Bringing flowers indoors, especially for people struggling with a limited physical ability to walk outdoors, means a lot to anyone who hasn’t seen or smelled any flowers in quite awhile. One of the more impressive experiences I’ve had while working at Fern Lodge, is that of witnessing not only when a patient falls in love with looking at fresh home-grown flowers in a vase; but when they stick their nose into a bouquet, to watch their surprised and delighted reaction to the fragrances they suddenly discover. Being a keen advocate of planting deliciously fragrant roses myself, for example, sharing that joy with others has been especially meaningful to me.
I was curious about trying to find whatever Mrs. Eddy might have written on the topic of scent. Here’s an interesting comment I found in Mary Baker Eddy’s Message for 1900 (8:7-10): “As in the floral kingdom odors emit characteristics of tree and flower, a perfume or a poison, so the human character comes forth a blessing or a bane upon individuals and society.”
The attached photo of the lovely pink rose, “Strawberry Hill”, seen floating in water in a small green sorbet bowl on one of the Fern Lodge breakfast tables, is an excellent example of the delicious myrrh fragrance often found in many of David Austin’s “English” roses.