POTPOURRI TO OCCUPY YOUR WINTER DOWNTIME

 
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Wintertime is a good time to expand our hobby by exploring other aspects of the roses like learning how to do potpourri and sachets.  Basically, a sachet is just potpourri in a bag.  Here your imagination can run wild.  Pick a nice flowered fabric or even a wide piece of ribbon, fold them in half and sew both sides then fill up with potpourri, tie a nice ribbon and now you have a sachet.   Here is a basic recipe for a potpourri:
1 oz. each of powdered orris root, powdered cinnamon, powdered allspice, and powdered cloves
2 oz lavender flowers
2 oz whole cloves
1 oz cinnamon sticks
5 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops rose essential oil
3 oz rose petals
4 oz rosebuds

Mix the first two ingredients in a large bowl.  Add the whole cloves and cinnamon sticks and stir.  Using an eyedropper, scatter the lavender and rose oils over the mixture.  Stir again.  Carefully add the dried rose petals and buds, stirring gently to avoid crushing them.  Place the mixture in a brown paper bag that is lined with wax paper, and store in a dry, cool place to cure for about 2 weeks.  After it’s cured, the potpourri is ready to be placed in a decorative container.  Add extra rose heads if desired.
Yield: 1 pound of potpourri



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