" Keeping the sweet smells of Summer "
I'm reading The Bedside Book Of The Garden by Dr. D.G. Hessayon. It's a lovely book and I've been enjoying this gift so much. After reading about how to make Pot-pourri, I'm looking forward to using the glass jar of pedals that I've been collecting for the last few months on our kitchen counter. I cut back all of our English lavender this week (and a clients) so the little dried tops are going into my concoction as well. I've looked at several recipes for Pot-pourri and found that it was very popular for centuries as well as essential in a household because of the lack of sanitation. That's changed now but pot-pourri is still a wonderful way to bring the smells of a garden inside. The easiest and best recipe I've found is a simple one (see below) First of all Roses, Lavender and Carnations will keep their scent, there are several garden flowers that retain their color to add into your potpourri such as Marigolds, Corn Flowers and Chamomile. Experimenting by drying different flowers is the best thing you can do. I dried some Verbena as well and it smells wonderful and adds the green that I was hoping for.
30 g dried orris root
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teasppon cinnamon
A few drops of flower oil
Add this mixture to your pedals and gently toss like a salad, then let it sit in a closed container for about 3 weeks.
photos in my kitchen this morning, and the lovely drawing is from a book that I've had for years called Floral Fragrances, by Hillary Walden.
Happy Weekend and thanks for stopping by gardenrooms !