Wordless Wednesday–Scent and “Sensibility”

Paperwhite flower

In a winter like this, I’m always glad to have some fragrant flowers blooming.  With some flowers, like the paperwhite narcissus, above, however, a little goes a long way.  And some folks can’t even stand the smell of even one bulb blooming, likening the smell to all sorts of horrible things from hospitals to other odors I won’t name here.

What I generally do with strongly scented plants is to place them in rooms just off the main room of our home, but in a place where they will get a few hours of sun a day. When the sun hits them, the fragrance is released and it can often be smelled throughout the main area of the house.


Here’s another plant that is generally too strong for the main living area of the home. I have it in a guest room.  In fact, when only 4 of the tiny flowers were open, I walked upstairs and thought, “What’s that smell?” because I knew something was different about the bedroom level of our home. Now that most of the flowers are open, the smell isn’t overwhelming, but I certainly wouldn’t want this in my den or living room. It would quickly become too much. It’s much nicer–to me at least–if the scent wafts throughout the whole area. And luckily, no one is using the guest room except perhaps the dog, as she hunts for birds and squirrels.

2 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday–Scent and “Sensibility”

  1. pal March 4, 2015 / 2:08 pm

    My sense of smell must not be too good as I can barely smell narcissus/paperwhites. Is the second photo of jasmine? I was wondering what type of jasmine as the leaves look so strong and hardy on yours and mine is very delicate, frequently turn brown on the tips. Also can’t smell the flowers at all!
    Thanks for another great post.

    • gardendaze March 4, 2015 / 2:17 pm

      So sorry–yes, it is a jasmine; it’s jasmine officinale. And I find that smell is quite relative. Everyone raves about heliotrope and that’s one plant that does nothing for me.

      If the leaves on your jasmine–or any plant–are browning, it’s likely from dryness. That’s a very common cause in our bone dry homes in the winter. If you find that it’s still occurring on new growth once we get to the more humid growing season, it may be reacting to something in your water–either an excess of dissolved minerals, or perhaps it’s being over-fertilized a bit.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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