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  • MarineliliumMarinelilium Posts: 213
    The response to flower ( any smells really) depends on nerve receptors so some can detect the sweet almond smell in hawthorn from the amygdalin chemical which attracts bees and under that is another chemical called trimethylamine which attracts flies and other insects.

    Lamium uses both chemicals too to increase the plant's potential insect visitors. Some people can smell both and some can only smell the amygdaloid. Trimethylamine is the smell of animal decay and infections so count yourself lucky if you can't smell it in blossoms!
  • JengilJengil Posts: 35

    When I was pregnant my husband bought me a bunch of flowers with lillies in. After a while the smell made me feel so sick he had to take them out. Ever since I haven't been able to stand the smell.

  • Jengil - I sympathise, though for me it wasn't a plant smell but a perfume:  Poison.  It was so heavy and sickly that I had to ask a member of staff not to wear it because it affected me so badly.  And I can't stand it to this day.  (fortunately, it's not particularly popular, I think.  A bit like Brut aftershave - yuk!) 

    imageSorry - drifted away from plant smells.  But I can remember only too well that perfume smell nearly a quarter of a century ago!!!!

  • MarineliliumMarinelilium Posts: 213
    Pheromones and hormones are linked, so your experience Jengil is quite usual in pregnancy. Higher hormone levels mean heightened reactions to strong smells and tastes. These leave a nerve memory ' marker' on the receptors which is why whiffs evoke such powerful and vivid memories.

    Maybe part of our survival story - evolved to help us remember what to leave well alone and what was ok to use or eat again?
  • hi , yes the box is smelly, i didn't realise that the smell was actually from the plant, i thought that cats/foxes were to blame by senting their territory, silly me,(lol) also i need help with the box just bought 2 topiary's in a pot cone shape, but one of them all down one side is changing colour from green to tan colour looks like its dying but at the top it is shooting a little too!!??!! what would i of done to course this, its watered well,they are by the front door south facing, only had them 3 wks, they stand about 2 ft high from rim of pot.

    from one happy gardener. thank you .
  • DaisybirdDaisybird Posts: 12
    Sorry, but It sounds like your new purchases may have box blight - a really virulent disease that is often hard to catch early. It may start with 1 or 2 rust coloured leaves which pass unnoticed as all plants lose the odd leaf. Some patches may die whilst other growth looks ok, unfortunately the whole plant will ice eventually. Plants should be destroyed or burnt, definitely not composted. Hope this has helped a little. As for nasty smelling plants, I hate the smell of tomato foliage, and geraniums - yuk!
  • DaisybirdDaisybird Posts: 12
    Meant to say plants "will eventually die", in last post, sorry, it is late
    I love the smell of lillies and cordyline australis flowers, but my husband hates them. The smell irritates his nose so much we had to get rid of the cordyline. I refuse to get rid of my lillies tho. You could smell the cordyline flower in the house if the doors or windows were open. Hubbys not too happy tho as next door neighbour has planted one quite close to our fence, so he will not be able to get away from it !
  • thank you daisybird. that has really helped, shall be taking the box back only had it for two wks. and yes i realised what you meant ice/die . how can it be treated if its caught early?

  • granmagranma Posts: 1,879
    Hi, I bought this plant(Dracunculus Vulgaris)around 4 years ago . Thought such a differant beautiful plant was too nice for the bottom of our garden and risk it being sprayed by the farmer who rents the land at the end of our garden.I also thought surly a beautiful plant couldnt smell SO BAD ! This was before we had an established hedge . So one tuber was planted half way down in the large border.

    I was so wrong about the smell, it is FOWL - capital letters FOWL ! As we keep chickens a friend commented on a horrible smell , asked me if I had a chicken gone missing over the last few weeks. I realised it was my latest plant and she thought it was a rotting corpse!

    Anyway back to the plant itself - I find it spectacular in every stage of its growth. It first starts poking pointed tips through the ground . They grow fast at each stage I find them photogenic ( and Yes I am into photography work as a hobby )They have brilliant markings even at this stage. Then the leaves unfold .I'm surprised I have'nt had a visit from our boys in Blue- the amount of times after catching someones eye as they question me about them , I calmly explain they are related to the cannabis family - but no I have'nt tried them . Still there is time I suppose!

    Again back to the plant! The underneath part of the flower is Calla lily shaped but gigantic in comparison. I measured one last year and without no word of a lie it measured a Wowing 36 inches from the very tip to thetop of the ' funnel like bulbus bit'. The much darker spathe measured 34 ins.

    Luckily they are best for a one day spectacular. Don't blink or you'l miss it ! I'm afraid the smell lingers slightly longer........
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