Smell of The Day is about noticing and appreciating the smells around me. Just one smell. It might be a perfume, a fragrant flower, the odour of something cooking, an unpleasant smell. All smells are equal. All smells are interesting. All smells affect us. Smell of The Day posts will feature one smell that made an impact on me that day.
Smell of the Day: Canola Flowers
Spring is here. The days are getting longer and the temperature is warming up. Baby magpies cry out to be fed from nests in the tall gum trees. Their parents swoop me and screech threatening battle songs as I walk across the paddocks of canola. We’ve been watching the canola crop grow for months now; in the last few weeks it’s shot up to almost chest height, and each plant is covered in dozens of tiny, yellow flowers. The bright, almost fluorescent yellow of the flowers is incredibly uplifting.
Hundreds of acres of canola flowers surround our house, yet today was the first day I smelt their scent wafting on the breeze. There must be literally millions, if not billions of the tiny flowers, but their combined scent is surprisingly subtle, until you smell the flowers up close. The scent of canola shares similarities with other yellow flowers: I think of the bright, rich scent of yellow daffodils when I inhale. There is a faintly urinous note and something deeper, more animalic and fleshy almost. Overall however, canola is a sweet, bright and semi-powdery smell, slightly reminiscent of wattle, but much more gutsy. It’s narcotic, syrupy, rounded, rich and sharp all at once. As far as I’m aware, canola is not used in perfumery, which is a shame. This magical ingredient would work beautifully in a vintage-style floral-oriental fragrance.