This year has been so good for the pollinators in our Scent Garden. Let me share. It's very exciting to watch the changes over the seasons.
"As the waves of perfume, heliotrope, rose,
Float in the garden when o wind blows,
Come to us, go from us, whence no one knows;
So the old tunes float in my mind,
And go from me leaving no trace behind,
Like fragrance borne on the hush of the wind.
But in the instant the airs remain
I know the laughter and the pain
Of times that will not come again.
I try to catch at many a tune
Like petals of light fallen from the moon,
Broken and bright on a dark lagoon,
But they float away - - for who can hold
Youth, or perfume or the moon's gold."
Sara Teasdale 1920
We will soon put the dahlias to bed for the winter season. We are going to be planting hundreds of daffodils, anemones, narcissus, ranunculous and more for a burst of colour in the spring season and our bouquets.
The shops are filled to the brim with treasure for your holiday gifting now. Our official shop hours remain Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon from 12 to 4pm. However, I am often there on those days at least an hour earlier, and also on Wed, Thu sometimes.
If you need help with gift ideas, send me your list of beloveds, and theme and I will help you by email. Meanwhile, how about this rain? I know the garden is totally soaking it up. Hope this missive finds you well, and I am working on a Scent Journey Menu for your perusal, and will be up in the shops this weekend, along with a refresh of all our testers.
Thanks everyone, for your support this year. By tipping the garden when you shop with us, we have the ability to do repair and maintenance in the garden. This year we accomplished a few of our projects thanks to you. For deeper levels of support, we have membership options on our online shop + you can ask to join the garden membership for 2022 anytime you are in the shops.
Summer Solstice Celebrations continue today with fresh bouquets in shop Monday 12 to 4.
Tuesday I am guiding a private wildflower walk with a group. If you would like to schedule something on our gorgeous coastline here just reach out to me.
Wednesday I am leading a small Perfume Camp Session in the morning. This is still open if you would like to join us. 10 to Noon in garden. Just reach out.
Thursday we have the local farmer's market in Pescadero 2 to 6pm
Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon our shop hours 12 to 4pm, but often I am there earlier to water garden. Reach out to me if you need anything. We have new Foraging Garden Vintage Apparel in shop all week.
Thank you for all of your continued support. I really do appreciate you all so much more than you will ever know.
Here we are already at the peak of summer with the longest day of the year today~
Enjoy the beauty of the day, and know we have some gorgeous flower bouquets for your altars today. The weekend is our first evidence of dahlias starting to bloom this season.
On a deeper meditative realm, now is a time to go slow, take your time. Self Care is a beautiful ritual. Explore your inner creativity now, set your sights on goals of rest, rejuvenation and deep dreaming. Summer Solstice is a time to breathe in, enjoy the roses, plants blooming in the wild, and in your garden.
Looking forward to our week ahead, and seeing some of you in the shops.
Now is the perfect season to book yourselves into a Perfume Camp Session. Spark your creativity with your family and friends. Bring yourself a gift of scent journey.
Much LOVE to all,
Hello everyone. I wanted to say hello here on the blog to catch you all up with our garden news, and our beautiful seasonal happenings. We were very busy in the Perfume Camp Scent Garden and Barn over the past weeks and even months. We added some drip lines in the front edge, and our Victory Garden of veggies right next to our front edge gardens. We got almost all our summer veggies in so far, though some froze a week ago, but we will replace. Our Dahlias are mostly all up but we just added a wheelbarrow more of them into our field. We lost some lavendars over winter from frost, but we trimmed and they look great, ready to flower soon. Can't wait for lavendar bundles soon! We moved all our Level III Tinctures back to our Davenport Headquarters while we continue to upgrade inside barn. Over past year we expanded our artichokes and will have some for you this weekend. We'll also have some fresh swiss chard this weekend for you! Come early on Saturday!
Now we also have some great herbs that are ready for harvest! We're going to have huge bouquets of fresh herbs for you this weekend that include chocolate mint, spearmint, lemon balm, costmary and italian oregano, culinary sage. We're harvesting Sat early and herbs will be up in our bouquet area on Saturday Morning 11am! I will post a photo on instagram for you. Be sure you stop by for fresh bouquet garnis Sat morning. :)
Next, we have amazing Flower Bouquets for Mother's Day! We're going to sell out so if you want one come Friday! On Saturday we will have some mason jar flower arrangements that are sweet and from shorter flowers blooming now.
