Monday, 23 May 2011


Aaah! - Gramownessence - that wonderful smell

“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains...” (Diana Ackerman) - or immediately transport you back to those many arduous but well-spent Saturdays mowing the lawn.

There's that lush, sweet, earth, warm, grassy smell wafting through the air as you push (or watch someone else push) the mower over the luminescent sward.

What's the word for that...? There's a wonderful word for the rich smell of rain on dry ground - petrichor - but not for freshy cut grass, until now that is.

Gramownessence (n.) - the scent of freshly mown grass. 

Etymology: from graminaceous (pertaining to grass), mown (cut down), and essence (perfume).

Usage: "The hum of lawn mowers and sweet, earthy gramownessence always reminds me of warm summer days."

So, deliciate in the gramownesscence, and don't forget to lie in, roll on, and deeply contemplate upon the incomparable wonder that is Grass

Now available as a scented candle

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Btw, scientists say gramownessence is a distress signal in response to cutting to call in the insect troops for help and to heal the open wounds, but scientists perhaps need to spend a bit more time on and in the grass ... 

And now officially recognised as one of the essential keys to human happiness on planet Earth

Happiness is...


  1. I can see that you absolutely love grass, Craig. Watching it grow, mowing it, smelling it, rolling in it, ... perhaps eating it? Or even smoking it?

  2. So "Petrichor" was first referenced by you, of course, even before the GRP came together! I now get 'Gramownessence'. Wonderful. I am now longing for summer :)

  3. John, please do inhale - deeply. Goes well with a good whiff of the old Petrichor. Any sign yet of nature spring back into green life and birdsong?