Holiday Aromas

There are some scents that instantly bring back memories, and the smell of cloves and oranges always make me think of Christmas. When my husband and I were first married, I made a Christmas centerpiece with pine branches from a tree in our backyard, and I put them in a little basket. On top I added an orange in which I had inserted rows of whole cloves, and oh my gosh, it smelled heavenly for over a week.

Holiday Aromas
Holiday Aromas

If you ever try this, here is a tip: Use a pushpin or other sharp item to make pilot holes, and then insert the cloves into those holes rather than trying to push them directly into the orange. Your fingertips will thank you!

Magnolia

If you have ever smelled a fragrant magnolia on a steamy day in North Carolina, you will never forget it.  Its scent is described as lemony or citrus-like, creamy sweet with cherry undertones, and richly aromatic.  I don’t know about all that, but this delightful blossom certainly exudes romance and beauty.

Magnolia, Cary, NC

Magnolia, Cary, NC

On our travels each summer we stop for a night in Cary, North Carolina, where blossoming magnolias seem to be everywhere.  Last year I took this photo in Cary and painted it a few times until I was finally happy with this one.  I am fascinated by the Magnolia’s scent and beauty each year and fall in love with them all over again.  Maybe that is why they are thought of as a romantic flower!