The only sweet smells in the house came from garden flowers: daffodils, lilacs, peonies and roses. Our mother did not grow lilies. She considered their fragrance too strong. She did let lilies-of-the-valley grow freely, because my grandmother and sister liked them in small bouquets upstairs. At the holidays, household fragrance came from Scotch pine trees and balsam, with the smell of the turkey and steam seeping through the pantry doors on Christmas Eve afternoon.