Gardenia greet our May. The shrub in the front is in bloom, a bit sparsely this drier than average year. Gardenias are in what I call my jasminoides tribe. This is based on an alliance of scents that I believe they share... the jasmines, orange blossoms, stephanotis, tuberosa, and the incomparable freesia, said by some the exude the finest fragrance of any flower.
The gardenia will bloom for about three weeks. A couple of blossoms are enough to perfume a room.
I'm off to Sanibel for a sleepover. Take time to smell whatever you're smelling these days.