Fragrances that Surprise--TOW

John Bryan
Wed, 14 Apr 2004 10:33:02 PDT
Dear John:
Removing the pollen I call "the gelding of the lily!" Cheers, John E.
Bryan wrote:
> I place great value on fragrance in flowers, and take the trouble to have a
> sniff at most things. So many spring flowers are beautifully scented: the
> perfume on entering an RHS show in February or March is quite wonderful.
> Warmth, however is often needed to release it, hence the failure to notice
> it in the garden.
> I have no objection to the stinks of aroids and frits, but what I really
> hate is the scent of lilies and hyacinths. A bed of trumpet or oriental
> lilies pumping out their sickly pong pollutes the air about it, and I have
> to leave - much though I admire the plants and their flowers. I once got a
> pew at a wedding immediately adjacent to a great mass of lilies and was
> poisoned throughout the service. As Shakespeare said: 'Lilies that fester
> smell far worse than weeds.' Lilium candidum is an honourable exception.
> While on a rant about lilies, I object very strongly to the florists' trick
> of emasculating the flowers, to prevent the pollen staining. The intention
> is admirable, perhaps, but it removes the beauty of the flower - that circle
> of six orange anthers poised above the segments give the flower life and
> beauty, lost when they are removed.
> John Grimshaw
> Dr John M. Grimshaw
> Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens
> Gardens Cottage
> Colesbourne
> Nr Cheltenham
> Gloucestershire GL53 9NP
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