Harry (enter­ing the house): What is that hor­ri­ble smell?

Me: Smell? You mean dinner?

Harry: No, worse than that. It smells like Sarah was sprayed by a skunk again. Did she?

Me: No skunk. Now that you men­tion it though, there is a rank odor in here.

Harry (fol­low­ing his nose): UGH. It’s these things!

Me: By “these things” do you mean the hyacinths?

Harry: Is “hyacinth” the word for stinky flower?

Me: Aren’t they pretty? I forced them in these cute lit­tle hyacinth vases.

Harry: You forced them to do what? Smell bad?

Me: No, silly. Those are the bulbs you kept ask­ing me why I was keep­ing them in the refrig­er­a­tor. But now that you men­tion it, I have had a dull headache since they started bloom­ing. But aren’t they pretty?

Harry: Okay, but they stink. Can you put them some­where we can see them but can’t smell them?

Me: Good idea.



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13 Responses to “Was It Something We Said?”

  1. Karen Says:

    I’ve heard that paper­whites smell bad. I’ve never had suc­cess forc­ing them, myself!

  2. Vicky Says:

    Ha! You make me laugh. I found your blog through Black Wal­nut Dis­patch (which also makes me laugh). I love how your Harry said the flow­ers smell worse than your din­ner. Kudos for you for not see­ing an implied insult to your culi­nary skills and under­stand­ing what was really meant.

  3. Renee Says:

    Paper­whites are the worst!!! We played the “what’s that hor­ri­ble smell” game last year and were so dis­ap­pointed to find the source. Such a shame pretty flow­ers smell so foul!

  4. Robin Ripley Says:

    Karen and Renee — Yes, if any­thing can smell worse than hyacinths, it’s paper­whites. Every year I keep try­ing and every year they still stink.

    Hi Vicky — Ah, Harry actu­ally likes my cooking!


  5. Africanaussie Says:

    Oh they are so beau­ti­ful — I didn’t know they smelled bad! I love the pho­tos of the bad boys out­side with their sign :)

  6. Carol Says:

    That’s funny. They give me a headache, too, some­times. Good solution.

  7. Roberta Says:

    Awww.…poor hyacinths. I almost re-gifted bulbs for forc­ing last year. Glad I didn’t. When I opened the box they were noth­ing but dessi­cated husks. At least yours got to see the light of day before being banished.

  8. Claire Says:

    Good things come in small pack­ages! I think that a lit­tle of that scent is great but can become over­whelm­ing with a whole win­dowsill of flow­ers. Per­son­ally I like the scent, but I think you either hate it or love it!

  9. Jenni Says:

    Haha, that is too funny! That reminds me of some flow­ers we had in our wed­ding. They were yel­low balls on the end of a stick (no leaves, and I have no idea what they were). After the wed­ding we filled our house with vases and vases of flow­ers from the wed­ding and my hus­band swears that the yel­low balls smelled like farts, and com­plained about it often. LOL

  10. Karla Says:

    All the flow­ers in here looks beautiful..Thanks for shar­ing your funny story..

  11. Anna Says:

    Hah! I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t like hyacinths.

  12. Daylily Soup Says:

    LOL. I don’t blame you. I had the same expe­ri­ence with paper­whites! They smelled ter­ri­ble! Love the photos! :-)

  13. Esmeralda Says:

    I love your blog…and I got a good laugh out of the Hyacinth post. I forced some bulbs also and they finally bloomed last month. I had left one in the pot that they came in in my back yard and to my sur­prise it was flow­er­ing so much bet­ter than the ones I had to force.

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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