Sunday, April 27, 2008

The fragrant alien





















The woods are full of the delicious smell of Japanese honeysuckle right now. The scent is a bittersweet pleasure, since Lonicera japonica is a relentless invader, choking the life out of a host of native plants. If you've ever tried to clear out a well-established vine you'll understand why some people detest the stuff. It's so stubborn, it actually seems to fight back as you cut and pull. Still, it's hard for me to hate anything that smells this good. If I could find a perfume that really captured the scent I'd buy enough to bathe in it.


Photo from Wikimedia Commons

4 comments:

Mary said...

I love it too, M. It smells wild and weedy. I've never smelled a perfume that comes close.

chayaruchama said...

I agree !
I have many scents with 'honeysuckle' in them, but it's like freesia-
So hard to capture accurately.
Almost as if one can only portray an impression....

Renee said...

Ha! It is very odd looking, isn't it? One of the best smells in the world.

BitterGrace said...

Honeysuckle, freesia, wisteria--they all seem to be impossible for perfumers to capture. I suppose it's just as well. Some things should only exist in the wild ;-)