That smell….

This week I had the pleasure of being in the midst of a mass-planting of some low bushes which had masses of white flowers on them. I think it might have been a Rhaphiolepis species or a White Hawthorn, and the flowers were giving off the most refined but strong scent. At first I thought the delightful smell was the same as the one given off by a highly scented winter-flowering blue scaevola which I have growing in my own garden, but later I perceived a sweeter smell, a lacey pure white cake icing kind of smell. The floral fragrance was exactly the same scent that I wrote about in this post: https://superrecognizer.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/another-subtle-and-unobtrusive-type-of-synaesthesia-noticed/ Why does the scent of a white hawthorm make me think of white cake icing? An ancient trace of a childhood memory? Synaesthesia?

This is a French webpage noting the wonderful fragrance of a Rhaphiolepis: http://www.leaderplant.com/acheter,rhaphiolepis-blanc,FR,223

 

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