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Today (April 19) the daffodil at the base of the Ponderosa pine opened.

Daffodil and hyacinth

And indeed, hyacinths smell just like I remember, sweet with rank undertones. A scent bold enough to infuse a room, if forced indoors. Outside, though, to smell the hyacinth you must get down on its level.

If you’re interested in the smell-environment, the 5:29 minute video of scent expert Sissel Tolaas’ visit to Cape Town, where she is working on ideas for a scent map or tour, is quite interesting.