! BTW, love the flowers.

April 05, 2007 9:08 AM  
Blogger Time said...

It was 80 out 9 days ago. Today we have a foot of snow and below 0 wind chills! Spring in Minnesota!

April 05, 2007 9:20 AM  
Blogger Aaron A. said...

Still a foot of snow here,

I'm jealous.

April 05, 2007 9:25 AM  
Blogger Lola Heatherton said...

Oh, I just LOVE Gardenias. They're so pretty, it's scary. HA HAAA HAA HAA HAA. Who said they smell like grandmothers?

April 05, 2007 10:28 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

Nice! Today seems to be the day for flower blogging! I came home from my trip to find nectarine & orange trees in full bloom and a flowering cactus. Ah, Spring.

April 05, 2007 11:19 AM  
Blogger C-dell said...

Very beautiful flower. I love spring. Winter I hate.

April 05, 2007 11:53 AM  
Blogger michael the tubthumper said...

we have been getting our first properly good weather (rather than just not freezing cold) for ages too after the rahter brutal winte r we get here

April 05, 2007 1:05 PM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

When I checked last weekend my gardenias were in full bud and I was expecting blooms within a week or two but a frost is expected in the northern Atlanta burbs this weekend and we'll just have to hope it is not a killing one. They can stand a little chill the buds are pretty fragile just before blooming. The smell of the gardenia and the sweet betsy are my clues that we can start the garden in earnest.

April 05, 2007 1:58 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

That "first flower" is always so special.;) I clipped a few of ours when they first appeared, put them in a bowl of water...and just stared at them for the longest time.:) I think it's the human hope factor, after a long winter.:)

April 05, 2007 6:41 PM  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Beautiful flower, POP. It is favored by a former girlfriend.

April 05, 2007 7:57 PM  
Anonymous abi said...

While Mother Nature was treating you to that nice blossom, she was treating me to a few more inches of snow.

Well, they're both white...

April 05, 2007 7:58 PM  
Blogger owlhouse said...

I've been following links, reading too many evil/ignorant posts- and am so apprecitive to find your flower and praise of spring.
many thanks. cheers!

April 05, 2007 11:21 PM  
Blogger Sammi2u said...

Beautiful! I am slightly jealous since we were treated to snow yesterday, but soon enough we will be as blessed as you with the beauty of Spring flowers! Thanks as always for sharing!

April 06, 2007 11:26 AM  
Anonymous RJ Adams said...

I adore Gardenias. Illinois is still basking in night-time 19-20 degrees F. A near record low according to our local weather station. Disastrous for the new shoots just emerging in the hope of spring sunshine. Have a very happy Easter.

April 06, 2007 7:37 PM  

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