I am particularly anxious to move some of my houseplants outdoors this spring.
The gardenia that I have had for more than 12 years looks terrible! It needs the restorative environment of the great outdoors: more light, warmth, higher relative humidity and rainwater.
I am not sure whether the cold house during the January ice storm/no electricity episode has had an impact on it or if it was just coincidence that it began to die back shortly thereafter. In any case, it needs to be pruned up and sent outside to recover.