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Savour the bouquet
on National Fragrance Day!

By Sarah
21st March 2017

March 21st is National Fragrance Day. We all have our favourite scents and not surprisingly, fresh flowers feature in the top 10 best smells in a poll. More than three quarters of the people surveyed by decorating brand Harris say that have particular smells which make them feel nostalgic.

Roses make the top 20 of the best smells and are indeed one of my favourite memory-evoking garden flower scents. As a child I remember being allowed to water borders full or roses and pick petals to make rose water. Sadly, the petals turned brown and the lingering smell wasn’t all too fragrant!

Sports changing rooms, rotting food and manure were voted among the worst smells and from what I’ve heard The Corpse Flower’s scent tops all three! It gets its name because it smells of rotting flesh thanks to its huge flower spokes which can heat up to 36 degrees and emit the stench of a death animal. Fortunately, it’s not native to British gardens, preferring to make Sumatra’s rainforests stinky. But if you want to get a whiff, head to the Eden Project in Cornwall or Kew in West London where they grow it.

Other flowers that pong include the Voodoo Lily native to Greece, again smelling of rotting flesh; and the Crown Imperial hailing from Turkey which has spectacular bell-shaped flowers but gives off a musky smell which is said to deter deer and squirrels from your garden. Isn’t nature incredible.

Roses make the top 20 of the best smells and are indeed one of my favourite memory-evoking garden flower scents. As a child I remember being allowed to water borders full or roses and pick petals to make rose water. Sadly, the petals turned brown and the lingering smell wasn’t all too fragrant!

Sports changing rooms, rotting food and manure were voted among the worst smells and from what I’ve heard The Corpse Flower’s scent tops all three! It gets its name because it smells of rotting flesh thanks to its huge flower spokes which can heat up to 36 degrees and emit the stench of a death animal. Fortunately, it’s not native to British gardens, preferring to make Sumatra’s rainforests stinky. But if you want to get a whiff, head to the Eden Project in Cornwall or Kew in West London where they grow it.

Other flowers that pong include the Voodoo Lily native to Greece, again smelling of rotting flesh; and the Crown Imperial hailing from Turkey which has spectacular bell-shaped flowers but gives off a musky smell which is said to deter deer and squirrels from your garden. Isn’t nature incredible.

Not surprisingly, 84% of survey respondents said they always liked to make sure their homes smell nice and fresh and of course, and flowers are a brilliant way to delight your nostrils.

Opt for heady-scented lilies and roses and stocks for impact. Or if you prefer more sweetly-scented flowers, a Spring Pastels bouquet showcasing Chrysanthemum, Germini, Hyacinths and not forgetting those favourite Roses, is a delightful aroma.

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