Just a little post today so anybody who wants to catch up on yesterday's invasive species post can do so before tomorrow's invasive species post.
We have a small patch of Convallaria in the back yard; it came with the house. I've heard things described as smelling like lily of the valley all my life, but had never (as far as I can recall) smelled the actual flower, so the information didn't really have any meaning for me. (I'm the same way about honeysuckle -- people say things smell like it, but I don't actually have a mental reference for that, never having knowingly smelled honeysuckle.) Now that I have smelled lily of the valley flowers . . . well, it's a "nice" smell, I guess. I would describe them as smelling like soap. Basically.
I bet honeysuckle probably smells like soap too.
I'm more a fan of the leaves than the flowers. By the end of the summer, they look a little ratty, but I like the bright green in the spring, and the perfectly parallel veins. As a bonus, they're really excellent for transmitted light photos.