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I am a sniffer.

I am a sniffer. this morning i was smelling tomatoes in the supermarket. Most people will smell flowers, but its also the leaves that smell.

Eucalyptus leaves smell of.. well eucalyptus except the Eucalyptus citriodora which smells of lemons. As do Lippia citriodora(lemon verbena) and of course lemon tree leaves, and lemon balm. Except if you compare them one after the other, they are all vaguely lemony, but also different. The leaves of Houttonia cordata chameleon smell of marmalade oranges.

Of course all the leaves used as herbs have scents, lavender, rosemary, thymes,sages.

Blackcurrant leaves have an intense scent when crushed and can be used to make a wonderful sorbet. 

What do you like to sniff at?



  • lisa masseylisa massey Posts: 252

    chrysanthemum leaves. childhood memories of my granddad, blood fish and bone also reminds me of him.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,881

    You'd be better off asking what I don't sniff - the leaves of Crown Imperial lilies and red and black currant bushes - the leaves of some roses smell amazing - Mme Alfred Carriere particularly, tomato leaves and stems, Herb Robert, all the herbs of course, fresh mown grass, a sun-parched garden with rain falling on it, a field of flowering field beans, a freshly harvested wheat field  ............

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Basil and coriander are definitely top of the list...I LOVE  the smell of them and also anything citrus, I love it when you go abroad and the oranges and lemons actually smell. I use pink grapefruit cleaner everywhere in my house (yes I am mad!).

    I also love the smell of roses, and cut grass too.  There are loads of 'garden' smells I like image Strawberries is another, when they are fresh and obviously tomatoes as you've already said.

    I think my list could actually be endless image

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,548

    Well I think you've covered it really,  LOVE  the smell of cut grass, tomato leaves, basil sage, rosemary. Eucalyptus,  cyrsanthumums (they remind me of my nans garden she had loads) strawberries blackberries. Pine cones/pine trees.

    The smell when you've just had rain, morning dew.

    Love the smell of  the shrub Daphne, but that cheating cos its the flower.


    s an indoor plant my mum had when I was young, can't remember the name but the leaves smelt of lemons.

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,548


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,837

    I mentioned on another thread that I love the smell of Blood, Fish and Bone so I  know what you and Verd mean Edd! image

    I hate the smell of tomato foliage, lavender and pelargoniums image Lily - perhaps you had them (pelargoniums) when you were young - some  have lemon scented leaves.

    I love cut grass and pine cones too. I love pruning bits off the pine tree I have here because of the smell of the resin, and I love using rosemary because of the smell when you cut it. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,881
    Verdun wrote (see)

    ............, common gorse is wonderful when massed on our Towans and we can walk amongst it,......

    Oh yes Verdun, the smell of gorse on a hot sunny day - absolutely intoxicating!

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Fairy girl.....really?? image  My beagles love the smell of blood, fish and bone too, so much so they dug up my plants to get to it.  There is a warning on the box that dogs might like it so dig it in well, now I know why!!!

    Nothing at all to do with plants but babies, love that freshly bathed baby smell image

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