May 27th, 2009

Garden 2 (animated flower-heads)

Night-blooming jessamine smells like treacle.

Recent additions to my increasingly complicated front yard...Maid of Orleans jasmine. *glees* It's not exactly what I wanted, exactly what I wanted is the persnickety Duke of Tuscany jasmine, which has flowers the size of 50 cent pieces that look like white roses and smell like a pokemon with a Jasmine Blast!! attack. Either one, though, is edible. The flowers are good for teas, jasmine syrup...and I found a recipe for jasmine pots de cream, which is pretty much food porn for an exotic herb/custard freak. I have to take a shower now.

At R (Wyte's wife)'s recommendation, went to a little herbalist shop nearby. It's really quite a piece of work! The shop, Garden of the Ancients, is near the corner of Yager and Parmer--maaaybe three miles from my house! It was more of a New Age herbalist than a nursery, though. I'm sure I'll come there again, but I don't work much with medicinal herbs. They had an excellent array of bulk spices though, with very good prices.

Happy gardener moment for the week--about four days ago, my Night-Blooming Jessamine started opening. At first the fragrance was weak, you had to be right next to it to catch it at all. Now, starting at about 9:00 at night, the entire front porch and court smells of flower. And the fragrance is just going to get stronger! It's a very sweet scent, I think it's like the smell of treacle dominating the scent of something like mountain laurel. I can't really compare the floral note in the smell to anything, because frankly, it's overwhelmed by the smell of syrup.

Hmm...I may regret my choices in life if it continues to grow and pour out that fragrance. It's pretty rich already! Some people love it, some people have torn it out of their yard because they don't like being abused by cheap perfume. Anyway...
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paging through quotes...

When grubbing for necessities man is still an animal. He becomes uniquely human when he reaches out for the superfluous and extravagant.
--Eric Hoffer

Don't ask the barber whether you need a haircut.
--Daniel Greenberg

Against stupidity the very gods fight in vain.
--Friedrich Von Schiller

If the gods do evil then they are not gods.

I have only a small flickering light to guide me in the darkness of a thick forest. Up comes a theologian and blows it out.
--Denis Diderot

Marke it welle, There are flowers, and there are weeds-But mostly weeds.
--Scott Orville Bergren

The meaning of life is that it stops.
--Franz Kafka
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Hear me stutter, in podcast!

Thoink produces a mostly regular gay/lesbian issues podcast, and in the wake of the Prop 8 judicial decision, he threw together a Distinguished Panel of Experts (read: interested friends who he could reach in six hours notice) to stop film and discuss. I'm a member of this Distinguished Panel.

(Note: The views I express do not necessarily reflect my views, since I *do* play devil's advocate to move the conversation from time to time).