Dear Friends and Family,
As we begin a transition into indian summer and a pumpkin season we have stuffed the SlowCoast shelves with our bestselling fam shirts, indigo shirts and toddler and kids shirts.
Our SHOP hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12 to 4pm.
Or you can reach out for a private appointment.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we work out of the perfume studio in Davenport.
Hope that you will join us this weekend for a Scent Journey in shop that features Fresh Apple Pie Soliflore Parfum, and Apricot Soliflore Parfum, Big Sur Parfum, and much more.
Thank you for your ongoing support when you tip the garden as you shop.
We use the funds to keep our Scent Garden filled with flowers and herbs we use for the herb teas and Perfume Camp class.
Schedule yourself in to Perfume Camp class this season.
See you soon.
Dear Friends and Family,
We've been very fortunate all summer long to have community volunteers who have passionately put their gardening skills to use in the Perfume Camp Libby Patterson Organics Scent Garden in Pescadero. From cultivation, transplanting, weeding, watering, and harvesting we have been having a great season. We've added some space under the willow trees in the back of the garden for some treasured + cherished parma violets. We created two 8 x 4 raised beds for these flowers which will bloom when the wet season begins. We added another small sunny mound on the right side in back where we planted some self heal herbs that will act as a good ground cover to hold in the moisture and agrimony and clary sage starts from local Steadfast Herbs ally. From local Fly Girl Farm we got more Dahlia bulbs which we planted in some new raised beds up next to the barn which will bloom sometime soon. The gopher problem this summer has proven to be very challenging so the solution is a few raised beds. The sad news is that the gophers have taken almost all of our kale, swiss chard, tomatoes and padrones, zucchini plants that we put in this year. WE definitely have been strategic about using gopher cages where we can, but even with that, we have been finding things are disappearing. The other day a Love in A Mist seed pods plant was being shaken by the gopher. So, I harvsted.....and we're drying the pods in the barn.
We have been able to clear + weed successfully this season, plus harvest! We still have some lavendar left to harvest this season. Costmary is almost ready to flower, always a gorgeous site and we have two big rows. We use for teas and sachets for lingerie drawer.
We are working on strawflowers for wreaths, and we successfully replaced our purple statice in the garden which got eaten over the past four years by gophers.
We have a healthy population of sweet peas this summer, and will have seeds for you once we harvest them....likely September. You'll be able to start them in November for some early spring beauty....
We lost 24 lavendar plants over the past two winters from gophers. Originally we had thought the frost had taken them out but we finally dug out the corpses this summer and found they had been chewed at the root. We're hosting some starts of french and munstead lavendars to replant but will cage the new plants.
We added some more anise hyssop herb and skullcap, also from Steadfast Herb locally who provided the starts. Happy to be adding more and more of the herbs we use in our teas.
With all the focus on recovery after gopher decimation, we have suspended bouquets for many months but plan to have some this month in August for you again. Glad of this!
Make sure you visit the Farmer Market in Pescadero on Thursdays through the end of September for the best produce from Simms Organics, Rodoni Farms and flower bouquets from Fly Girl Farm. Left Coast Grassfed also is at the market every other week.
Plan ahead for PAFF (Pescadero Art and Fun Fest) later on this month and the Barn Sale in September.
Sign up to Make Your Own Perfume on LibbyPatterson.com and shop with us Fri - Mon 12 to 4.
Thanks for all of your support. It really means so much.Libby
It's been awhile since I have written anything for the blog. I wanted to make some notes here on what has been happening in the garden recently. Thank you to everyone who has been tipping the garden when they come into the shop to make a purchase.
I will run through what I have gotten planted now. 500 sunflowers are in. Our dahlias are in and I have continued to add more to make sure we can offer bouquets again soon, for late summer joy. I re-established our purple statice plantings which probably had disappeared over the years because of gophers. These have been re-establishing nicely and have been planted in most rows.
Our herbs are doing so well, having been enjoying some beautiful harvesting for teas.
Harvest this week:
We built a raised bed and planted 5 crates of dahlias in them to ensure some late season flower bouquets into the early fall.
Hope all of you doing well. Our official hours continue to be Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon 12 to 4.
You can make your own appt for Perfume Camp class on the website.
Thank you, we are in the garden on the other days sometimes.
You can reach out to make a private appointment to shop on the other days.
Have a fun day.
