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!
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