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Friday, February 03, 2006

banana flower II

First my thanks to Anya who brought to my attention that there exists a bush, called banana bush for its fragrant flowers, of the genus Magnolia, not related at all to the banana tree that we know (Musa). For more details: Follow this link…http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/5219/1304/1600/clementine.gif

And second: Maybe there is more behind Escada’s Pacific Paradise marketing. In light of the banana bush with its fragrant flowers, the marketing message ( a fruity scent with the fragrance of coconut sorbet and banana flowers) makes more sense. For all those like me who don’t know that there exists a banana bush: We associate tropical fruits and large, exotic flowers….for all those aware of the banana bush: Their association is more focused to a real flower scent. An intriguing ambiguity. Nice.
Nevertheless, I am still inclined to give them a call and ask what a banana flower smells like. Do they know?
(picture: detail of the spoiled Clementine bush with one little flower)


Blogger Heather said...

A tale to tell:

Many years ago I bought a very ordinary house - by far and away the least favoured house I have ever owned - I never enjoyed living there and never really cared about it to make it better.

The people who owned it before us felt differently - and bought an exotic magnolia from Kew Gardens and nursed and cared for it for years - it grew at the side of the house like a huge rubber plant/tree thing - but it never produced so much as a bud.

Not the best driver in the world - the tatty bush was always in the way of my car door and it often took a bashing and got cursed regularly. BUT

The first summer we moved there and for every summer thereafter it produced one stunning and perfect bloom - much to the previous owners disgust!

Not sure of the moral but it seemed apporpriate to your clementine.

2:25 AM  
Anonymous Anya said...

Sweet little flower, Andy. Here's a tip I learned after a zillion white flower photos -- when none of the details showed, or they glowed white. If your camera has a macro lens, and a white balance feature, tweak the white balance. I can finally take pics of small white flowers ;-) I see a little lack of clarity in your photo, and I think it might be the white balance.

6:42 AM  
Blogger Anya said...

Forgot to mention, Andy -- Genus is Michelia, not Magnolia, albeit the M. figo and related champacas, golden and white, are in the Family Magnoliaceae, and are commonly called Magnolias (which is technically incorrect, since there is the Genus Magnolia, as in M. grandiflora.) The heady, almost choking, overwhelming scent of the flowers of the Magnoliaceae is universal across most of Genus' found in the family, however.

I don't know of a source for an absolute or EO of the M. grandiflora, which is odd -- why isn't it produced? I find that most products on the market are made of synths, to cater to those who want the American magnolia scent in a soap bar or lotion. Whoa, got far off-topic. Back to Andy's musing on the banana flower-- see if you can get an M. figo plant. They're easy to care for, and bloom freely.

6:50 AM  
Blogger andy said...

Dear Anya
Thank you for your nice comment. Yes, this might also be another topic how certain genus produce flowers with very similar scents and others have very, very different scents from one species within a genus to the other.

and thank you for the tip. You know... one problem was also that I took the pix within 10 seconds in the morning, without coffee and there was no time left to optimise, as a matter of fact it is not entirely clear also because my hand was probably somewhat trembly in the morning....
Have a nice, sunny, fragrant weekend!
Dear Heather
Thank you for this tale. I will think in it when I handle my car the next time. Unfortunately, my clementine bush will never come close to my car... but I will try to simulate it in summer!

7:25 AM  

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