Perilla, Red + Green
We planted some pretty yellow violas, our annual tomatoes, and unveiled the sprouts of purple statice that are now germinated. We mowed and got all refreshed for the coming weeks ahead of growth in the garden. Soon we will plant zucchini, cucumber, kale and Swiss chard, herbs. We have small chive starts that need to be transplanted soon. Very busy time for the garden now.
we have pretty bouquets for you this weekend xo and lots of teas and perfumes for Mother’s Day gifts. Shop Fri thru Mon 12 to 4 and by appointment other days.
We Hope You're Celebrating with Pie. xo Plenty of Good ones along the SlowCoast here. Duartes, Arcangeli, Whale City, Pie Ranch to name a few. Get out and enjoy!
A simple meditation for today.
I am working with Lavendar Soliflore Parfum, Apricot Soliflore Parfum, and Lily of The Valley, Daphne + Sweet Pea Parfum today as a lovely heart centered Scent Journey.
This Saturday is National Plant a Flower Day! We're giving away some wildflowers with every purchase for your gardens. Come by + pick up a bouquet to brighten all your home beauty spaces. Shop our Seasonal Herb Teas and Parfums. Hope to see you soon. xo
Dear Family + Friends,
As I enter spring season, I am mindful of balancing my celebrations with good practices that take me through the season feeling strong, beautiful and calm. Here are some practices I am integrating into my regimen now, to get myself set up for this new spring season of 2022.
I joyfully and methodically deepen my ongoing routine for self care now:
I am eating mostly keto now for about six months with some breaks for resetting.
I am making a time in my day for exercise. (I like to walk.)
Herb Teas in the evening are my go to, balancing my busy day with a calm evening. I like Dream Tea at night, and add some extra herbs for myself. See below, I add the same herbs in my morning coffee.
I keep some of my fav perfumes on my bedtime table and spritz throughout the evening and again i morning. Right now I am working with Apricot, Magnolia, Gardenia, Frangipani, and Ground Zero.
Morning Coffee: I add ashwaganda powder, milk thistle, dandelion root and schisandraberries to my french press every morning, and do some light stretching/yoga in the sun for vitamin d on my deck.
I make an effort to connect with my inner circle of a handful of close friends each day.
This is a core basic list. Weekly I set aside a day for tasks, errands, a day for beauty, and a day for art making. This usually keeps me on track with my creative life self care. I am flexible as some weeks are fuller and busier. Having this SELF CARE core basic is essential for me and I post it here to encourage you to develop you own core self care basics for yourself.
As I SPRING FORWARD with my CLOCKS this weekend, and look forward to my growing gardens this spring, I also stay grounded in practices that do create calm and balance for me. Blessings
BY LPO LIBBY PATTERSON ORGANICS
Fragrance Family Descriptions
When you come to Perfume Camp we are working with the following classically acknowledged Fragrance Families. Going into the silence and centering allows our attention to be fully present when creating a perfume. Meditation is something that strengthens our ability to perceive smell when it comes to design. We support all the nuances of your scent journey and encourage exploration through the. different fragrance families to fully build your "nose" through artistry of perfume making. The open invitation stands.
The Fragrance Families:
Aromatic: Garden Fresh Lavendar & Geranium Blends with Citrus, Herbs & Woods
Citrus: The joyful + uplifting refreshing notes of bergamot and lemon, mandarin and lime, oranges and grapefruit, bitter yuzu.
Water: The scent of ocean breeze, the freshness of a waterfall, or the ozonic note of wet air during or after a rain or thunderstorm. Seaweed + CampFire on the Beach. animalic scent from whales.
Green: The sharp notes of fresh cut grass, violet leaves, hay, or a dusty dirt road in the country.
Fruity: Orchard fruits, berries of all hues, and a splash of flowers create delicious fruity floral cocktails.
Floral: Our Soliflore (Single Note) Florals to more complex bouquets that capture landscapes, and seasons.
Soft Floral: Delicate Flowers and ozonic married with musks, and powdery abstract florals.
Floral Amber: Luminous Flowers warmed with Spices + Resins and Vanilla
Soft Amber: Incense casts a spell on sweet Spices and Resins to create soft sensual scent
Amber: Sensual blends of Golden Resins, Opulent Flowers and Sweet Vanilla
Woody Amber: Spicy Amber Accords woven with potent Wood notes of Patchouli, Oud and Sandalwood
Woods: Sheer Woody Notes renew harmonies of Cedar, Patchouli, Fir, Spruce, Sandalwood and Vetiver
Mossy Woods: Velvety notes of oakmoss, patchouli blend smoothly with amber + citrus
Dry Woods: Leather, Tobacco notes add a dry, often smoky accent to Woody Scents
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