Sunday, April 10, 2011
If your favorite smell was a color
1 a small aromatic evergreen shrub of the mint family, with narrow leaves and bluish-purple flowers.
• the flowers and stalks of such a shrub dried and used to give a pleasant smell to clothes and bed linens.
• dated used in reference to refinement or gentility : [as adj. ] she had a certain lavender charm.
2 a pale blue color with a trace of mauve
Also: My favorite smell, flower, AND another name for Purple (my favorite color).
When I first moved to North Carolina, my mom bought me a beautiful lavender plant. I kept it alive and looking and smelling lovely for a month or so, when I got an opportunity to work at my previous job in Virginia for two weeks. Since I hadn't found work in North Carolina yet, I jumped at the opportunity, and left the care of my lavender plant to my brother and sister-in-law at home. When I returned two weeks later, I was greeted by a dry and dying plant. My heart sunk. I wasn't able to nurse it back to health.
Since then, I've tried twice to grow lavender (from a seed, and also from a small plant that hadn't gotten blooms yet), with no success. I get the itch again every now and then, but have decided to just let it go, and leave the growing to the professionals.
I do, however, use lavender-scented laundry detergent, dryer sheets, body lotion, body wash, and air freshener in the car. It's not exactly the same, but the smell is amazing.
If your favorite smell was a color, what would it be?