Garden Blooms ~ Gardenia

Gardenias from My Garden
Fragrant Gardenias from My Garden

Lakshmi chinnamma, who lives in Hyderabad, India loves gardening as much as I do. She is an avid plant collector. I remember her growing sandalwood, parijaatham to name a few. She just started browsing my website and I know she would enjoy seeing beautiful gardenias from my garden. If I could only share their potent jasmine like fragrance as well…

Gardenia in Bloom
Beautiful Gardenia ~ for Dear Lakshmi Chinnamma

Chinnaamma (Telugu) = Mother’s Younger Sister


  • By kalva, May 22, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

    i can smell these beauties.. lovely!

  • By Claire, May 22, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    When I was six years old, we visited my great-grandparents at their little house in Whitesboro, in north Texas. They didn’t have air-conditioning, and their house was surrounded by gardenias. They filled the whole house with their heady scent. To this day, I still think of them when I smell gardenias.

  • By Smita, May 22, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

    Lovely! Indira – what is Gardenia called in Telugu? In kannada, I think we called it “Anantha Pushpa” – a lovely name, that, to this day, conjures the divine fragrance!

  • By Manju Rajender, May 22, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

    Indira they look lovely :)

  • By Indira, May 23, 2010 @ 11:34 am

    They are really lovely flowers. Thanks for the appreciative notes.

    Smita: Anantha Pushpa, what a beautiful name!
    I don’t know it’s Telugu name, infact I don’t remember seeing gardenias growing up in Nandyala.

  • By Anu R, May 23, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

    What beautiful flowers!! You are so lucky!!

  • By Kay, May 24, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    Beautiful flowers… Can we use these for pooja?

    They make beautiful pooja pushpams, Kay. Good for garlands too with heady scent like our malle poola danda.

  • By mona, May 24, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    They are called Sugandha Raj in Kerala.
    My grand uncle used to have those in his yard. In the swing which they had inside the house the aunt used to sit and string them for puja and us children to wreathe on our braids.
    Your picture is so evocative of those carefree and idyllic times.

  • By Lakshmi Yamini, May 24, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    Beautiful flowers…in telugu we called GandiRaja.

  • By kanthi, May 26, 2010 @ 6:09 am

    I am new to your site. You got lovely flowers which can be used for pooja.

  • By Arathi, May 26, 2010 @ 7:25 am

    love the flowers and your pictures! You are an awesome photographer too :-)

  • By Anupama Krishnamurthy, May 26, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

    Dear Indira,
    Gardenias look breathtaking. I have a few of these in my garden but they flower occasionally, and barely 1 or 2 flower per plant. Can you tell me where you have planted them (shade, sunny location) how much water you give and which fertilizer you use? Thanks!


  • By Uma, July 14, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

    Catching up with Mahanandi after too long a break! Your picture and the gift to your chinamma reminded me of this old and beautiful love song called Two Gardenias:

  • By sumathy, March 16, 2012 @ 2:48 am

    Hi Indira,

    Lovely picturs. The flowers are very pretty and I can almost feel their smell. I got this link from a garden friend Asha. Wanted to know the name of this flower in Malayam and got to know that. I too am trying to grow this now. Hopefully will get such lovely flowers like yours. Sumathy

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