A few (almost) summer shots for you today.
After hanging my flag this morning I took a little walk around the yard to see what's new.
My oldest hydrangeas are hard to see from the house.
The shrubs have grown so tall in front of them and shaded most of them completely. I had just about given up on them. So, it came as a surprise to see them blooming like crazy. Another surprise was that the all blue shrubs are now sporting some pink blooms. Blue and pink sitting side by side. So pretty!
Not far from the hydrangeas the magnolias were also doing their thing. Always worthy of a photo or two.
I think each phase of the magnolia flower is beautiful.
Above you can see the bud, flower and seed head. Soon it will turn into an interesting looking pod. The leaves on this plant are also beautiful. Sturdy and shiny. Oh, and did I mention the scent of the flowers? Heavenly.
Speaking of heavenly scents...
I had always heard that gardenias provided just such a scent.
On the plant they seem to go from white to yellow in no time so I was curious as to how people have any luck using them as cut flowers.
Last week I cut a little bouquet and placed it next to my reading chair. The stems are woody which usually equates with a short vase life. I must say they didn't last more than a few days, but the scent was divine. I think I would describe it as a slightly sweet, clean scent. Kind of like the way I would like to smell in the summer :).
I don't know how I start a post about Flag Day and end with talking about scents. Doesn't make a whole lotta sense (sorry, couldn't resist). As long as I'm off track, I'll keep going in this direction.
Yesterday I visited the nearest department store on the hunt for a new summer scent. It's been a few years since I bought perfume.
Estee Lauder had the gift with purchase going on so I headed to that counter. As I sprayed the different choices, each smelled almost the same and most seemed to be predominantly the alcohol part of the equation as opposed to the scent. Wondering whether my sense of smell was going wonky along with so many other body functions at this stage of life, I left empty handed.
As I went about my day and kept sniffing my wrists, I could detect the proper perfume scents. Can't say I've ever had to wait that long to see what a perfume is going to smell like. Makes it kind of hard to make a purchase.
I'm looking for a slightly sweet floral type of scent. One that is not heavy or over-powering yet has staying power.
Would anybody care to talk some scents
into me with me?
Do you have any that you especially like?