I want to thank everyone who has already booked their Mother Daughter Perfume Camp Sessions for May and June. We are filling up so if you are interested please reach out and BOOK as soon as you can. With the beautiful weather we are booking up now. Thanks.
Weekend Hours will be 11am till 4pm. Thanks everyone for all your support!
See you soon!
Hello to our Friends and Family,
Our newest Addition to the Shops is the ART LAB in Pescadero where I am happy to host local artists, makers for a day. The way it works: You reach out to me w your intention for a day ARTIST RESIDENCY, what you would like to showcase, sell and or make. Once approved for a date that works for both of us, you pay a small fee to hold your date. Then some parameters will be sent to you, so you are on same page with set up times, tear down times, and etc so that all is well.
I look forward to hosting some art dates for kids of all ages to come paint a canvas, a birdhouse or wooden board to take home as a gift or memento from a day on the coast.
Look for some dates, I am almost ready. I have ordered some art supplies!
Thanks, all these activities will help us to bring more fun to a day~here.
Hello Friends and Family,
I am sending LOVE from Davenport + Pescadero ocean and gardens to you all. Let's celebrate imagination, creativity and the empowerment of inner peace.
Our shops are open Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon 12 to 4 at this point in the season. We have a time change mid month, so we may extend some on weekends when weather allows.
Tue, Wed, Thu are by appt for Perfume Camp in Davenport or Pescadero, where we can be socially distanced. ( I do open shops for appointments on these days so let me know if you would like a private shopping appointment).
Book your Session for Perfume Camp by emailing us.
Coming soon is ART LAB which will be on front deck of shops, and will be fun. I will be posting more about this later on in the month.
March Dates of Note:
Friday March 12: This day is "National Plant A Flower Day" we invite you to come shop our Flower Power Nursery. for some flowers or seeds to plant~ we have starts!
Sunday March 14: Pi Day 3.14 and TIME CHANGE, Daylight Savings Begins, move clocks one hour forward. Fun!
Wednesday March 17: Today is St. Patty's Day. We'll be open 12 to 4 today~and make sure you wear green. :)
Saturday March 20: 8:37am Pacific Time Spring Equinox
Come Say Hi, and Pick up a special gift with purchase~
Sunday March 21: Today is National Planting Day
Come visit all weekend to pick up seeds, seedlings and starts for your garden.
Saturday March 27: Passover (Make sure you pick up some of our viola flowers for sweet gifts for your beautiful sharings.)
Thanks, we look forward to seeing you all soon at the shops. If you live far away or want help shopping, send me a message so we know what you may be looking for.
I appreciate all of your support, especially over the past year as we have been going through this time of changes in how we shop, live and celebrate. Self Care has been something I dove into over the last year more than ever and all my regular habits I formed are staying with me. I hope you have noticed similar and are treating yourself to beautiful organic perfumes, beauty products and herbal teas.
Today in #PerfumeCamp #ScentGarden I am thrilled to see a lot of native bumble bees, hummingbirds today feeding on nectar from honeywort, borage and more. I saw clematis in bloom w a native bee going in for nectar. These are the gifts of IMBOLC here in our grand ocean side town. I am so happy. A neighboring farm posted some pictures of flowers too, so tis the season. Let' s rock n roll.
Dear Friends + Family,
Happy Imbolc. This begins SPRING II Season which goes through March 20 + 21st: Spring Equinox.
We planted over 400 Bulbs: Daffodils, Allium + Tulips a few days ago in our Big Scent Garden and Raised Beds. We scattered California Poppy Seeds here and there, for a spring bloom. Zinnia seeds + Sunflower Seeds will be planted soon. We are adding a raised bed to the driveway in front of LPO Shop to echo our other raised beds and provide a home for beauty.
Hibernation Season ends with some rain and a good watering for garden.
Perfume Camp is being scheduled for now on Tuesdays. Reach out to me now to schedule something soon.
Perfume Testers have returned in shop. Come smell all the seasonal picks, and aphrodisiacs for Valentine's Day Gifting. Self Care is essential at this time of year.
I am putting together some beautfiul boxes for giving this season. Let me know what you want. Some new surprises, valentine's cards in shop! Come check out the nursery soon for strawberries to plant, calendula, and succulents.
Bouquets will return as soon as garden and weather permits, thank you loyal supporters!
