Fragrance-a door to memories!

Monday, June 03, 2013

This morning I took a short walk around my daughter's garden here in Florida. It was so fresh after the thunderstorm last night. One of the bushes had the first Mystery Gardenia opening up. I couldn't resist and picked one of the blooms.
I put the blossom in a small container here in my bedroom where I do most of my computer chores and forgot about it. Later this morning after breakfast and stationary biking I sat down to do some work on my book.
As I worked, I became aware of a warm feeling of contentment coming over me. Sitting back, I wondered if it was due to the subject matter. The work was just flowing! Was it the sunlight shining through the window? No. Maybe those minutes I spent in meditation and prayer this morning were still with me. Undoubtedly.
But then, I became aware of the delightful lemony fragrance of that gardenia, and I began to reminisce about the many times that fragrance was important to me. My first corsage at a formal dance. The white orchid and gardenias at the senior prom. Gardenias and tulips in my wedding bouquet. The single gardenia my husband brought to me in the hospital when our first son was born. And it goes on through the years.
Fragrance is such a powerful stimulant, depending on our relationship with it. Some odors can make me feel ill, sad or very happy. My neighbor can't stand the smell of gardenias or stock blossoms because she associates them with the funerals of her mother and father.
Since I have been thinking about the landscaping of the house being built here, this morning gave me some ideas. My personal fragrance garden will have roses, gardenias, jasmine, lavender, narcissus, magnolias and I would love violets but I am told they will not grow here. Thanks for experiencing with me and perhaps you will think about the fragrances that have meaning for you.
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    2643 days ago
    Gardenias were my wife's favorite, and I brought her one for most of our early dates. Now that we have been married for 56 years, I know they're still her favorite because she has two big pots with gardenia bushed on the patio that she tends carefully - and lots of gardenias while they bloom.
    2654 days ago
  • KLONG8
    I enjoyed sharing your fragrance trip....
    2688 days ago
    I am allergic to gardenias. One time when I lived in Mexico someone gave me a whole bouquet of them. They grew wild in this mountain paradise and I was so thrilled with them. While in the car I began getting the most excruciating head ache but didn't know why. I took my gardenia bouquet in the house and put them on the kitchen table next to my bed room. My head ache got worse and worse. Then I thought, It is the gardenias so I took them outside and sure enough the pain left.
    I cannot use cologne or anything else perfumed with that beautiful flower. Some times roses or other fragrant flowers do the same to me.
    I am so glad you could enjoy them.
    2694 days ago
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    I LOVE roses, and pink ones especially!
    2695 days ago
    What a lovely blog! If I close my eyes I can almost experience what you describe. In your case it's the wonderful fragrance of your gardenias over the years. And in mine it is roses.
    One of the reasons I was sad to leave Texas a month ago was leaving our beautifully ,and in some cases fragrant , roses all around our Texas home. so you bring back old and current memories for me as well.
    You are to be commended for your writing skills
    . So glad you are back with us
    2696 days ago
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