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Old Yesterday, 09:21 AM
 
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As gardeners, you likely tend to flower/vegetable gardens, lawns, trees and shrubs, etc. And if you are like me, visit gardens (formal or informal) while traveling or on vacation, or otherwise have a keen nose for the scents of the region you are visiting.

As such, I would be curious to hear what your favorite scent is. Mine, hands down with not even a close second, would be ...Balsam Fir.... On a trip to Nova Scotia a few years back, the air seemed perpetually permeated with it, absolute heaven for me. As a bonus, I could smell seafood...

One "Travel Scent" that stands out in my mind is when I was in the outskirts of Florence Italy. It was a warm (not hot) late spring day and had just finished raining, the smell of the wet cypress and lemon trees was in the air as the warming of the day "steamed" them dry. The combination was absolutely memorable...

Crushing and inhaling the scent of...Wintergreen...berries one of my favorites as well.
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Old Yesterday, 10:36 AM
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There are many. I love pine smell too, also the smell of iris and that bitter smell of geranium and tomato plant leaves.
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Old Yesterday, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Olympia area
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As gardeners, you likely tend to flower/vegetable gardens, lawns, trees and shrubs, etc. And if you are like me, visit gardens (formal or informal) while traveling or on vacation, or otherwise have a keen nose for the scents of the region you are visiting.

As such, I would be curious to hear what your favorite scent is. Mine, hands down with not even a close second, would be ...Balsam Fir.... On a trip to Nova Scotia a few years back, the air seemed perpetually permeated with it, absolute heaven for me. As a bonus, I could smell seafood...

One "Travel Scent" that stands out in my mind is when I was in the outskirts of Florence Italy. It was a warm (not hot) late spring day and had just finished raining, the smell of the wet cypress and lemon trees was in the air as the warming of the day "steamed" them dry. The combination was absolutely memorable...

Crushing and inhaling the scent of...Wintergreen...berries one of my favorites as well.
The Travel Scent scent would be in Hawaii, the sweet scented air is lovely and I've never smelled the same fragrance on other islands. Plumeria are part of it, and the fresh ocean breezes.

I love the smell of deep woods and pine, hiking always has fresh and crisp scents. I agree, any kind evergreens are wonderful!

Working at home in the yard, I grow lots of scented plants, the best scents are roses, lemongrass, rosemary. I'm waiting to see if any of the blooming plants that I bought last year have a nice scent. I'm betting on the French lilacs!
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Old Yesterday, 10:54 AM
 
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Cool thread. I noticed my favorites are season dependent.



In Spring I love the smell of fresh cut grass & Lilacs
In Summer its the Ocean and Garden
In Fall its the Apples, Cider, Leaves, Firewood,
In Winter its Cinnamon, Gingerbread, Firewood, Pines



I'm probably forgetting one or two I really enjoy.
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Old Yesterday, 11:06 AM
 
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New-mown grass is a favorite. Juniper. Rose geranium for sure. Lily of the valley. Violets.
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Old Yesterday, 11:07 AM
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For me it is kind of strange; it is the smell of wet leaves in the fall. For many years we rented a house for the last week of October in the woods of the Western Carolina mountains. I liked to sit on the front porch on a rainy day and relax to the gentle sound of the rain and the smell of the wet leaves.
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Old Yesterday, 11:09 AM
 
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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.
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Old Yesterday, 11:17 AM
 
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The smell of a wet pine forest, which I get every time it rains in the summer.
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Old Yesterday, 11:17 AM
 
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I love honeysuckle, especially when it blooms over the roses - the combination of fragrances is intoxicating. My fragrant tea olive also has the most wonderful scent as well. This past year was the first year it really bloomed a lot, and the scent was detectable 20 feet away. Oh, and I can't overlook the scent of a magnolia blossom - so fragrant it's almost overpowering, but wonderful at the same time. Gosh, I love my garden!
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Old Yesterday, 11:41 AM
 
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I love honeysuckle, especially when it blooms over the roses - the combination of fragrances is intoxicating. My fragrant tea olive also has the most wonderful scent as well. This past year was the first year it really bloomed a lot, and the scent was detectable 20 feet away. Oh, and I can't overlook the scent of a magnolia blossom - so fragrant it's almost overpowering, but wonderful at the same time. Gosh, I love my garden!
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.
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