Day 12-Something Beautiful: The exquisite gardenia

The gardenia lured me first because it was elegant and romantic. I wanted to be a torch singer just to have one in my hair. I had one almost every New Year’s Eve I sang. The sensuous, creamy petals, exquisite smell, shiny dark forest green leaves–intoxicating. I’m still baffled that I didn’t have them for my wedding. Next time. (If there is one.)  They are timeless, perfect and my favorite flower. Some day, I will learn not to kill their plants. (One can only hope.) Wishing you scents as lovely as their blossoms and much more.

gardenia jasminoides (own)


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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2 Responses to Day 12-Something Beautiful: The exquisite gardenia

  1. Bea Neal says:

    My very favorite flower, too. And, I also can’t seem to manage to keep a plant alive. Beautiful picture. I can almost smell it. 🙂

  2. Chas Spain says:

    I was going to say the same thing – ditto Bea – I’m sure I could smell this beautiful bloom too. A good friend had her 60th birthday on the weekend and it gave me a nice excuse to buy a bouquet of white, green and grey flowers.

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