Alas, rain beaten and bruised Gardenia will never open
I couldn't figure out what I was seeing at first. I loved the scalloped toasty brown edges. Then I remembered that I had seen Gardenias hanging through this hedge before and I looked at bit closer. And yes, this is a Gardenia bud but an unfortunate one. We have had several days of very hard rain and its edges have been pounded and burned. Alas, we will never get to see its full beauty.
That said, I still love its unusual scalloped pattern and toasty brown edges!