Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Scent

Scent is the most potent and bewitching substance 
in the gardener's repertory 
and yet it is the most neglected 
and least understood. 
 The faintest waft is sometimes enough
to induce feelings of hunger or anticipation, 
or to transport you back through time and space 
to a long-forgotten moment
in your childhood. 
 It can overwhelm you in an instant 
or simply tease you, 
creeping into your consciousness slowly 
and evaporating almost the moment it it detected. 
 Each fragrance,
whether sweet or spicy, light or heavy,
 comes upon you  
in its own way 
and evokes its own 
emotional response.
~Stephen Lacey~