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Old 02-12-2018, 12:32 PM
Location: South Carolina
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Gardenias , honeysuckle and lilacs and lavender and my roses . people stop by my house in the spring and they say "Oh I can smell your roses and they smell heavenly " I just love the thought of making someone happy by smelling the rose scent .
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:41 PM
Location: between three Great Lakes.
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Pine needles, peonies, freshly cut grass.
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:48 PM
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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The scent of the resin in Western Black Cottonwood leaf buds. In the spring the leaf buds are like little swelling envelopes full almost to bursting with a sticky liquified resin which oozes and drips from them (see drippy buds below). The resin is pungent and heady, sharp but sweet, balsamy, compelling, invigorating. Heavenly. Indescribable.

The resin has healing properties and in the spring the swelling leaf buds get harvested to extract the resin to make an ages old healing ointment called Balm of Gilead. They're also harvested for making deodorizer, potpourri, incense or perfumes and to make a simmering inhalant to clear and open the lungs and sinuses.



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Old 02-12-2018, 01:17 PM
Location: Albuquerque NM
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Everybody has already listed all my favorites, and some I didn't even realize were my favorites! So now I have more favorites.
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:21 PM
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Originally Posted by Zenstyle View Post
Pine needles, peonies, freshly cut grass.

add rose, hyacinth, lily of the valley...
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:39 PM
Location: The middle
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I love the smell of the creosote bush when it rains and ferns.
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:01 PM
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Originally Posted by jaminhealth View Post
Here in the California desert land, we have flowers blooming all year but are not fragrant like camillas but those orange blossoms are lovely fragrance. We have such mild change of seasons and suits me just fine.
The Bird of Paradise plant seems to be in bloom all year in our little patio area...no fragrance...wanted to add this to my post but could not think of the name...senior minute...
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:11 PM
Location: Floribama
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I have some Sweetshrub (calycanthus) growing in my yard that I love to smell, it was planted by my great grandmother back in the 1950’s. Back in those days many women would wrap the blossoms in a cloth and use as perfume.

Fig leaves
Magnolia blossoms
Tea olive
Azalea blossoms
Carolina jessamine
Confederate jasmine

I agree with OP though, probably my favorite is balsam Fir. There’s a stand of them growing on Clingmans Dome in the Smoky Mountains and the scent is wonderful.
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:13 PM
Location: Virginia
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Originally Posted by Back to NE View Post
Beat me to it, honeysuckle is wonderful and still prevalent in Northern VA. I'm surprised no one has done anything commercial with honeysuckle. Honeysuckle soda pop, honeysuckle flavored candy, maybe honeysuckle perfume or air fresheners.

It's also instant nostalgia for me, transporting me back to 70s New England riding a bicycle, building a tree fort, frogging, listening to AM radio, etal.
I'm showing my age here, but Avon used to have a honeysuckle fragrance way back when (I think it was the 70's, because I was working for Cover Girl, and we had an Avon rep in the lab, lol.) It was the only Avon fragrance I've ever liked - light, not too sweet, and not cloying. I've never found another honeysuckle scent since then.
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:35 PM
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Location: Big Island of Hawaii
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My favorite depends on what's blooming.
This morning I sniffed lemon and lime blossoms; sublime!
Pretty soon my rubrum lilies will be in bloom; delicious! I carried those in my wedding, looooong time favorites.
The Kula gardenia blooms off and on all year; I bought it after following my nose around Home Depot, trying to locate the source of that delectable smell. I don't care about most gardenias, but these are special.
mint is lovely; catnip smells good, too. My greenhouse is redolent with rosemary, and there's a lovely lime thyme plant in the herb garden.
Angel's Trumpets, some Vireya, and lots of gingers have amazing fragrances, too. Oh, and a few orchids!
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