This is going to be a quickie post becauuuuse….well, I have a Really Bad Toothache and all I want to do is go to bed and wait for the ibuprophen to kick in. Who knew one could hurt bad enough to actually look forward to going to the dentist??? Thursday is the day I get this wisdom tooth yanked. Is it Thursday yet? Apparently it will take 6-7minutes. I’ll be stoned out of my mind and won’t remember a thing. He promises. One can only hope.
But!! I have to tell you about Sunday. My neighbor has hostas lining her walkway that have pretty much taken over – but she was too chicken to divide them. I am HostaQueen so I offered to divide in exchange for the divisions – problem solved. In addition to the hostas she has a host of fiddelhead ferns growing rampant around her home – and they have invaded the hostas. I don’t pay a lot of attention to ferns – most of my garden is too sunny to support them with any decency so I have few opportunities to interact with them – but on Sunday I got down and dirty with the ferns.
Wow. Fern. The first fern I dug up was so ……….GREEN. Fairytale green. Green Mansions green. Dinosaur Green. Original Green (if you now have an Atomic Dog earworm, blame George Clinton. I’m just the channeler )You know, we talk about ‘green’ scents all the time – and I love the greens that I have….but I don’t think I’ve smelled anything that just …well…defined GREEN like that fern. Now, part of that could be that it’d just rained and nothing amps green like a good, solid, soaking rain….but…wow. This is not a soft green – this is all black earth and life and that weird, elusive pea-y (not pee. PEA), peaty, fresh-leaf/leaf mold smell that …well, I don’t think I’ve smelled anything so primal in my life. I know that ferns have been around since the Jurassic Era (possibly earlier) and they have the look and smell of something Beyond Ancient.
And I know I haven’t ever smelled this in a bottle. To be fair, until Sunday’s chance encounter I don’t think I’d given fougeres much thought. So I don’t have a lot of fern perfumes to compare. My sample of Jovoy Fougere, which lovely and very fresh, doesn’t smell anything like that fern. Donna wrote about ferns on PST here – but her ferns are of a softer sort (great review, btw). Roger and Gallet has the eponymous Fern Perfume, which I haven’t tried….
So I throw it out to you guys – have any of you recommendations for a Jurassic Green fern perfume? Once I recover from this toothache, I’d like to start exploring that genre.