I discover a beautiful blooming gardenia down in North Carolina, and I secure permission to take a few cuttings. I’m studying how to propagate.

These cuttings may grow roots in a few months. I’ll keep them in fresh water like this until enough roots grow. Then I can transplant the gardenia to a pot. I’ve seen gardenia growing well in Pennsylvania, and I learn that if I keep the plant properly moist (they love humidity!), I might have a good chance of growing this beautiful and fragrant plant.

Propagating takes time. It takes great care over long, long stretches of days. I’m learning once again to take the long view of things.

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