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Smilicena racemosa

Smilicena racemosa (Smilacina racemosa (False spikenard))

the smell is divine.

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It looks like a balancing acrobat, or is it just me?

12 May, 2013


it's just you mouldy:o)))

do you remember Ponds cold cream? it smells just like that, old fashioned roses. it is filling the garden with scent at the moment.

13 May, 2013


I used to have this Seaburngirl but lost it in one of the bad winters. Seeing your lovely plant and remembering the wonderful scent has reminded me that I should get another one.

14 May, 2013


Plant or jar, Jaykaty? Lol.
I thought they still sold it, Sbg.

14 May, 2013


i've not seen it for years. my mum used to use it.

15 May, 2013


I bought my mum a bottle of perfume called 'Lily of the Valley' from my very 1st wage packet.
Very proud moment. :-)

17 May, 2013


I adore the fragrance Lily of the valley, It was my wedding flowers motif and the pattern of the lace of my wedding dress.

17 May, 2013


Very superstitous was mum and, much as she loved & grew them, she wouldn't allow them in the house, as she believed they presaged a funeral.
That's why the perfume was such a great compromise.
Boy genius or what? ;-)
You didn't tell me you were married, Sbg.
I'm sorry, but we'll have to stop meeting each other! LOL.

18 May, 2013


yep just celebrated our 30th.
my mum wouldn't have hyacinths in the house as the smell reminded her of the smell in the house when her gran died. she thinks it was the embalming preparations used in the 1930s.

18 May, 2013


Congrats to you both!
I had many happy years...then I met my wife. Lol.
Mum was of Irish descent & every day was filled with folklore, myth & superstition. There was something for every occasion or situation.
We kids loved it, as you'd imagine.
Happy days. :-)

19 May, 2013


my family is from a seafaring background and superstition is rife there too. I still love folklore and even adhere to some of it such as not cutting toenails on a Tuesday. don't know why it was meant to bring bad luck but apparently it does.

19 May, 2013


The devil was supposed to be able to possess you, through your nails, but, like you, I ask why only on a Tuesday.
I read, as a boy, that sailors wore earings to stave off evil, which would be trapped to travel around in the circle of the earing for all eternity.
I liked the idea so much I pierced my own ear, when I was twelve & wore an earing for the next forty years. :-)

22 May, 2013


The earring came from the Phonecians, they wore a gold earing as a way of making sure they had the money to pay 'the ferryman' to take them into the underworld. If they were lost at sea they wouldnt be able to collect possesions nor would loved ones be able to put money on their eyes.

My grandad, a master mariner who sailed and steamed out of Newcastle at the turn of the 20th century was born in his 'caul' [amniotic sac] this was supposed to prevent you from drowing. He never learnt to swim, like so many mariners of his day. My brother asked him if he felt safe because of his caul. His reply; no swimming just prolongs the inevitable drowning if your ship sinks or you go overboard'. rather a fatalistic view. But he died at the ripe old age of 92 before I was born.

23 May, 2013

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