G is for . . . Gardenia

A few posts ago I was talking about grape hyacinth and said that I thought I had my "G". Did you assume it was grape hyacinth? I'm often like that dog, Dug, on Up! talking about something then--squirrel! Maybe I was talking grape hyacinth then--Gardenia! Okay, I really was going to go with grape hyacinth but I've since changed my mind.

I decided to go with gardenia because that's what my husband wore as his boutonniere for our wedding almost 16 years ago. I was a fragrance model aka perfume spritzer in college and learned lots about flowers because they and other plants make up notes of fragrances. I learned to love gardenia and tuberose whose scent people would mistake for gardenia. My bouquet was the traditional cascading kind and had all white flowers including gardenia and for some reason I think tuberose was not available.

Some people think of gardenia as an old lady scent but 1) what is old and 2) what's wrong with smelling like an old lady if she smells like gardenia instead of must or moth balls?

Grape hyacinth gets its picture posted as a consolation prize. 
There's always next year!


  1. Thanks Jen, I wish I understood more about floral scents it would help with the wine tasting I write about, "white blossom" just isnt' enough sometimes

  2. I agree! If the old lady smells good, well then what's the problem!? Love gardenias and hyacinth, but my favorite floral scent is tea olive blossoms. They bloom spring and fall here and you can smell them from about 20 yards away :)

  3. I just love gardenias. Old fashioned? Maybe, who cares?


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