It’s all about the birds and the bees…and some other bugs and bats. Flowers give off different scents designed to attract the specific pollinator that will ensure the proliferation of its species.
Some smell lovely and invite pretty pollinators like hummingbirds and bees.
Others, such as Rafflesia arnoldii the largest flower in the world send out the wafting scent of rotting meat with undertones of feces. Mmmmm. While not the bloom of choice for the centerpiece on a dining room table, it succeeds in attracting the proper pollinators. In this case flies and beetles that enjoy laying their eggs in rotting carcasses or feces!
Enjoy tequila? Or using Agave as a sugar substitute? Give thanks to bats! These underappreciated pollinators (and voracious mosquito eaters) are responsible for pollinating agave which is used to make both tequila and the popular sugar substitute. Agave blossoms lure bats in by blooming at night and giving off a smell similar to rotting fruit.
It takes all kinds of scents and pollinators to make the earth the wondrous place it is and if you are lucky enough to have a garden what a wonderful opportunity to be a part of it all!
Creating a scented garden is not only a delight for the olfactory senses, it adds value to your garden experience by attracting pollinators. As if breathing in the rich, natural, perfume of blossoms isn’t reward enough, there is nothing more relaxing than working in a garden while watching the lazy flutter of a butterfly, listening to the hum of bees or watching hummingbirds dart about like winged jewels. Knowing you helped create the perfumed smorgasbord only makes it all the more beautiful.