In A Vase on Monday- Corsage Ready

20180909_153340-1Gardenias always remind me of corsages. My mother, for some inexplicable reason, wanted a Gardenia wrist corsage when I married-unfortunately, it was April and no Gardenias could be found. She settled for Orchids. Non wrist at that.


These are Tropical Gardenias (Tabernaemontana divericata). The fragrance is not as strong as Gardenia jasminoides, but similar. This particular one is about 10 feet tall and I have been slowly reclaiming it from the blob of plant material that separates me from my favorite neighbor. The blob is a professional term I learned while in design school at The University of Georgia. One of my professors is probably feeling a really bad vibe right about now.


My favorite neighbor also shared her big white Cattleya Orchid with me. Never one to struggle with convention, I installed it on a tomato cage hoping for an Orchid tower in the garden outside my Living Room window. I have been rewarded with three huge buds and am hoping for another corsage ready vase next week. Wrist band optional.


26 comments on “In A Vase on Monday- Corsage Ready

  1. Gardenias do smell so good. I think our mothers’ generation used them quite a bit. I was searching for them for my mother-in-law’s 50th anniversary. I have two good bushes.

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    • I think our mother’s generation was a bit more forgiving of things not being perfect, like brown edges on the floral arrangements, the scent offset the edges. Or there was a secret, like lemon juice in the water that has been lost to time!

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  2. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful! I love gardenias for flowers and fragrance, but also for their beautiful fragrance. When I got married my florist refused my request for gardenias because they can turn brown so quickly, she didn’t want that responsibility.

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  3. Joanna says:

    Oh my, I’m a little jealous! Gardenias smell soooo good! 🙂

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  4. Peter Herpst says:

    Another wonderful arrangement. The fragrance must be divine!

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  5. Cathy says:

    What beautiful blooms – it is interesting to read that they can be a generational thing…and I am not too sure about the practicalities of a wrist corsage… 😉

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  6. Kris P says:

    I speculate that your tropical gardenia would have made a better wrist corsage – the other gardenia discolors so readily when touched. Yours certainly makes a lovely arrangement.

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  7. Chloris says:

    Fabulous, I struggle with indoor gardenias, it must be wonderful to grow them outside. I am envious of your cattleya too and looking forward to seeing it.

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Very elegant – I love gardenias, the fragrance is swoon-worthy!

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  9. These are simply gorgeous!!

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  10. tonytomeo says:

    Gardenias (the common ones) are so unpredictable here. They can be very unhappy and eventually die in gardens where they get pampered, or be very happy in situations that they should not be happy in. One of the best gardenias that I can remember lived in a hole in the concrete between the curb and sidewalk.

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  11. Christina says:

    The blooms are gorgeous and the globe shaped bowl in very attractive.

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  12. Noelle says:

    They look so exotic.


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