Monday, July 10, 2006

Fragrant Gardenia

The gardenia bush continues to bloom. The sun warms the blossoms and releases a very deep fragrance at the entrance at the front door. This bloom is the major one for the year but the plant will continue to produce a few blossoms through December!

I deadhead the flowers once they start to fade to yellow. I have a special soil mixture that I am going to add to top dress the plants. Because these plants are under cover (and since it never rains in the summer), I will hose the plants every few weeks to wash off dust from the leaves.


mmw said...

Gardenias clearly like zone 23 better than 17. But not as much as I would have thought -- yours looks much better than mine, but still a little yellow. How much sun does it get?

California Gardener in Zone 23 said...

These bushes get morning sun until noon. I am battling with them to get them to green up. They are much better now than a few years ago. But no matter, they always have lots of blooms.


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