February is the month when the mimosa comes into flower, brightening up late winter with its scented yellow bobbles. Here is a jug-full from Apt market.
These flowers will almost certainly have come from further south, les terres du sud along the
coast where whole hillsides in blossom sent out waves of sweet perfume. A heady trail leads from Bormes-les-Mimosas to Riviera , blending with pines and herbs as the sun warms the landscape. Grasse
Mimosa scent, to me, is a curious lingering mixture of powdery almonds and honey, with a hint of candyfloss and that white paper glue in a pot (with a little spreading spatula) that you never see anymore.
It’s the centrepiece of a new Annick Goutal soliflore fragrance, Le Mimosa – soliflore, because it concentrates on the character of only one flower in a starring role, though we’re told there will be a supporting cast of peach, sandalwood, powdery iris and anise. It will be in the shops in March, and I can’t wait to try it.