Tue, 20 May 2008 18:42:46 PDT
In a message dated 5/20/2008 8:39:27 PM Eastern  Standard Time, writes:
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.  

My observations over the years of displaying daffodils to the public and  
sticking them under people's noses to sniff is that women seem to find the scent  
of Paperwhites more objectionable than men do.
I have also often forced a bloom of the daffodil 'Fragrant Rose' (it does  
indeed have a slight rose fragrance) under unsuspecting noses and most men can  
detect the fragrance, but only about half the women. 
Linda Wallpe has told me more than once that although this is indeed a  
gender difference, it is not based on the ability to detect the fragrance or  not, 
but on the unwillingness of men to admit that they cannot smell it!
Bill Lee

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