Happy Almost-Friday! It's also National Dog Day and Women’s Equality Day. (A quick PSA: I am at the beach this week, and so the blog will be even lazier than usual.) What fragrance are you wearing?
Me: more ice cream points, zero perfume points.
Reminder: on 8/27 we're doing People change... wear something you never would have worn in your pre-perfumista days.
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2021, where I'll try to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
Note: top image is Indiana Dunes State Park, 1928 - Chesterton, Indiana [cropped] by Steve Shook at flickr; some rights reserved.
SotD = Chinatown!! Happy doggy day!!
You smell great!
Wearing Shalimar edc, which is good all year round. Happy dog day to you fortunate people who have dogs! We’d love to have a dog but we were warned at the shelter that our Larry the cat Does Not Play Well With Others and experience has proved that to be true.
You smell marvelous! Yes, SmokeyToes doesn’t play well with others as well. :/
Agree. You smell really really good.
Is the edc you’re wearing a new release or the one from a decade or two ago? (I guess it could also be the recent Cologne Eau de Toilette. .. or vintage cologne)
Hi! I haven’t seen you in ages ? it’s the one from a decade or two ago
I’m wearing Eau de Gloire by Parfum d’Empire.
Now I’m in Demeter Petrichor. I managed to get soaking wet coming back from lunch, and I thought it appropriate. The Eau de Gloire disappeared a couple of hours ago.
Another scorcher (39°C with the humidex) but overnight it’s supposed to drop below 20, finally, and be temperate for the next ten days. Here’s hoping!
I don’t have a lot of hot-weather fresh scents to choose from, not really my wheelhouse, but I’m in 4711 Acqua Colonia Mandarine & Cardamom, which is awfully nice, probably the best of the citrus-plus-herb/spice ones. (I *should* like Blood Orange & Basil but something about it rubs me the wrong way.)
Sending you some cool weather wishes. Plenty of cool weather to share here on the West Coast!
Have you tried the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic? I never have, but I think in general the Guerlains are better than the 4711 Acqua Colonias.
Wearing Jacques Fath Tempte d’Automne, a wonderful creamy sandalwood which comes in a cute small bottle. Always puts me in a meditative state. Drinking very strong coffee to counteract that and be on my game at work!
That does sound awfully nice, and all the respect for any company that makes 15-mL bottles. (I’m glad those 10-mL sprays exist but I don’t love those samey long-thin-boring tubes: I would rather the tiny bottle look like its bigger siblings, or at least be attractive and distinctive.)
I forgot to post yesterday and yesterday I spent the day in Lyric. Going to be a hot and humid day today and I am wearing no 19 edp. My dad came home from the hospital yesterday and doing good. Thanks for the well wishes for his surgery.
So glad he’s doing well! And you smell wonderful, of course.
I am so happy to hear dad is home and doing well! You smell marvelous!
Nice news on your father, Dawn.
Glad to hear your dad is home and feeling better!
Glad that your dad is back home.
SOTD OJ Damask.
Dogs are the best! This is a day I’m happy to celebrate.
SOTD: Black Cashmere and picked the right one today for its calming effects.
Oh, Black Cashmere is so, so good. I wear it a lot in the cooler months and it’s almost time to break it out, here.
Celebrating with you!
I’ve been nursing that Black Cashmere bottle since it came out.?
SOTD I’m re-trying Zoologist Chipmunk. I’m still not felling it but wanted to give it another go. Oh well.
I’m a cat person at home, but adore my friends rescue dog Lola, a pit-mix. I’ve never seen a more friendly or easy going doggie. She is always happy to see new humans, is VERY well behaved, and is so calm. Considering she had a rough start to life I’m surprised at her mellow personality. I’m always happy to babysit.
If it’s Nat’l Dog Day, maybe I’ll pay a visit and bring a treat.
FEELING it. Clumsy fingers.
When I read the notes, my first thought was…I have Angel Muse for my hazelnut needs.
That’s a great way to spend this day. I love Chipmunk. I have Muse(thank you to a sweet NSTer!) and I get the nut out of it. Muse, I love, as I love Angel and I find that Angel dust in Muse. My husband sure does!
