Summertime is the very best time to make a potpourri, but November 15 is getting pretty far advanced in the year here for roses (or many other fresh flowers for that matter)!
This is one of the last truly lovely roses (‘Fourth Of July’ climbing rose) I could find in the yard! But, it gave me the fragrant idea to gather a late potpourri on this beautiful, invigorating day.
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. ” ~Dale Carnegie
Maybe in the northern tier of States now there are no roses left, but in the middle and southern states, there may still be roses and petals of other remaining flowers to be found. So I went out and foraged the whole yard, and was surprised at what was hiding away out of sight.
These are actually healthy rose buds on these rose bushes! You can see I have already cut back the bushes behind them and the leaves on the crabs are falling!
Drift Roses bloom almost continuously – from spring through frost – and display exceptional resistance to common rose diseases such as black spot, powdery mildew and rust. But I am digressing!
I will let you serious gardeners know if those buds on the ‘Apricot Drift‘ open yet this fall! This is the petal…
I took all I could find of the Fourth Of July, Apricot Drift, a few of the honeysuckle, and some rose hips that had just lost their petals, however, this made for a very fragrant potpourri.
I found one whole ‘Shropshire Lad‘ for the collection, too…the last thing on the bush.
Oh, how I wish summer could last longer, but losing it makes it all that much sweeter when we it returns with the springtime.
“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds around my neck.”
“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”
~James M. Barrie
Directions for Potpourri
- Pick more petals than you think you need.
- Choose deeper colors for a richer color palette when dried.
- The will shrink when the moisture goes out of the petals and the volume will be less than half of what you started with.
- Be sure to allow the petals of all the flowers to dry with good air circulation so they won’t mildew.
- Keep them out of the sunlight of a window so they hold their color better.
- Two or three days spread out on newspapers will do it before they are ready to scent drawer or closet.
- The dried petals are a perfect place to add fragrant essential oils in your home.
“I did not pray Him to lay bare
The Mystery to me;
Enough the rose was heaven to smell,
And His own face to see.”
~ Ralph Hodgson
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