When I was ten years old, my grandmother took me on a chartered tour of Mexico. I remember watching the cliff divers in Acapulco, climbing the huge pyramid at Teotihaucan, and swimming in a pool full of floating gardenias. The fragrance was new to me, but I've loved it ever since.
Gardenias are not winter hardy here in Nashville, but Costco had a great deal on them, and I didn't resist. The deal came with three good sized plants.
So far, I'm just moving them around the house. I may end up planting them outside and taking a chance.
Already the smell in the house is making me happy.