The bottle can’t arrive quick enough!✌
So is the word on Chipmunk Nutty or No Nuts? Unlike LizzieB, my nut needs are unsatiated.
Same goes for eating nuts ? ?
I’ll wear my sample again tomorrow to give a nutty review.?
Jubilation XXV today. I think this qualifies for CP points as it’s a much bigger fragrance than I ever would have worn in my pre-perfumista days (at least in the decade before I got into perfume). Cool and rainy here today, but my plants need the rain.
I love that one, and it’s a bigger scent than I would have worn too.
I just went to the Polish food store we have in our town and was able to get all the groceries my Mom needed. There are some things that You cannot buy at a regular grocery like the Polish marinated red peppers. They are just distinct from the ones You can find at Publix (we have Publix down here).
I realized once again: I am waftin’ good good!! Love my Chinatown ?
Oh, I love Polish food! And I miss shopping at Publix. You are smelling fabulous!
In SF, we had a fantastic Russian grocery around the corner, it had a large variety of home made Russian foods and the cheapest vodka in town.
You know what? We also have a Russian food store like 2 blocks from my house. We shop there because Polish and Russians have the same kind of food:) but we switch back and forth between the two stores because one will be out of something that the other one still has on the shelf:)
That’s awesome! Mr. SmokeyToes makes awesome home made Pelmeni
What is super frustrating though is that I am waiting on my new blind purchase: THoO The Time travel spray. It had already been stated on my tracking it will arrive today. Then it has been sitting at my local post office facility since yesterday at 5:19am. Today when I checked there was no updates on my package and it should have been marked as “Out for delivery”. Yes yes I should be more patient. But how patient can I be? I so have been waiting for this to arrive in the mail!! And contacting my local post office proves futile as they do not ever answer the phone. The 1800 number will never give an option to speak to an agent. Makes me mad because ok if they just gave an option to speak to someone I wouldn’t complain in general. It is jot even about this package. What if I had medications in it? So nevermind this package but why will You not let Your customers get a hold of You? You can’t do that then deliver my package on time!! Do something better!!
Sometimes if you say representative randomly, you get connected. Or try pressing 0 or 8. You could also try contacting a neighboring post office, if they answer ask for an alternate phone number to the PO you want.
Thanks for the suggestion but no. That will not work either. Recently my mom mailed a package and had one digit wrong. This is why I tried for at least 2 hours to get a hold of a representative but instead I got into a labyrinth of voice options running me in circles and getting me to no live person…
I hear you. I’ve got three pkgs scheduled to arrive on a day when no one will be home to bring them inside and neither Fedex nor UPS will allow the delivery to be changed. Such sh*tty customer service.
Wow real bad customer service. Why is it such a big deal for them just to change the day of delivery?
Try making an account and using their phone apps, if you haven’t already. UPS gives you an option to change the delivery date (for a fee) or have it delivered to a UPS location where you can pick it up later. I think FedEx has something similar.
I’ve done this with ups though there’s usually a fee.
Even when You say You will go to them and pick it up?
For majokkobiachan (we were out of replies ) – I believe you can have UPS deliver to a UPS location or to your neighbor without fee, but changing the delivery date requires a fee (I assume because it would gum up their distribution facilities if everyone delayed their packages).
I did this. UPS says I can’t change the delivery until the first attempt is made (this means pkg will be left in front of door all day, unacceptable) and Fedex says delivery is restricted by the sender so no changes can be made other than to specify location, so I made a note to have it left inside backyard gate. Crossing fingers on that one. I contacted shipper of UPS box and asked them to change delivery date or require signature. FFS.
That’s annoying. Buying things should not be so complicated!
If it’s any consolation, the U.S. State Department service line for those who have passport applications in is worse. I spent 3.5 hours on the phone on hold one day — and that was *after* having dialed repeatedly because I kept getting connected to busy signals either initially or in their phone tree. Then I had to call back a couple of weeks later, and got the random busy signals for over an hour, in which I discovered that their phone trees change from call to call. Sometimes you press 1 for what you want, and then on the next call that option will be #2, so you have to actually listen to the options each time, not just punch through. Then when you press the right options, about three menus in, it takes you to a menu that has not a single option that matches your particular situation. And on and on. It’s the eighth circle of hell.
