Friday, September 30, 2011

Saving Summer

Even though fall is definitely here I decided to try and save a little of summer. So, I have been gathering the last of the rose petals and lavender along with scented geranium leaves and a variety of different herbs, such as rosemary, lemon thyme and sage and putting them in baskets to dry.



Already the scent fills the rooms but in order for it to last I will need to add a few other ingredients...


...some essential oils and a fixative to hold the fragrance. These used to be hard to find but now I can find a great selection on line.



Once everything is mixed together with the dried flowers and herbs I will add some cloves, cinnamon sticks, dried orange peels, and put it all to age in  plastic bags.



Then after a few weeks the potpourri will be ready to put in various containers throughout the house. When I lift the lids it will fill the rooms with the wonderful fragrance of summer!



Thank you for visiting, I hope that your day is filled with a little fragrance.



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22 comments:

  1. Hello Adrienne:
    This is an absolutely lovely idea and although we do not have a garden to draw on, we are inspired when next in England, which will be shortly, to source and buy some really fragrant potpourri to bring back with us. You are so right about this being a way in which summer can linger on, a reminder not only of the scents but also, to a degree, the sights.

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  2. Hi Adrienne,
    What a sweet, sweet aroma that must be...Mmmmm...And it looks so pretty too. Thank you for sharing how you made it. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    ♥Ana

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  3. Absolutely lovely potpourri, Adrienne!

    Happy Weekend!

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  4. Mmmmmmm...so pretty. Have a beautiful weekend.

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  5. What a beautiful thing to do - to save summer for those grey and chilly days to come. I can just imagine candlelight and that lovely fragrance to brighten a winter evening.

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  6. That's a great project but don't you think clove, cinnamon, and dried orange are more autumnal? I would think summer is more honeysuckle, jasmine, rose. To each their own of course.

    I make pomanders in the winter to give as gifts. I need to order some cloves, hmmmm, and get started.

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  7. How lovely....makes me want to go out in the garden and start gathering the last of summer's flowers. Thanks, Adrienne!

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  8. What a wonderful idea! Now why haven't I done this yet?
    Brenda

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  9. Waste not want not!

    The wee blue porcelain pot is so elegant too.
    You are surrounded by treasures and know how to make the most of them!

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  10. love, love, love the new banner! the colors in your knitting project look so fall-ish!
    i'll bet your potpourri smells wonderful!

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  11. The potpourri looks so pretty in your blue and white bowl. I love anything that makes the house smell good!

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  12. That looks so pretty and I am sure it smells wonderful too.
    Happy pink Saturday

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  13. I love Saturdays, lots of Pinktastic stuff to see. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pink!

    My Pink is here, hope you can come by and see. Have a great week weekend!

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  14. Thanks for the reminder to save a bit of summer. Have a lovely week!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  15. Cara vivienne hai saputo catturare l'estate e imprigionarla nella tua casa. Sono sicura che avraio un inverno profumatissimo.....Un bacione

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  16. Hello Adrienne,
    First, i love your new header and i love 'pot-pourri' it is very nice and keeps the garden flowers through the winter and smells so nice!

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  17. Sounds divine! It's always summer at your house.
    How relaxing it must be.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  18. I bet that smells heavenly! Nice idea! Thank you for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  19. Oh your Home must smell like Heaven! I adore the fresh scent of Herbs & Flowers & Spices!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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  20. Potpourri is not new to me but using the oils and such to make your own certainly is. I learned something new ...and may I say vey useful. Thank you for sharing your talents with us...thus enriching our homes too. Sarah.

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  21. Belas ideias! Coloridas, perfumadas e radiosas!
    Bom dia!

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