Hola, punkins! Tom is taking some time off so I’m jumping in here to torture you, yet again, with a garden post – but this one has a twist! It’s a metaphor for perfume! Yah. and if you stick around long enough I might just get to it!!! 😉
So, with the garden: when I first started my own kitchen gardens, back in the Jurassic Era, I went the way most newbie gardeners do – I planted way, way too many things – and a lot of those things were (gasp!) things I Do Not Like To Eat. Gasp again! What an insane thing to do, right? I mean, who does that? Well, you’d be surprised at how many people do just that. Consider the Zucchini. February/March…sitting in your armchair, in front of an ice-covered window, the lure of the seed and plant catalogues is mighty, indeed. I am in thrall to Renee’s Garden and lemmetellya, fighting the urge to buy every single seed packet on her site is rough! I am tempted by ‘Ronde de Nice’ and ‘Trombetta’ and ‘Summer Scallop Trio’ and they are all just so danged gorgerous, with the charming illustrations…….!!! And then I remember: I don’t really like squashes all that much. I don’t hate them, of course…but I don’t love them. So I buy one little squash plant so I can stuff the blossoms and puree a bit of it for ravioli and I save that squash-space for stuff I actually love, like Brussels sprouts! I’m planning my Autumn garden now and I took a really hard-headed/hearted look at what I would be growing. I got seduced by some gorgeous container lettuces, which is great because who doesn’t eat lettuce? And the idea of is too gorgeous to pass up. But I passed on SIX DIFFERENT KINDS OF LETTUCE! because…well, there are two of us and that’s just a ridiculous amount of lettuce! And I don’t need a 10-ft row of potatoes. I’m getting really good at knowing what to plant so we will eat what we grow.
Which is why I have 20 broccoli plants. We eat a LOT of broccoli. I LOVE broccoli. Collards, turnip greens, chard…yum!
(I hate carrots. But I’m hoping these beauties will help change my mind. Isn’t that a pretty drawing? Yes, I’m weak. Weak!)
So why doesn’t this translate to perfume? I am in that mood to organize my perfume armoire (and the attendant body products) and…I will need a day and a bottle of wine, there’s so much stuff in there! I thought I had edited this down! How did this happen? And why does it make me so happy, even as it, just a little bit, freaks me the hell out? I lie and tell myself that perfume is a luxury, where food is a necessity (and should, therefore, not be wasted)…but we all know that’s beans (which I don’t grow, except for bush beans and those cute ‘Emerite’ beans because they’re just so danged CUTE! (and I like beans). So if I don’t have 12 varieties of beans, because two people couldn’t possibly eat that many beans in a lifetime, let alone a season, why on earth do I have 12 iterations of Mitsouko? I Raised the Eyebrow at my bfffe’s absurd hoard of knitting yarn, shopping bags and boxes of the stuff….then I brought my smug, fat butt back here to a couple of shopping bags of my own! I feel like I should be doing the Perfumed Walk of Shame, then I figure “oh, heck! I’ll get El O to design some storage system that really will make sense and I can enjoy these beauties….”and somehow, that nevah, evah happens. And even if he did, when would I find time to do the cataloging/spreadsheeting that so many of you overachievers do? I feel sorry for myself, awash in my perfume glory. But not sorry enough to quit doing it. Hey, I did manage to get the seeds ordering under control. That’s enough for one year – right?
Do you get through your samples/decants? What about your Full Bottles? Do you feel satisfaction? Or anxiety? when you near the end of a FB. Do you replace? Do you move on? Do you feel you can ever get anywhere near finishing your collection (I know we’ve discussed this, in part, but I am always fascinated by what drives us to do this!)
Speaking of perfume, though. I have a WINNAH! from the ‘Beauty Everywhere’ post. Gwyneth!!! Send me your info (anitaAT perfumeposse (and then the dot thing) – and I will get some fun samples out to you!!!
all illustrations, property of Renee’s Garden www.reneesgarden.com ; the garden photo is mine. MINE! LOL!