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  •  Soft greenery, very pretty. (9+ / 0-)

    I like Fringecups too. That tall stem of delicate flowers. Haven't sniffed them before, but will. Intrigued by the earlier description of sticky cottonwood bracts, I gave them a sniff - a surprisingly flowery resiny smell, nice.

    Smell is such an evocative sense. Brings up memories and feelings in a way sounds and sights don't for me. Even opening the window in the morning to put out the bird feeders, smelling that fresh green cool air gives me a good feeling. I bet Bill the Dog has a whole repertoire of smells that engages him, even if sounds and sights pass him by these days.

    The native roses have leafed out now, and there's quite a bit of that bright orange rust fungus on them, but it doesn't seem to do them harm, they grow apace. The elderberry has flowered (not a nice scent). Sweet Woodruff has started flowering, and though not native, it's a pretty groundcover, with a lovely sweet delicate scent, and quite powerful for such tiny flowers. Salmonberry bushes are filled with green berries now, and the Shore Pines' explosion of pollen is imminent. Nothing produces bigger clouds of pollen around here than them. Ack. Ah-choo.

    Glad to hear the Eagles are having a successful year there in the Forest.

    •  Do let us know if you smell dirty socks (9+ / 0-)

      or lilies. I suspect there's a genetic thing with smell. Daughter bwren and I can go on and on about what we're smelling, sometimes realizing only afterwards that our companions have no clue what we're talking about. Fringecups smell of lilies to her, too.

      I would like to have Bill-the-Dog's sense of smell for one 24 hour period. Just once.

      Both of the native roses here have flower buds now. The little one, Baldhip Rosa gymnocarpa, smells of cheap 5&10 cent store soap to me, almost acrid. Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana) is divine - what roses should smell like. They grow in the more open places down near the lake and the wind from the shoreline sometimes carries their scent up and into the Forest, where it mingles with the fragrance of warm Forest duff.

      Shore Pine is Pinus contorta, yes? Some of the ones down at the Old School for Wayward Girls are in full pollen drop now. Like you said:


      I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

      by bwren on Thu May 02, 2013 at 05:55:25 PM PDT

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      •  Yup, P. contorta. You're ahead of us then. (7+ / 0-)

        Also with the roses. We have no buds yet at all, though even the foliage has a faint rose scent. Nootkas are common along the roads, and elsewhere, big patches. Like you say down there, open places. Deer won't eat it, so it proliferates. In a few weeks the air will be filled with that rosy aroma. I pick some of the buds and string them, hanging a loop from the rear view mirror. Quite heavenly. My fingers smell like roses even after several baths.

        The Baldhips prefer shadier places here. I see them up on the densely forested Hill. Haven't been up there for a while. Time to...spring, and new growth.

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