Monday, 17 March 2014

Floral scents

Keep a reminder of Summer at home with the scent of potpourri. Potpourri recipes are infinitely variable and mixtures can be sweet, citrus or with strong spicy accents. Scented sachets, bags and little cushions offer a host of possibilities for using potpourri and the mixtures can also be displayed in pretty bowls.


If you have a microwave you can dry some of your ingredients quickly to make potpourri. 

Paper towels.

Heavy microwavable plate or dish.

Blooms of your choice.


Pull apart the blooms and place the petals on paper towels. You can stack a few paper towel layers together, I used about three or four together. Place the heavy plate on top of the top layer paper towel. Depending on your microwave the time will be different. For mine I used a minute or so (maybe about two mintues) on high. Checking regularly to see how the petals were drying. You’re aiming for a papery feel to the petal blooms when they cool down. The ones on the bottom layer might need a bit longer because it does ‘steam’. Test and try until you are getting the finished dryness.

Mix your bloom into a nice scent. I used Rose petals. Calendula. Mint. Rosemary. Scented Geranium. Thyme. And Heliotrope in my mix.

When finished display in pretty bowl.


Or, make up lovely little sachets from remants of old lace, vintage doileys, and other materials for gifts or to place in your clothes drawers. If you don't want to make a potpourri the petals dried in this way can also be used in pressed flower arrangements.
I hope everyone is having a good day!

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