A Heady Romance – Fragrant Paperwhite Arrangement

with Gymea leaves, Dusty Miller and Virburnum

The name of this week’s box is inspired by the paper white flower and its origins! A Mediterranean native, it belongs to the Narcissus family (ah Narc, remember him? Totally in love with himself!) and has a strong musky fragrance that’s best described as “heady”.

Their scent, which can be quite divisive, is thanks to a biochemical called ‘Indole’. It’s a strangely compelling smell, alluring… and possibly a teeny bit disgusting, since it’s present in both flowers and, um… faeces!

But before you panic, Indole is also found in the perfume extracted from many of the “sexier” smelling flowers – think orange blossom, tuberose, magnolia, jasmine and regular old rose!

Proving once for all that Mother Nature and her nuances are nothing short of magical, expertly blending the fragrant and the foul and presenting it in these beautiful, pure white, dancing petals!

gymea paperwhites dusty miller arrangement



gymea paperwhites dusty miller

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • 2 bunches of paperwhites

  • 2 gymea leaves

  • Viburnum and dusty miller foliage

  • clean vase and fresh water

  • sharp scissors or flower shears


About the Author:

Philomena is the founder of Bloombox Co, occasional hatmaker and pickle aficionado. She lives in Melbourne where she works to get locally grown flowers into homes and businesses.

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