Heliotropes are such a pleasure for the nose. I’ve had one around the house most years, even in wintertime. They’re really perennials after all, and can go on for season after season if you live far enough south.
Here in northern New Jersey we are definitely not far enough south, so long before the first frost, I go out and rescue my heliotropes. This particular plant has now given me some offspring. They arrived by the rather simple method of rooting in water. It turns out that heliotropes, just like basil, will root in water quite easily, and so my one heliotrope has turned into three heliotropes, and this gives me a feeling of accomplishment (an idiotic one, since the heliotropes managed the operation on their own). Continue reading
The always curious Guts, noticing the pending arrival of St. Patrick’s Day, asked me if there was much in the way of Irish perfume in general or clover perfume in particular. I referred him to Le Trefle Incarnat (L.T. Piver) and to Yanky Clover (Richard Hudnut 1920-21), but it did make me wonder. Two perfumes only? This was pretty slim pickings
I vaguely remembered stumbling on an article on perfumery written by Jean Carles. It was mostly a general lecture given to young perfumers (he inaugurated the perfumery school at Roure in 1946), it was full of practical advice on how to cobble together new scents. What struck me was his list of four perfume types to practice on and the basic components of each. He included fougere and chypre, but also foin (hay) and trefle (clover).