People expect flowers to smell good! I know this, because I watch people put flowers up to their noses nearly everyday at the shop..
Image: Martha Stewart
I do the exact same thing when I discover a new flower at the flower district in New York City.
The next thing customers at our flower shop do is ask how long the flower will last. I never respond by saying what my flower salesman says. "It will last until it dies!," Instead, I give them a general approximation based on the variety of the flower.
Fragrance vs Vase Life
It was interesting to learn that the fragrance of flowers and their vase life are closely linked. It seems the more scientists try to extend the life of flowers, the less likely they are to have a scent. But, in spite of all this floral engineering, there are still some commercially cut flowers that always smell good.
Image: Fly Me To The Moon Florists
Fragrant flowers don't usually last as long as unscented ones. But if you think of them as you would a great performance, a wonderful dinner or a beautiful sunset, I doubt that you 'll ever think of these magnificent flowers as a waste of money.
10 Fragrant Flowers
Here's a list of 10 fragrant flowers that you should experience at least once in your life. Take the list with you when you go to the florist:
1) Freesia - Roses Are Red
2) Hyacinth - flowerpictures.org
3) Lavender - Flower Picture Gallery
4) Lilac - hortu.com
5) Lily (some varieties) - rosesarerae
6) Lily Of The Valley - Telegraph UK
7) Peony (some varieties) - shoplovepeony
8) Roses (some varieties) - Ubloom
9) Sweet Pea - Examiner
10) Stock - wholeblossoms
What's your favorite scent and what memories rush to mind when you smell it? It doesn't have to be a flower.