Roses and Potpourri

 Our rose garden has been so beautiful this season, usually in Spring, we will have a few lovely roses appear and then all too soon they wither and are gone. Not this year, they have given us such tremendous blooms and not just one or two on a bush, but eight or ten flowers. When we bought our roses, we wanted plants that were not only lovely to look at but also ones with intense perfume… There is nothing quite like inhaling the scent of a rose, it feels as if you could breath in forever…
Some of the blooms have started to fade and I just couldn’t let them fall to the ground, so I picked all that I could find and decided to use them for soap and potpourri.

I picked the petals, the smell was heavenly…

Placed them separately on a piece of paper and left them there to dry, turning them often. Once they were all dry, I placed them in a pretty bowl and dropped a few drops of Lavender essential oil on the dry petals…. You could also put the petals in a little cotton bag with some essential oil on them to perfume your linen or cupboard. I have placed ours on our dining room table at the moment.

This could also be a sweet gift for someone for Christmas or a birthday…
Have an inspired day

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7 Responses to Roses and Potpourri

  1. Lori ann October 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    i can almost smell it from here. so very lovely.

    we have a rose farm nearby that grows only vintage and antique varieties (organic too). i love them the most for their imperfections as well as the smell. the mass produced roses for market have had the smell all but removed.

  2. Heidi October 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm #


  3. Dina October 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    I can almost smell them. Hope you enjoy…

  4. Linda October 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    That must be so wonderful to have a rose farm so near.

  5. del October 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    What a beautiful idea. I’d LOVE to have enough roses around to do this.

  6. Cat October 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    what a beautiful idea – I’ve never been very successful growing roses *sigh* because I do so love them

  7. K October 31, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Oh, this is so odd. The second I started looking at this post, I smelled roses. How weird is that? And I can’t believe I am this far behind. Over two weeks. that’s insane. But I can feel the tiredness. I am almost finished with Chaz’ secret present project, and finished the family ornaments, and the exchange ones, and am almost finished with the book. I crave having nothing to do. I need a good book to read. So I am reading you. One more trip this year, and I want it to be over. I just want to sit in my house and be still.

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