Tue, 20 May 2008 18:39:44 PDT
On 19 May 08, at 17:29, C.J. Teevan wrote:

> I've heard (and my experience at work in an office confirms this)
> that some people find the fragrance of paperwhite narcissus utterly
> revolting -- describing it as a "stench".  Sounds to me like
> floral fragrance is largely genetic. 

Given the well-known genetic component in regard to taste, I have no 
doubt that similar effects exist vis a vis scent.

Paperwhites: a pleasant scent but only when very, very faint. One 
blossom in the furthrest reaches of the house is adequate.

Coming into flower: Tulipa sprengeri, Camassia. The latter has become 
a weed for me, but the bulbs place themselves so deep it's 

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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