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Summer Fragrance, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Summer Fragrance

By Beverly Hicks Burch

The South has had a love affair with many botanical plants for centuries. We’re quite well known for many of them in fact. Think azalea and one’s mind almost equally thinks Southern. It’s the same for rhododendrons, dogwoods, camellias, magnolias, jasmine and one scourge we just as soon be rid of…kudzu. Phooey!

Kudzu is a virulent Native Asian vine worthy of a sci-fi flick…it has literally been called “the vine that ate the south”. This stuff is scary…you can almost watch it grow! The claim is that it can grow a foot a day and it can overtake an abandoned car in weeks!

But, there is another less ominous botanical wonder the South is famous for during the summer time and that would be the creamy white, highly fragrant gardenia. There is nothing quite like the scent of gardenias wafting through the air during a June evening…it is the sweet scent of heaven…

The gardenia is an evergreen shrub native to Asia although there is one variety found in Hawaii. The plant is grown in tropical and subtropical regions and in the summer time, well, that would resemble us, folks! The unfortunate happenstance for gardenia lovers is the sad fact that the blooming season is a short one…just a few short sweet weeks…

So as a result, essence of gardenia is used in many colognes and perfumes. Some fragrances you might be familiar with that use gardenia are: L’air Du Temp by Nina Ricci, Curve Vintage Soul by Liz Claiborne, Baby Phat Goddess by Kimora Lee Simmons, and Pure White Linen by Estee Lauder.

Whatever way you choose to get your yearly dose of gardenia, there is one way in my opinion that’s just hard to beat and that au naturale…so, this morning when I carried water out to Tall & Handsome while he was cutting the grass I decided to bring in some fresh blooms to float in water and scent up the house. Thought yall might enjoy taking a “whiff”…

Gardenias 1

Gardenias in a Bowl

Gardenias 2

Can You Smell the Sweet Scent?

Gardenias 3

Even the tiniest of God’s creatures love Gardenias…

Gardenias 4

A Perfect Bloom

© 2009 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.

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