Top Five Flower Scents?

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  1. jason_els

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    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....


    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
     
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    Well i have to (not having much exp. smelling flowers) choose the ones i know that i like from my childhood gardens (i've not had a garden all my adult life)...these would be....Roses, Tulips, Daffodils, Foxgloves and Snowdrops.....all very nice and all very english i know
     
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    Wow, great descriptions! I have an almost non-existant sense of smell so something as subtle as a flower is nigh-on impossible to smell. Sounds like I'm missing out.
     
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    Great choices, JasonEls.

    To which I'd just add lillies. Not all are scented, but Regal lillies can be overpowering. Stargazers have a powerful perfume. But for sheer intoxication, "African Queen", a dusky orange flower, send me.

    Oh, and Honeysuckle.
     
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    Hyacinth and lilac! YUM...oh and tuberroses!
     
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    Stargazer Lily. Such a strong scent but not over powering. I just love them.
    Lilac. I'm a bit pissed ours are already done blooming and going to seed now.
    Honeysuckle. We have a huge one right outside our front door that is in bloom right now so I have the window open letting it in.
    Weisteria. So complex. It is one of those you like it or hate it smells. I like it.
    Lavender, all kinds. I just love it to death and have 4 plants. 2 are sending up flowers now.



    I'm just gonna throw this one out there but Dracunculus Vulgaris ("voodoo lily") It smells like rotting meat..................I kinda like it.
     
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    I do love wisteria too!

    I also really like boxwood. Many people think it smells like cat pee.
     
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    I agree with most of jason's choices. I haven't had the pleasure of smelling Nicotiana, but based on the description I would probably like it. My sister is a fan of freesias (I think they're OK, but not one of my favorites); she would like to wear freesia perfume, but has never found one that truly captures the scent--at least not to her satisfaction.

    Ah, jasmine. There's just something about it, isn't there? It is indeed unique. The scent is heady and there's something exotic about it--like an Arabian princess. It's amazing such little flowers can have such a powerful kick. It is indeed intoxicating--it's almost too much, a bit cloying. Alas, just like other intoxicants, it can give some people headaches.

    Lilies are also one of my favorites. When visiting my parents in the summertime, every now and then the breeze blows the right way and I get a delightful whiff of lily. It's like a loving caress.

    Similarly, I love it when the magnolias are in bloom.

    At the risk of being unoriginal, my top flower scent is rose. It has strong competitors, but there's just something about it. Unfortunately, because of hybridization, many roses grown for sale by florists are not strongly scented. I remember the first time I ever really smelled a rose, on a ugly, mishapen, neglected rose bush on the side of someone's house. Oh, but that fragrance...it struck me at the time as being almost perfectly balanced. Floral, to be sure, but not too flowery. Strong, but not too strong. Sweet, but not too sweet. It's warm, gentle, and soothing; and it never fails to brighten my mood.

    (Gah! As I was writing this I was sniffing from a bottle of rose essential oil, and I knocked it over! My apartment is going to reek of roses for days...)

    Jason, it's interesting that you find the scent of roses more like a flavor. Have you ever had rose hips? They don't really taste anything like the way the flower smells. I haven't had them in ages, but as I recall, they tasted rather like tart maple syrup.

    Finally, I love the scent of lilacs. As far as floral scents go, lilac is unpretentious and down to earth as jasmine is exotic. The fragrance is somehow strong yet light. And as every Star Trek fan knows, Klingons smell like lilac (or at least Worf does).

    Lilac - Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki
    YouTube - Deep space nine: Trials and Tribble-ations Part 1 (The comments are at about 3:00 and 3:29).
     
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    It's very difficult to name just five.

    1. Lavender: Both of my Grandma's
    My dads mum - Lavender potpurri from my Grandparents drawers and wardrobe...my favourite place to stay when mum and dad wanted some time out

    My Mum's mum - the lavender hedge leading to the front door, mixed with the earthy fragrances or cow manure from the dairy cows. Every time I walked the down the path to the front door, I'd grab hold or the silvery foilage as I walked by and release the fragrant oils. The best school holidays of my life!

    2. Daphne: My mum elegant and sweet,

    3. Gardenia: one of the first perfumed shrubs I planted as a college student at my shared house. I'd put the flowers in my car in the hope that the scent would cover the smell of the all dope I smoked (which had it's own alluring aroma!)

    4. Oriental lillies: Work...weddings...every damn week! ... but I still love them, makes me feel calm an relaxed.

    5. Mock orange and Happy Plant (draceana fragrans): Hot sweaty sex in the summertime. 100% humidity and pissing down with rain in the tropics. Sliping and sliding around chest to chest,cock to cock. and mouth to mouth with a sexy guy. Honey, orange and sugar syrup wafting throught the window mixed with the must of gorgeous man,
     
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    I like the scent of a mass planting of petunias, on warm breezy summer nights. Roses are at the top of my list too....I transplanted a couple from a shade spot in the yard since they would never bloom...I hope I'm delightfully surprised when they bloom this year (and they'd better!)....
     
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    Good Choices All

    Some I am not familiar with.

    would add honeysuckle
     
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    Oh, how I love the smell of honeysuckle! :smile: I forgot to add that one. Its' sweet, clean scent brings back fun memories of my summers at nana's house with my cousins.
     
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    Bluebells
    Wild Honeysuckle
    Jasmine
    Rose
    Meadow grass :redface:
     
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    Oooh nicotiana sounds wonderful

    I always liked Jo Malone's floral combos, I like the light green florals over the regular florals. The white jasmine & mint combo is amazing. Amber & lavender is also super dooper nice. The tuberose scent is also really great.

    Jo Malone | White Jasmine & Mint
     
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    I'll only select amongst the five that I enjoy growing from seeds the most, not in any particular order.

    1) Alyssum-beautiful ground cover, does well in pots and hanging baskets as well. Most smell sweet. I prefer the Tiny Tim variety as it requires little maintainance, but it can look a little boring in that it is uniformly white.

    2) Agastache sunset hyssop-Looks similar to lavender but is orange. Fragrance is similar to root beer, but when touched, your fingers can smell like a mint-black licorice type scent. Its leaves make a nice tea. It attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.

    3) Datura Angels trumpets-citris scent, mostly in the evening. Poisonous and can be tricky to grow. But it is a beautiful flower! A large white bloom that is stunning.

    4) Nicotiana sanderae-blooms during the day as opposed to other micotiana. Very sweet, beautiful flower (all varieties in between white and red). Is NOT edible, unlike other varieties of this flower, but the leaves make a great aphid control solution by steeping the leaves. But as I said don't drink it!

    5) Sweet pea (lathyrus oderatus) (Okay it is techincally a vine not a flower)-Very sweet, VERY highly fragrant version of sweet pea. Vines grow 5-6 feet, so it works well along a fence, but the downside is that it is uniformly white with just a hint of pink.
     
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