March 4, 2011

The Beauty of Spring ~ Gardenia

 
  
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
             Anais Nim


23 comments:

  1. Stunning photo Cat. Wish I could grow these flowers.

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  2. A beautiful photo of a beautiful flower and what a meaningful quote!

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  3. such a lovely flower...love the quote..I just used the same one for my Monday post Risk...you captured it well..

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  4. a beautiful photo, a beautiful quote...thank you...

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  5. Gorgeous! You are fortunate to have gardenia blooming in your garden already! It must smell heavenly!

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  6. The words are so fitting.
    One word - BEAUTIFUL!

    Annelie

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  7. Also admiring your photography contest picture and want to ask, if you wouldn't mind, what kind of camera you have.

    Thanks,

    Annelie (again)

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  8. Thanks everyone for your kind words!

    Karin, It is new to my garden...I'm pushing a bit as I'll need to amend the soil for acidity but a girlfriend who lives a mile away has one and has for years. She isn't a gardener and does nothing to it but trim it up a bit...so I'm hoping I'll be blessed with flowers and that it will thrive! We gardeners are an optimistic bunch, right?!

    Annelie, thank you. My camera is a Nikon 7000. I used to use a D60 until Christmas when my sweet hubby gifted me with the D7000. I'm enjoying how to use it...still very much a novice but it is pretty forgiving ;)

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  9. Lovely capture.

    Gardenias outside here will bloom in June. Someone gave me a large florist's gardenia -- the plant is large, not the florist -- that I'm encouraging to bloom soon in the greenhouse. There are fat buds now. Gardenia fragrance is so heady that you can almost taste it.

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  10. I love gardenia, but never had luck with them. Nice image, and the quote is very meaningful.

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  11. I have to say the quote is a perfect match for the pure white virginal bloom!

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  12. And blossom she did! I can nearly sense the delicious fragrance found in those soft smooth petals. Lovely!

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  13. Beautiful and inspiring, as always! It's always a treat to visit The Whimsical Gardener.

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  14. I think I need to grow some of these - stunning shot ! And a great quote, Cat !

    Have a wonderful Sunday.

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  15. I love gardenias, but I mostly grow them for my sister. She lives north, but every time she visits, she wants to know if the gardenias are blooming - she wants to sniff! They do smell luscious. I can't imagine a garden without them.

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  16. Beautiful photography and quote. Gardenia are such a wonderful work of nature. Always enjoy visiting.

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  17. Such a beautiful picture! I love gardenias. They were my dad's favorite flowers but don't grow well here. Our winters are too cold.

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  18. Beautiful photo, Cat and the poem is so fitting to the image. You are a truly gifted photographer.

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  19. Thanks so much for your meaningful comments. I know there are a lot of blogs to visit and it means a lot to me that you take the time to visit and leave comments here. Thank you!

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  20. Gosh, that gardenia is gorgeous! Gardenias might be my favorite flower. I adore the scent. My date brought it as corsage for my prom. I love Anais Nin too.

    BTW, you have blocked access to your Google profile both as Cat and Whimsical Gardener, which makes it harder to respond to your comments. I was able to track you down via my blog roll, luckily.

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  21. Thanks Sarah, didn't realize it had been blocked...it should be back up now.

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Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."
~A.A. Milne

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