After about a week of cooler temperatures, a heat wave has ushered in a major spike in blooms. Flushes of peonies, gardenia, osmanthus, star jasmine, honeysuckle, and roses have all come at once. I don't know why my star jasmine has had such a long bloom this year, but I'm happy to see it. I find it to be one of the most lush, tropical of all scents. The enfleurage chassis I have going now are 5 white peony, 8 gardenia, 1 coffee flower, 1 banana magnolia, 1 plumeria, 1 orange blossom, 1 osmanthus, 1 Parma violet, 5 star jasmine, 1 angel wing jasmine, 1 twisted jasmine, 1 honeysuckle, 1 Michelia alba + champaca, and 3 roses. Soon I'll be wrapping up the peony, and setting fresh pommade for Nyctanthes arbor-tristis, or Parijat, Chinese violets (Telosma cordata), incense passionflower, and Cestrum nocturnum. Around this time of year it becomes challenging to stay in sync with the flowering rhythm while managing the front end of my business. Cleaning the pommade between charges alone can take up to 5 hours, and one must leave enough time to collect at peak times within the 24 hour cycle, and keep plants hydrated without wetting flowers that need to be harvested.
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