I hear you on the shipping updates. I’ve given up on trusting any of them — Canada Post, USPS, UPS, couriers, all of them have been completely inaccurate for the last year. Sometimes things come early. Sometimes they disappear for weeks. Sigh.
As far as USPS goes, I think it’s really location-dependent.
Or you could ask for “Ladies lingerie and sundries” and see where you get routed to…
Yes, I’m a smart ass and I never learn to keep my yap shut…
Kidding aside, it’s frustrating. I completely get it. I’m waiting for a Sephora package and UPS always seems to be delivered at the end of the day (or when I’m ‘indisposed’)…
I’ve been trying to bribe my UPS guy with cold beverages and cookies. So far, no luck.
Currently unscented but I’m figuring out a small work issue from my phone. I did buy a box of Astier de Villatte incense that I’m burning from, in the fabulous Porte des Lilas. Woody floral lilac heaven!
Stay safe everyone.
That scent sounds lovely!
It is! I’ve loved every incense I’ve tried from them. I think this one might be a bit more suited towards the candle but it is still exceptionally lovely.
Good to know. I am not big on burning incense, but I’ve always got a candle going and this one sounds fantastic!
I’m the opposite but the candles are lovely too. They’re a bit pricy for me though, whereas the incense isn’t quite the splurge.
Oh oh oh!! I must say Your incense sounds like heaven for sure!!
It is heavenly. ?
Today I am wearing Carven L’Eau de Toilette. Wonderfully waterey and dewey. I would have never liked this ten years ago. I wore it for my yearly physical this morning. I talked with my Doctor and decided to get vaccinated. So far I am feeling ok, other than having anxiety in general. I am now waiting for the oven repairman. I think my oven just couldn’t take me trying cook more than twice a month and decided to break down on me, lol.
I think a lot of people have discovered the limits of their appliances this year! I really think that unless it’s an Aga or a vintage gas/coal stove ovens really only expect to be used maybe 50 times a year.
That’s just crazy. Appliances are so expensive now too. Even the basic models.
So happy you decided to get vaccinated, lillyjo! ?
Thanks Deva. I’m happy to be seeing you around again!
Believe me, vaccination is better tan covid, I still suffer from my long covid after getting it in January
Yes, I learned a lot about long Covid today.
Sorry to hear that. I have ME/CFS, which has a lot of overlap with long covid.
yay for vaccine, your perfume sounds pretty.
It really is. I like the Partum version too. It took me a long time to appreciate a perfume that was pretty.
Congratulations on your shot! If you care to share, I’d be very interested to hear about what considerations went into your decision.
God luck with your oven. I think my poor AC unit is about to croak from all of the extra use last summer and this summer. Hoping that it will be balanced by my car living longer than it would have, but I’m not sure the math works out…
I didn’t want to make a decision until I was able to speak to my regular physician. He has been my Doctor for over half my life. He basically explained to me that even if I survived getting Covid that the lingering effects could be devastating especially on my heart. ( which already has enough issues) I already knew this, but hearing it from someone I trust and respect made all the difference.
I do the same math involving my car, lol!
It’s fantastic to have a doctor who knows you so well.
Also – I meant to say good luck with your oven, but I suppose “God luck” works too.
If Robin ever adds an editing option for comments, I would use it daily (although I wouldn’t be able to laugh at my embarrassing typos, so there’s that).
I am looking forward to my oven giving up the ghost, I want a new one. :-). Loved the LG ceramic cooktop/convection oven I had in Montréal and want to buy another one.
This is my new one, lol! It’s only 3 years old. It turns out I need a new heat sensor. It has to be ordered, of course.
Any reason why you can’t just annihilate it?
I’m trying not to be grossly wasteful by getting rid of it before it’s truly dead, but I fervently hope for a quick demise. It already is showing signs of failure, so hoping it won’t be much longer….
When our ancient oven died, Mr. Vee and I went to the appliance store to pick out a replacement, and while there decided to redo the whole kitchen, which led to plans to redo half of our first floor for a better layout, which led to us deciding to put that money toward buying a new house rather than undertaking a massive reno. So I like to tell people that we moved because our oven died. ?
