Gardenia or jasmin (Gardenia jasminoides) is an evergreen flowering plant of the family Rubiaceae. It originated in Asia and is most commonly found growing wild in Vietnam, Southern China, Taiwan, Japan, Myanmar, and India. With its shiny green leaves and heavily fragrant white summer flowers, it is widely used in gardens in warm temperate and subtropical climates, and as a houseplant in temperate regions. It has been in cultivation in China for at least a thousand years, and was introduced to English gardens in the mid 18th century.

anonymous asked:

Can I have a prompt where Zenyatta has a female S/o who cannot speak, but adores gardening?

Man, I love plants. I got a Gardenia on my desk that I’m gonna bonsai in a year, though I gotta repot it soon.

You gently patted the dirt around the shrub, the smell of wet dirt reaching your nostrils. You made sure that there were no air pockets in the dirt as you filled up the pot with dirt, the shrub getting more steady in its pot. 

Zenyatta watched as you grabbed the watering can, pouring it into the dirt and continuing until water poured out of the drains. You noticed the omnic floated towards you and you smiled at him, signing a greeting.

He hummed one in response, settling next to you.

It needed repotting, you signed, hands elegantly moving.

“I see,” he said in response, you sliding your dirt covered hand in his.

“Bastion was curious on what it was,” he said and you tilted your head, “Said that they loved the white petals.”

You tilted your head as you tried to remember the sign, deciding to just sign out the letters.

Gardenia jasminoides, you signed and he nodded.

“I remember now, you’ve told me before,” you nodded but just smiled at him, not angry for him forgetting.

“It is a beautiful plant.”

It is, you signed and leant against him, sighing in happiness.


Plant of the Day

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) is an excellent evergreen climber for a sunny, sheltered spot in the milder regions of the UK. It grows best in free draining soils which are neutral to alkaline and of moderate to high fertility. Here the fragrant white flowers were scenting the evening air of a church courtyard and an archway in Florence, Italy.

Jill Raggett


Trachelospermum jasminoides is in the family Apocynaceae. This species is one of many cultivated as “Jasmine”, with this one being known as Confederate Jasmine due to its extensive cultivation in the Southern United States. This species grows as a vine with the white flowers emitting a very sweet scent, making it a very attractive ornamental in many gardens. The scent is also extracted from the flowers and used to make perfumes. Follow for more plant facts and photos!