I want the gardenia fragrance indoors
I have two gardenias blooming in my front flower beds. They only have a few blooms each, but there are so many buds, I look everyday for new flowers. Anyway, I want to bring in some of the flowers to put in vases so I can enjoy the scent inside. But, there are so many buds that in order to avoid cutting off unopened ones, I have to cut the flower off with a really short stem. That means they can only go in a bowl, instead of a vase with other flowers I have cut.
Any suggestions? Also, is it bad for the bush to cut off the flowers like that? I always thought all flowering bushes benefitted from removing opened blooms. Right? Wrong? Thanks for any answers.