Glad you are getting the vaccine.
Our stove had a large burner crap out about a year ago. We are still limping along with only 3 burners. I keep waiting for it to blow all of them so I can get a new stove but it keeps on going. Probably all the appliances will go at once here! My fridge has also been making suspect hums and noises for awhile too.
That’s what happened to my appliances. Microwave, stove then refrigerator. My dishwasher limping along.
Woo hoo on your vaxx! You mentioned your other doctor did not give you any reason for or otherwise which I think was terrible, but in any case, I’m glad you finally got it!
My regular Doctor is really wonderful. I won’t know who to trust once he retires.
Feeling a bit of a mess after yet another night of inadequate sleep, but I do get to take a hike on my beloved preserve this morning to look at some damaged fencing with a contractor and I’m hoping the fresh air and sunshine will do what coffee could not. Wearing Lys Mediterranee because it’s beautiful and fresh and summery and uplifting and all the things that I am currently not — hoping it’ll shift my tides away from dullness and despair and put some light back into the world!
Ohhh, bad sleep is such a drag! A walk in fresh air is always good! Hang in there Isabella, ((hugs)).
My sympathies on the lack of sleep, I’ve been struggling for over a month as well and relying on medication, which doesn’t give good quality sleep. I feel like the world is spiraling downward and there is nothing I can do, it’s hard to feel cheerful.
((cazaubon)), sending hugs your way also….
Thank you SmokeyToes. If it weren’t for my precious furry friend Mila it would be even harder, but she’s such a comfort to me.
Our furry babies are great, aren’t they?
Thank you Annie.
Sending love and light and chamomile your way! Sometimes I’ll take Benadryl at bedtime to break the cycle of a bad insomnia run, but then I wind up sort of just feeling bad in a different way the next morning. It seems like there’s a parallel pandemic of hopelessness and anxiety right now and I’m not sure what we can all do to help ourselves, except to be kind, take care of each other, cut our carbon emissions, write to our elected officials, pack our evacuation bags (in my region), and hope hope hope.
Thank you, the same back to you!
Sending hugs and fuzzy sheep to you and cazaubon and any other NSTers who also deal with insomnia. It is such a frustrating beast.
Thank you, it seems to sap my emotional stability and ability to think properly on top of just being plain miserable.
Happy Dog Day to all the Dogs and their Dog Lovers! I was going to clip T-Rex’s nails today, but I’ll let it slide in honor of Dog Day.
No perfume yet. The day is promising to be drizzly and dreary, so I’ll grab something warm and cozy like SHL 777 Taklamakan after coffee and breakfast. We may hop right back into bed and get all snuggled up for the remainder of the morning!
We did hear a rather disturbing screech/scream last night, which woke us both up. It must have been a cougar, bobcat, or some type of bird…? It’s pitch black here if it’s cloudy, which is was last night, so we didn’t see a thing. Also, generally astoundingly quiet, which makes for an excellent sleeping. Unless you get woken by some ungodly screeching…?
Oh I’ve heard and been woken by that at our cabin. We always figure it’s a rabbit or squirrel losing to an owl. It’s a very disturbing way to be awakened!
I just researched some animal sounds on YouTube and I’m almost 100% sure it was a bobcat.
That’s a great idea! I have some weird animal howls, screeches and screams. And my little dog looks like a snack.?
I know that exact screech. Breaks my heart, but I try to keep in mind that owls and coyote need to eat too.
Pretty sure it was a bobcat after doing a bit of YouTube research. We had dachshunds when I was a kid and they were always catching and killing rabbits, so I’m familiar with the screech of dying rabbits, unfortunately. It didn’t sound like that…
Ha! Reminds me of the hyenas in South Africa that scared the cr*p out of me.
I can understand that! Hyena teeth, jaws and head/neck musculature scare the heck out of me- the incredible strength and ferocity…and then top that off with that maniacal yip/laugh/giggle …??
Yikes, that is unnerving!
Happy dog day! We’d love to adopt a dog but only cats are allowed in our apartment. And SmokeyToes doesn’t play well with others. So there’s that.
