“10 How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!
11 Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.” Song of Solomon 4:10-11 KJV
“Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” Psalm 141:2 KJV
The five senses have always been a fascinating subject for me. They have a powerful effect on my mood. When I am doing my weekly shopping for items like shampoo or household cleaners off go the caps of all of the bottles. The scent of the product is always the deciding factor for me.
I love all of my flowers. Each of them is precious in my sight, but when it comes to the sense of smell, my gardenia has the biggest impact. Just one flower in a glass floods the room with magical fragrance.
The gardenia is a broad-leafed evergreen shrub that is a favorite of flower gardeners here in the South. They are not difficult to grow provided they have good soil (slightly acidic), a climate that doesn’t get too cold (In the United States you don’t want to go below zones 7 or 8), and plenty of water. There are a number of varieties, too. There are small ones that grow to be about 2-3 feet tall, and big ones that can get as tall as your house. There are a number of cultivars that will not survive a frost, so be sure to check the tag, so you know which one you are getting. Some can be grown indoors. I have never had one of those, but there’s always that chance that I might try one sometime.
The Church is often referred to as “The Bride of Christ”. The Song of Solomon provides us with a beautiful depiction of the intense love the Lord has for her.
“Gardenia” by Theresa Anne Moore
Notes swirling around
Never failing to astound
Sillage will abound
Its chorus will resound
My gardenia has been found!
This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).
Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month is Blossoming Verses, where I’ll share a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.
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