I cannot recall how many times I have failed when it comes to growing gardenias. We moved to our current home last July- there was very little done in relation to landscaping -seriously, seriously lacking. This March I decided to give gardenias another try- purchased two Southern Living Jubilation Gardenias and amended the soil. By April they started developing many little buds and early May - I began my daily inspection to check on their progress- no whitefly, no burning or dropping off of buds- all good signs. The buds swelled to a fairly good size and then stopped, I patiently waited their opening and was rewarded with their sweet smelling blooms yesterday for the very first time-kinda felt like I was their mother!!! The plant is reported to bloom again later this fall- we will see if that happens. Noticed at the nurseries this past weekend that they had sold out of all the jubilation varieties - but had plenty August Beauty, Dwarf, Radicans and Frost Proof types-just the fact that I can recall those varieties off of the type of my head should give you an idea about the number of times I have tried unsuccessfully to grow these beauties- hopefully I am not speaking too soon. Would love to see them get established as well as those at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama-just love walking their grounds and seeing the beautiful landscapes they have cultivated.
I am a married stay at home mother of one daughter- Lauren. We live in central Arkansas just out of city limits-hence the blog title outer limits. Prior to staying home - I was an educator in both private and public schools and currently home school our daughter. My interests include sewing, reading, old movies and fitness.