My SOTD is Lauren perfume layered with the cologne. I am wafting big time.
I just finished a three-mile walk and am ready to crack open the work computer. Everyone have a great day!
How is the new home? We’d also like to adopt a dog, but we’re really uncertain how our kitty would respond.
I had a two year old Rottweiler and adopted a kitten. Then a few weeks later, my then boyfriend gifted me with a cockatiel for Valentine’s Day. Guess who ruled the roost? Yep, that bird was bad a$$ and both the dog and the cat gave him wide berth…The dog and cat became besties, maybe only in order to unite against the little feathered velociraptor, but they always snuggled together.
Awww, Rotties are fantastic! Such affectionate loyal dogs. *squish*
The new home is wonderful! We are really loving the neighborhood and sunny weather. My tomatoes and peppers are growing like crazy (it’s a miracle, I have a brown thumb).
I hear you on the cat situation. I had a friend recently adopt a puppy she thought had been vetted around cats by the agency. There were a few unfortunate encounters (the cat is safe but isn’t amused).
Any way you can borrow a friend’s dog for a trial run with your cat?
I think our first experiment will see how she handles having a stranger stay with us for a week. ??
Am in very easy Brazillian Lime from Beauty Pie.
Declined a last minute meeting in which I was expected to teach an entire process. I am not a person who can teach an entire enterprise process on the fly like that- I need time to mentally prepare MYSELF, and to prepare for the people who would need to learn the process. IN this case, the people being taught have English as a second language and are relatively new to the enterprise processes. Although I do speak the home language, these are people who need extra time and practice in order to get these processes done. Because these are enterprise processes, they have a direct impact on finances. Doing a last minute meeting like this is thoughtless.
Anyways, cool fresh weather and steel grey clouds! Yay!
I might have missed something, did you get a new job?
No- this is the old job, trying to squeeze every last bit of juice that it can.
I said nope and peaced out of the meeting, then went right back to my workstation to do my end of month duties.
Can I borrow your ability to say no?
It is a gift! *sprays the power no to ill thought out ideas*
Good for you for saying no?
I totally understand your rant and support the peace out!
That meeting sounds like it was setting up you and the attendees for failure. Your peacing out saved them from headaches too.
As it turns out, they asked to re- schedule, which I was able to do, and I developed a teaching guide for the meeting ( a week from now) because I do keep notes on various processes. But I am over the whole “we will dump this in your lap and let you deal with it” ethos.
Tsk tsk on your current employer. There was a time when we outsourced a bunch of processes elsewhere. I was not involved but I sat near several people who were. Oh my Lord, the amount of and the way the processes had to be documented were unreal, so much so that when an unexpected thing happened, it was not in the procedures and they were not savvy enough to figure out what to do.
And this is thing! There was a lack of respect for what I do and what the new people would be doing- because what we do would be in actual production and has an impact on finance. If things screw up, and I am not there, then you have a whole yakkity sax situation that no one needs.
Agent Provocateur today, something which I would not have worn 10 years ago. The weather was cool and drizzly, so perfect for today
Love that! You smell great!
That’s a great choice for the CP! I also would never have worn AP before I got seriously involved with perfume, but I love it on cool days. I always feel a bit droll in it, like I’m wearing a feather boa to the grocery store…
Doing the CP on this cool, cloudy day with L’Heure Bleue EDT. I definitely wasn’t into the classics before becoming a full on perfumista. And I got some of the EDP in a swap back in the day on MUA and was very much not a fan. I’m glad I re-tried it years later and found the EDT works for me. And I thunked my decant! I do still have another decant from the last swap meet though.
You are a better perfumista than I am — I never did grow into LHB.
I’m commando still but can still smell traces of CdG Copper which I tried yesterday afternoon when I shopped for some small birthday gifts at our local store with niche perfumes, Kuhl-Linscomb. Coumarin had posted about Copper and he said they had it there. It’s a very interesting scent, quite green (galbanum) but with a minty and, might I say, even metallic, aspect? It’s got amazing staying power. Must decide on something to put on today for after my shower. Also I’m trying to get an appointment at a hair salon where a friend goes. I’ve stuck with my haircutter for several years but she won’t get vaccinated and so I am choosing to go elsewhere. It’s too bad. She has that choice, but then so do I.
