First off, here are the winners of the Holiday Giveaway:
50 ml atomizer bottle of Red Cattleya: TAFFY
Coming to My Senses by Alyssa Harad: LINDALOO
The names were chosen by my usual method of balled-up scraps
of paper mixed thoroughly and drawn from a hat. No one really seemed to want
the fragrance oils, so I’ll hang onto them for the time being. If you are a
winner, please e-mail me with your full shipping information. You can just click on the e-mail link on my profile page.
It’s been a busy December. As a consequence, it’s been about
a month since I set foot in the greenhouse, so I was dreading what I’d find
when I finally went in there. I half expected everything to be dehydrated, with
a lot of dead plants, but I should have known better. Not only had nothing
died, everything seemed to have grown, and some plants were even in bloom.
There was a young Neofinetia plant that had decided to become beautifully
variegated on its new growth, so that made me happy! What I have come to love
about epiphytic orchids is their phenomenal survival skills. They can live
happily without water for months, tolerate extremes of temperature as long as
they don’t freeze much, go for years without fertilizer of any kind, and still
stand up and bow and say “thank you” to their grower. The best thing of all is
that the orchids survive even when the little ferns and oxalis that insist on
appearing as weeds in their pots have shriveled and died, making it unnecessary
for me to weed.
With the December holidays come all of the musings on the
past year, including “best of the year” lists. I’m ecstatic to report that Olympic
Orchids Ballets Rouges made Cafleurebon’s “Best of 2012” list
, where it was awarded
“Best Bang for the Buck”! I’m particularly happy about this award, because superb
value for the money is one of the things I strive for in my business, and it
couldn’t have been more fitting. Having spent a good bit of my life as a
“starving academic/starving artist”, I have a lot of sympathy for those who
want to enjoy nice things on a budget. Huge thanks to Michelyn Camen for her
strong support of so many indie perfumers throughout the year!
Ballets Rouges was named one of the year’s top rose perfumes
on The Alembicated Genie
, where all of the perfumers who contributed to the
Devilscent Project also received a lot of love. Much love goes right back to
Sheila Eggenberger, the only blogger (as far as I know) who regularly writes mini-novels
about perfumes that manage to be both entertaining and informative.
The year 2012 has been good, and more musings from my side
will come in a new year’s post next week. For now, I’ll just say that I’m
looking forward to being part of the amazing local and international perfume community
in a very fragrant 2013!