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Re: [Aroid-l] Thoughts on GOOD SMELLING A. bulbifer

From : 	Susan B <honeybunny442@yahoo.com>
Reply-To : 	Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent : 	Saturday, June 23, 2007 3:32 PM
To : 	Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Subject : 	Re: [Aroid-l] Thoughts on GOOD SMELLING A. bulbifer

Dear Susan, C.J. and Amorphophrieds,

Thanks for confirming that in fact there IS a 'good'-smelling' A. bulbifer, 
I can FINALLY sleep a restful nights sleep after all these years worrying 
about it!    I wonder where all the people who INSISTED that I was crazy, 
that ALL P. bulbifer smelt horrible are??
Cat got your tongues, or maybe it is biting your typing finger?!?!?!

>>Dear Julius and friends,
I thought the first bulbifer that ever bloomed for me had a good smell and I 
commented on this during the original line.
But I might have a faulty memory- it has happened before~!
This would have been in about 2002 and I think the tuber came either from 
Plant Delights or Enid.  Unfortunately, the tuber has gone to the big 
greenhouse in the sky-  :)<<

Your memory is not faulty in THIS case, since in fact there IS a 
good-smelling A. bilbifer, and a really bad smelling one also!

>>Julius, some people simply cannot smell these good smelling aroids.  My 
>>Arisaema candidissimum smell like cotton candy to me, my husband cannot 
>>smell it at all.<<

I know that different individuals both smell and TASTE things VERY 
differently, that their perception of 'pleasant' vs. 'repulsive' is SO very 
different, and have debated if I see exactly the same as you or another 
person might!   And this is NOT taking into account color-blindness!   My 
dear friend, the late Lynn Hannon, was COMPLETELY color blind, and she used 
to try to imagine what colors were like!   Interesting to contemplate!

<<This morning I walked out on our porch and called to Harry:  "I smell 
gas!!"  which is odd since we have electric power.  Then it smelled like 
road kill.... it was only after I read Julius' email that it registered it 
was an Aroid blooming (albus).

Yes, some REALLY smell bad!   Better you than me to have one close to my 
house!  I still remember the late and dear Fanny Phillips' round-robin 
Amorphophallus group letter (yes, there WAS life before e-mail, young ones!) 
where she described the blooming of her first A. konjac.   She had been 
warned that it would smell horribly, much like a dead dog, but was assured 
that the smell would only last a day or so.    She said as the thing, 
planted far-off in a FAR-corner of her garden opened, sure enough a dead-dog 
smell was STRONG in her yard and neighborhood.   It lasted one, then two, 
then after several more days she thought that she had better investigate, 
and on walking down her garden to the plant, she actually found  that a poor 
stray dog had died and was rotting near to the now-wilting bloom!

The Best, and Thanks again to C.J. and Susan.


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