I was just looking around my house at the half dozen amaryllis blooming on various mantles and tables–and feeling annoyed that even though they are so pretty, they have no scent–when I ran across this hopeful piece in the BBC EarthNews. It assures me there will soon be much more fragrance in my life, thanks to climate change: Higher temperatures are likely to encourage plants to produce more of the volatile organic compounds that give them their perfume. A lot more. Scientists estimate maybe 30 to 40% more. So, if your lilacs, roses, lilies, and Korean spice viburnums knock you out today…just wait.
Not mentioned in the article is the fact that these compounds are also involved in flavor. I'm assuming climate change will give me tastier tomatoes and basil, too. What a silver lining!