Copper sounds really interesting.
I don’t blame you one bit for switching. I hope you are recovering well from your recent surgery.
Glad you were able to get out for a sniff! ?
I hope you got the appointment.
Not that he provided any service to me but I stopped walking at the place where I like to walk because the chatty security guard is unvaxxed and an anti-masker. Thanks, but no thanks. I still go on the weekends as he works Monday to Friday.
I’m wearing CdG Vogue 125 today. LOTV is dominant, with a good dose of rose in the opening, followed by peony. I’m getting other, synthetic-like notes in the mix, but I’m not familiar enough with ink notes to identify it as that. To me it is a modern LOTV, and I like it. I see some people compare it to CdG’s Lily and I may do a side by side to see if I agree, but I think it may be closer to Jessica McClintock because of the rose note. This feels more abstract than JM tho, whereas JM seem more classically perfumey.
I like the description of your perfume!
Cap Neroli is my SOTD. Heading up the street soon to get a haircut and stop at the market for dinner supplies. We had dinner last night at a restaurant that many locals recommended. It was good. Not something I’d write home about, though. There’s just not that much variety in food here. (My attitude is…we will just create variety at home)
But I did have a very tasty Manhattan, served up in a pretty stem glass.
I love a well-made Manhattan, especially in a pretty stem glass!
Wearing POAL today. It felt crisp this morning and I was craving something heavy before a potential heat wave this weekend.
Happy dog day to all the wonderful pups out there!
Mmmm, POAL. I bought a wee bottle earlier this year but neither the weather nor my own inner sense of grandeur have been appopriate for it yet. No. 19 gets a lot of deserved love for being spine-stiffening and confidence-boosting, but POAL is what I’d put on if I needed to walk into a room and completely *own* it.
I was so intimidated by POAL for so long, I bought the travel spray set and hardly ever used it. It just seemed too over the top for me! But while working from home I’ve been much more daring in giving it a tiny spritz every now and then, and surprisingly, it hasn’t been overwhelming and I think to myself, I can pull this off!
You smell fabulous. I love PoaL, sadly it gives me a headache, but it smells wonderful on someone else.
Oh, that’s such a shame about giving you a headache. See my above response to Isabella about my own previous challenges with the scent!
Cool and rainy here today, enjoying cuddle time with the dog in Byredo Tobacco Mandarin.
Tobacco Mandarin is definitely on my radar after you mentioned it as your favorite from Byredo! It’s a pity my local Neiman lost its Byredo counter many years ago…..
It’s drizzly here this morning and I’m in Cuir Ottoman. It dawned on me just now that I’m inadvertently CP-compliant, as it would never have occurred to me in my pre-perfumista days that leather might be worn as perfume. Little did I know!
Hmmm ya, me too. But I wonder if I wore leather perfumes without being aware of it.
Presumably Chaps does, which I wore in high school…
I could make a really punny joke, butt, I’ll let it be.
I see what you did there.
I think the closest I ever got may have been Anais Anais, and I’m certain I never recognized a leather note in that even though it is listed as having one.
Really??? I’ve never caught the least hint of it, and it’s one I wear pretty regularly.
I’ll have to look for it next time.
Today vintage Yardley April Violet, this evening Fidji.
My pup wishes a happy day to you and yours. A nice day to honor those who have loved and lost their beautiful, loving friends for life, too. Not to mention the shelter workers and foster parents. Bless you all for having dogs and cats. One at a time for me, as my indoor cat hissed at me years ago. ??
SOTD: Le Labo Patchouli 24
I’m on my 4th little dog. Miss the others all the time, but they are so precious. Happy dog day to you and yours!
Aren’t they all just the best? Snuggles to yours. I’m sure our old friends are running around chasing balls, feasting and gnawing on bones on the other side of the ? Bridge.?
Hey! Did you see my response to you (I think from Sunday) about emailing me for the sample pack of Chris Rusak scents?
Oops! No I did not. I’ll check and thank you again. How very generous of you!
I’m wafting Tendre Madeleine, and smelling reminiscent of an upscale patisserie (not a bad thing in my book).
