Monday, August 25, 2008

What does a geranium smell like?

I’ve never had a good sense of smell. The odd time an odor penetrates my awareness, a color immediately springs to mind …i.e. bananas remind me of purple, and purple smells like a banana.
For this reason, I’m mystified when one odor is used to describe another. I mean if you say something smells like a skunk, I certainly get that because I’ve de-skunked my dog a couple of times. But on the whole, I’d have to say that smell is uncharted territory for me; when I was trying to figure how to describe the odor of a geranium, all I could come up with was something visual.

4 comments:

A bird in the hand said...

It's the leaves that have a strong scent -- I would call it lemony.

xox

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Anonymous said...

I've always thought they smell like urine.

Anonymous said...

Old pee is right on. Interestingly, only some smell it this way, it is a genetic variability, and not "learned". My wife perceives this as an intense floral scent. We have otherwise the same perception of smell.