Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Hello Friends,
I wish I could capture and keep the 
wonderful scents of spring.

Jasmine is always a favorite of mine.

The picket fence along the driveway side of my house
is covered with Jasmine and its always a wonderful welcome when you pull in.

The sweet smell of Jasmine greets you and on 
breeze mornings it lingers
and welcomes you at the door.

This is the one time of the year
that I can have the sweet scent
of flowers throughout my garden and in my house.

Fresh flowers from your own garden

is there anything better?

Gardenia - Yep can't get any better

It's a shame the blooms don't last long, but the short rewards are wonderful.

My Gardenia bush is directly out my favorite window
and last year it had gotten as tall as the house,
blocking the bird action,
so I pruned it drastically this fall.

 I have been rewarded with an abundance of blooms.  
Each one more fragrant than the last.  

I have had no luck with drying this beauties and when one
does hold it's shape it turns brown.  
They would be great to tuck in a dried wreath or Tussie Mussie.

Check out where I will be visiting and linking and make sure you sign up for Ivy & Elephants Birthday Giveaway - it is wonderful.

I need some of their magic, how do they do it?  Patti and Paula my hat is off to you gals.  I think we both started blogging around the same time and you have remained so consistent with your posting - it shows.  You are one of my favorite regular stops.
 I myself am always MIA esp. when the seasons change.
I stay away for months at a time and that just doesn't get it.  When I get back in the grove I have to relearn all those tricks over again.  
Gosh it's exhausting.  Who am I kidding - I am going to 
 blame it all on Pinterest.

I am just so happy I don't forget how to get to your blog,
I would miss you if I couldn't drop by for a visit.


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The Everyday Home for Homework Wednesday
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Lucy @ Craftberry Bush for Inspiration Gallery Thursday
Yvonne @ Stonegable  for Tutorials - Tips and Tidbits Thursday
Gina @ The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
Sherry @ No Minimalist Here for Open House Party on Thursdays
Katherine @ Katherines Corner for Favorite Things Thursday Hop
Niki @ The Vintage Farmhouse for Creative Things Thursday
Kathy @ A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday
Richella @ Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Pamela @ From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Desirie @ The 36th Avenue for 36th Avenue Party Thursday 


  1. Kathy- I sure wish we could grow gardenias and jasmine here. I used to have them when we lived in Florida and OH! they were wonderful. Beautiful images here- xo Diana

  2. Your garden and flowers are gorgeous. I love Gardenias too and they do have such a sweet special fragrance. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  3. How divine! I, too, wish that such lovely blooms grew way up North. *sigh*
    Thank you for sharing such breathtaking images from your gardens.

  4. Gardenias really scent the air so fully, don't they?? :)

    I'm visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things.

  5. Hi Kathy! Thanks for hosting this blog hop! I love your flowers! I am following you via GFC, please follow me back. If you enjoy my post please leave a comment. I appreciate the support.

    Thank you,


  6. It must smell heavenly at your house, Kathy! I'd like to plant a lilac bush outside one of our windows and get that smell wafting through our house next Spring. Of course, I want to cut some of the blooms and bring them inside, too! : )

  7. I sure wish I could get my Jasmine to grow like yours! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back! Nicole!

  8. I love flowers and picket fences ~ very pretty :)
    Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!
    I'm your newest GFC follower :)

    Happy Weekend!

  9. I love the scent of gardenias, you're so lucky to be able to grow them. Wouldn't that be great if they were good for drying. Thanks for sharing and for visiting.

  10. Great post!

    I host a weekly link party called "Seasonal Sundays". This week, in honor of my fourth blog-a-versary, I'm having a giveaway of a $100.00 gift certificate to HomeGoods/TJ Maxx. I'd love to have you join the fun!

    - The Tablescaper

  11. Good day.....had to stop in and see what you are all about. Gardenias and Jasmine are the PERFECT garden combination.....both fragrant and such lovely flowers. They grow pretty easily here in AZ as well.....thanks for sharing yours.



  12. Such beauties - I can almost smell them from here!

  13. Gardenia is one of my favorite scents!!! Thank you for linking your post to the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

    1. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  14. Don't you just LOVE it! I too love these fragrances and do love bringing their beauty and scent indoors. Beautiful post. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  15. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. We hope to see you at this weeks party starting at 8:00PM tonight.
    Debi and Charly

  16. I grow that jasmine on my fence in a back corner of the yard and I know how wonderful it smells! Gardenias are a favorite too! Just beautiful!

  17. I love the smell of jasmine and gardenia. Our gardenias at the lake aren't blooming yet, and they bloomed last year. I wonder why....


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