The wisteria tree at the station smells so bloody gorgeous, like a phenomenal hit of stargazer lilies; stocks; lilacs and purple jasmine that I swear it just made my pupils dilate

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I can’t capture its grandiosity here, but the smell just took my breath away.

An ORGASMIC smell.

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16 responses to “The wisteria tree at the station smells so bloody gorgeous, like a phenomenal hit of stargazer lilies; stocks; lilacs and purple jasmine that I swear it just made my pupils dilate

  1. Holly

    Isn’t it, though?

  2. They smell amazing! They are blooming all over Southeastern Virginia now.

    • Seriously: the train doors opened, I walked a few metres and then it was like some kind of awakening; my eyes opened wider and I was just sniffing like a dog trying to find the source.

      And then I looked above me……So intoxicating.

      I wonder if the Virginia and Kamakura varietals are identical? Do they smell kind of spicy and lily like and just deeply pink and mauve (swoon)?

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  4. I used to love it when wisteria were in bloom in Japan. Unfortunately, they are not around very long.

  5. Georgayne

    Oh that brought back memories! As a kid a neighbor had an arbor that supported 4 ancient wisterias. Inside the arbor were two small benches where one could sit and drink in the wonderful fragrance…until it got to be too much or the flying insects started noticing you instead. As Bob Hope would say, thanks for the memories :)!

    • In England I never smelled them, although there was a cafe in London’s Crouch End D and I used to go to early on in our relationship called Wisteria which had the most delicious tuna melts…

      For me therefore this wisteria smell isn’t anything nostalgic but something new and very vivid; I think lilac might have the effect you mention here, as we definitely had a lilac tree in my childhood garden. I much prefer this smell, though. Glorious. Like it is celebrating itself.

  6. Georgayne

    It’s funny, you spoke of lilacs and looking out of my studio windows a row of Japanese lilac trees are in full bloom and the scent is heavenly.
    “Like it is celebrating itself.” What a great analogy. The flower…that is the peacock….of the fragrance world. Has wisteria ever shown up as a component in a fragrance? Just wondering.

  7. Wisteria on a grey grey day in Paris and the exhibition of Lalique and me …
    A love ago.
    I did not know they had a fragrance.

  8. I adore wisteria, but do not recall having smelt the fragrance. I will have to look in the local gardening nursery and see if the have any wisteria, would love to walk out of my door and be greeted with that level of scented loveliness.
    Really wish I were there though, just to experience all of these amazing, and natural, wonders.

  9. Just remembering the day in Paris: I SMELLED them then as well. Not much, but definitely there was a fragrance to them. Maybe the scent comes free with rain. It was raining very softly that day, a moth rain, as we call it in Holland.

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