Arielle Shoshana Sunday which definitely fits the theme this week. While I love it now I definitely would have thought it was odd before my perfumista days.
I just wore this recently!
Hello, lovely people!
It’s been some time since I popped in, but I hope you’re all doing as well as possible.
No perfumes for me lately. Between heat waves and thunderstorms I try to do yardwork.
*garden rambling below* (lol!)
I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before that the plants from tropical climates that I have outside this summer are loving the hot and humid weather we’ve been having in southeastern Pennsylvania. The jasmine that’s native to the Philippines and the poet’s jasmine a.k.a. Arabian jasmine are blooming and blooming. The poet’s jasmine Jasminum grandiflorum has what I think of as a classic jasmine fragrance. It’s right by the front door, so you step out into an invisible cloud of lovely jasmine perfume.
The pineapple sage that I planted in the garden when it got warm in the spring is at least three feet tall and a couple of feet wide. The leaves have a very pleasant scent. I have ‘Red Hot Sally’ salvia (what a name!) in there, too, and that’s blooming. Also, cardinal flower is blooming in random places in the yard. There are a couple of them that I remember specifically planting near drainpipes. I’m not sure about the others.
I still need to plant the last shipment of roses that I ordered from Heirloom Roses, and ‘La Reine’ from the shipment before that. That last shipment came in late July. I’ve planted smaller plants since then, but I haven’t dug holes for roses. I suspect that by the time I get to it, they’ll have roots that have grown through the hole in the bottom of the pot and rooted into the ground. The rose ‘Because She Served,’ still in a pot, had a flower. The flower was a nice red, and had a good fragrance.
The “Two-Tone” rose that I got in the spring from a Direct Gardening mail order bloomed early in August. It’s not red and white like the picture. It’s yellow with a slight pink blush on the outer petals. Fortunately, I wasn’t trying very hard for a specific red, pink, and white color scheme in there, not after I ended up planting the ‘Winter Sunset’ Buck rose in that general area. I think the spurious “Two-Tone” rose bloomed late because I ended up digging up the Regal lily that grew up from underneath it and planting that elsewhere, and then replanting that rose. The yellow flower was pretty, and had a sugary-sweet fragrance.
As for lilies, I highly recommend the Regal lily. I had a gold-band lily bloom, and that was also very nice. The trick is to plant them quickly, before the bulbs dry out, and not keep digging them up when you’re planting other things, and then replanting the bulbs again eventually. Apparently many kinds of lilies don’t have the same sort of dormancy period that other types of bulbs do. I’ll be getting more gold-band lilies this fall, though, and I’ll try not to disturb them.
I ordered a couple of collections of irises from the Historic Iris Preservation Society during their summer sale, and got them in July. I did manage to plant those. The one gardening lady included “extras” left over apparently from a local gardening sale, and from when she was digging and dividing large clumps of irises. So I got bonus historical irises. I thought that was kind of amusing.
I managed to give some bulbs and rhizomes away to a friend. I dug up dozens of ‘Tete-a-Tete’ miniature daffodil bulbs so I could replant some that would have room to spread out again. I gave her at least a dozen, and then I laughed at a gardening ad offering 50 of them for $8.50, because I had that many for free. I gave her as many ‘Ice Follies’ daffodil bulbs as I had to hand from digging them up at various times this summer. We still have what I’m guessing is several dozen of them that need to be dug up and separated. I gave her a rhizome of an ‘Indian Chief’ iris and a piece of orris.
I moved many of my pots of herbs so they’re right near the back door. I can go out onto the little slab of pavement there and there are pots on either side of me, so I can pick chives, lovage, sage and thyme. The parsley and rosemary are a few yards away. (LOL!) Yes, I give myself a “Scarborough Fair’ earworm when I talk about the herbs. Also I have a few plants of lemon balm here and there, and at least five kinds of mint.
Oh my gosh, neyonrose, your garden sounds amazing! Do you have pictures you can share?
We have pictures we’ve taken over the years of flowers and herbs that have come and gone. I’ll see what I can send. We definitely took pictures of the yellow rose that was supposed to be red and white. It was pretty, just not what I’d ordered.