Dear Family and Friends,
Here we are a week out before Thanksgiving. I just drove the whole coast between Pescadero and Davenport, watching a gorgeous apricot + fog sunset this afternoon. It's such a pretty season settling in here. I have been ordering my new Christmas Trees (I got three), ornaments, and organizing my Perfume Organs (three). In between running our shops (three), ordering replacements for home in clothing categories, home categories and more: I have been shipping out holiday orders from such sweet and thoughtful people, holding small Perfume Camp Sessions regularly for people who are adventurous, digging our Dahlias + Storing them for winter, weeding, harvesting artichokes, swiss chard, kale and hoping our new tribe of hummingbirds have enough nectar for winter, in between the frosts. We made sweaters for our lemon trees, and we really just are having a great time with close friends grilling steaks, champagne drinking, dessert eating, and more.
My friend Tori introduced me to a new skin care line from Australia. I have gone nuts ordering everything they make, and doing some amazing skin care regimes. In the past year I have really noticed my face aging with fine lines. I really had a very long run of youthful looks, and got carded until age 35, which I loved. Now, at age 63, I have been really taking advantage of so many ideas from this company, and got a sweet beautiful shift in taking the time during the pandemic to cleanse, tone, and do so much for my skin. I just got a lovely regenerative violet leaf aging night cream from the same company that is for someone like me fighting fine lines, etc......
When I was young I created Angel Glow Serum. I created some flower water facial toners, and some bath goodies, and I have always kept my regime simple. Now, with a new awareness, I have just been enjoying self care more, and just dove in so deep. Not my usual.....but I also started wearing make up after years not wearing anything. My friend Melissa sent me so many care packages with make up, hyaluronic acid face mask sheets, and way more goodies. It just started me off on a whole new path.
Isn't it interesting? For many many years I was stuck only wearing my own brand, now branching out to experience what other experts have created, and just having a fun time.
HA! Laughing at myself, this time we are in, and how I am changing things up. I wanted to share that with all of you just because I think it's so good to honour our intuition at this time, with all of the home stay time we are embracing.
I am usually an up at 2 - 4am kind of gal, go get em, and 12 hr days workaholic, yet during covid since March I have found a new way to be, and that includes celebrating with friends, taking things slower, finding more me time, and so forth.
I decided to move the Perfume Organs back to Davenport, after fires destroyed my home in August.
So, we spent 6 weeks redesigning shelves and we have pretty much completed this project. Today was a very interesting creative endeavor. I hosted a florist from Oakland and her staff recently for Perfume Camp a few weekends ago.....and you know I love her location. Rock Ridge. I have so many scent memories of culture that supported me there: hair updates, dinner with dear friends, groceries at the local places, skin care, and clothing shops, private parties at homes close by.....so TODAY I created a new perfume that honours that place: Rock + Ridge. Here are the notes:
Cypress, Ginger, Olive Absolute, Mugwort, Lemon Verbena, Magnolia, Lavendar, Geranium, Wild Chamomile, Bergamot, Narcissus, Mock Orange, Jasmine Sambac, LIlac, White Lotus, Heliotrope, Hyacinth, Gradenia Supreme, Firetree, Eucalyptus, Palo Santo, Violet Leaf, Myrrh and Chlorophyll.
It's setting up nicely tonight, we'll give it some time to blend in, and then ship some off to our dear friend Sarah up in Rock + Ridge for her perusal.
It is my own memory of magnolia, hyacinth, narcissus beautiful spring scents in the woodland neighborhood gardens. xo Love to you!
Other happenings: IF you are booking a perfume camp experience for the holiday season please get in touch now. Thank you!
For the shop we have new puzzles in, new parfums, new aprons, tea towels, candles, and so much more. Let me know how you are doing. We are working from Davenport Mon, Tue, Wed, and in Pescadero Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun. If you would wish a private shopping experience please reach out.
We're enjoying the one at time shoppers, with a mask on. Come prepared to smell some scents, we can absolutely apply to a stick for you, to slip up under your mask.
I hope you will all have a lovely Holiday Season, and reach out of course if there is anything we can do for you. I just created a gift pack for a gentleman for his daughter. We are able to customize for you.
The name of the skin care line I have been loving is Grown Alchemist.
The name of the florist in Rock Ridge is Wildflower and Fern.
Master Perfumer, Photographer, Painter, Entrepreneur, Designer