Didn't spring for a live tree this year? Never fear. There are still a few tried-and-true tricks that will make your whole house smell like holiday happiness. Pick your favorite and get its magic working before your friends and family arrive.
Although my nest is now empty, I've found I can reminisce about my kids' childhood this Mother's Day by spritzing these scents from Demeter Fragrance Library, which are the next best thing to going back in time. In some ways, they may actually be better.
M.J. Rose is the international best-selling author of 13 novels and three non-fiction books. Her most recent novel, Seduction, has received rave reviews from USA Today, Publisher's Weekly and many others.
It comes as no surprise to me that the Sword-billed Hummingbird, with its immensely elongated bill, has co-evolved with certain passion flowers, such as P. mixta; nor that Yellow Passion Flower pollen is apparently the only pollen eaten by the unusual bee Anthemurgus passiflorae.
When you're really passionate about wine, there's nothing better than getting an opportunity to visit one of your favorite wineries, meet the winemaker and then have a blending session led by that winemaker.
It's hard to find a more congenial twosome than late-blooming lilacs and early-blooming peonies. They are compatible in color, fragrance and form. If their beauty doesn't hold your attention, their perfume will.