Gardenias are in bloom and I'm in gardenia heaven. Is any flower more perfect? Their creamy white satin petals set off by intense green foliage makes them picture perfect. And not to mention their intense fragrance. Ah, sweet bliss.
If I were a poet I'd compose an Ode to the Gardenia. But a poet I am not so I'll just enjoy their fleeting beauty and enjoy them while I may.
Some flowers evoke memories for us. For me, carnations bring back memories of corsages for piano recitals; Abelia bushes playing around my grandmother's house. I don't have any particular memories associated with gardenias -- I just enjoy them for what they are in the here and now: a perfect speciman in the plant kingdom.
Do you have a favorite flower? Are certain flowers associated with memories from your past?