Today I went out and picked a few lilac stems before the lilac season ends. Purple is my favorite color so I'm partial to purple flowers naturally, but what really entrances me about the lilac is the remarkable scent. That got me wondering about what flower scents I really enjoy and am wondering which ones you are partial to and why. So to that end.... Jasmine. A hot house oddity up my way and yet all that effort is supremely worth it. Jasmine smells like a perfume factory run by Willy Wonka. The scent permeates heavy summer air and the effect borders on the intoxicating. At once your muscles loosen and you just have to close your eyes for a minute to appreciate it all. Jasmine is a fireworks display of odors ranging from vanilla to butter to lemon to something uniquely jasmine. This is a flower to savor like a complex wine. Lilac. Lilacs have a complex scent. It's sweet but not cloying, and there's a rich slightly warm, spicy undertone. That's what I love about lilacs. They're pretty, easy, and yet give us loads of blooms and this marvelous scent that leaves you wanting more. Freesia. One of my perennial favorites, freesia are always the life of the party in every color of the rainbow and exuding their stunning scent that resembles nothing so much as good bubble gum. Freesia are so sweet that you feel overwhelmed by the presence of sugar. It's the happiest way to OD on flowers I know. Nicotiana. Imagine a cigarette that smells beautiful and you have nicotiana. These are night bloomers, usually placed under bedroom windows. They're rare plants these days, much more popular back in olden days. The flowers aren't much to look at. I have to say that. The aroma though... heady, golden, warm, and surprisingly sweet for such a spicy scent. Nicotiana is a delightful evening treat. Rose. Nothing smells like a rose save an oversweetened cup of hot tea. Even then, rose is rose is rose. Roses strike me as not so sweet as warm and delicious. They have a scent that's more like a flavor than any other flower. When you inhale a rose, you always want just a little more, for it to be a little more complex than it is. Like lilacs, we're never quite satisfied.