Other warm-climate plants that I experimented with this year included crinums. The ‘Ellen Bosanquet’ crinum actually bloomed. Usually I just get leaves from potted crinums. That one has pretty dark pink flowers. I know I asked Dad to take a picture of that.
I need to learn how to use Instagram. (lol!)
I’ve discovered recently that I can once again wear vintage and other animalic perfumes that for a few years now I’ve had to avoid lest I spend the day feeling like I’d been smothered by a feral cat.
I’ve always had a day or two here and there where things smelled as they should, but it’s been almost a week now *knock on wood*. Good thing I didn’t sell or swap off my entire vintage collection ?
Am today wearing Eau Clair des Merveilles, which had been off limits. Not CP compliant, as I’d spray the Merveilleses on myself when cruising through sephora long before I tipped into the rabbit hole.
Yay for hanging on and being able to finally enjoy your vintage perfumes!
It’s kind of amazing to be able to wear them again. I had resigned myself to wearing 21st century productions, including reformations of my favorites.
I’m now in vintage Fracas and it is stunning and os bringing me back to being vintage-obsessed.
They’re a good 30 or 40 percent of my collection so it’s kind of like having dozens of new perfumes drop into my hands overnight.
That’s a wonderful thing! Did I miss something or was there a reason you couldn’t wear them?
I have a lot of vintages, as well, they wear me.
Another day of dabbing samples. I’ll be working from home for the next couple of weeks, I expect. I’m confident we’ll get on top of the Delta outbreak, but it will take a little while.
Thinking about what I might have worn pre-perfumista, I really don’t know. I was always game to try anything, but that doesn’t mean I’d have liked it.
I was pretty limited…I liked citrus and a few florals — rose or lily of the valley.
Back in Ambra by Etro again today. Had a few glorious smoke-free days but the air is getting gunky again where I live unfortunately. At least the highs are staying in the ’80s instead of the hundreds now!
Ugh, hope you don’t have smoke much longer.
Happy Dog Day! I miss my big furry boy who died in January, but I have three cats so I am not lacking furry love. Also, I thought the hummingbird feeder was low more quickly than usual due to the high temps this summer, but this morning I watched SIX birds all try to get to the feeder at once, so I have at least one more family than last summer. There was a minor skirmish between three of the birds, but they somehow determined the proper order and everyone was eventually fed. I am wearing Paco Rabanne La Nuit perfume today.
Six humming birds at once! Wow! I live right on the edge of their territory, so I’m excited if I get one sighting all summer.
Hummingbirds are such a delight; it must have been quite a sight to see 6 at once!
Sotd is BDK Tabac Rose. In my early perfume days, this would have been too sweet but now I’m in heaven!
You smell lovely! I’m glad I got some of this one at the last scent split.
You smell beautiful, allo.
Wearing Incense Rose. I’ve tried a few rose-centric frags but I seem to like them better if the note is a background player. Andy’s rose scents are more wearable for me.
We have a very sweet neighbor dog (a Sheltie) that comes by for a visit once in a while. He was digging beside our little garden earlier this summer only to unearth a stick that was used to hold up the bird netting when the seeds were getting started.
Cute story…after all that and I got this lousy stick ?
SOTD = Powell’s Powell’s by Powell’s
I needed something light and this fit the bill! 8 sprays and no re-ups!
We’re now at the tail end of a Les Parfums de Rosine masterclass:
Still need perfume even taking the class. Only this group would understand.
I’m in Cartier La Panthere Legere edp. There’s a clear gardenia note in it, but somehow it works for me.
We usually hit the dog park right about now, but we’ve had some rain, so will skip for tonight. Th Wild One had some extra scrambled egg this morning in celebration of National Doggy Day. ?
Awww, a sweet breakfast for the baby!
Gardenia is a challenging note. I liked Goutals.
I am 50. I think my very fondest sniffing days were when the greatest thing was to drive to Nordstrom as a young 20 something and smell ALL of the pretty Goutal bottles. Loved the sweet gold ribbon. Loved the whole presentation!
SOTD was Nirvana French Grey. No CP points! Tomorrow I may wear Mitsouko. Would not have worn that pre-rabbit hole!