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Lavender Flowers

Summer is here, the weather is warm and the flowers are out in abundance, if you want to capture the essence of Summer to enjoy in Autumn and Winter why not have a go at making your own Potpourri?

What you will need

  • Fragrance/Essentisl Oils of choice – Lavender, Rose, Lemon
  • Flower petals – experiment with a wide variety
  • Whole Small flowers – Lavender, Buddleia, Verbena Bonariensis
  • Herbs – Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender
  • Whole Spices – Cinnamon Sticks, Cloves, Allspice
  • Glass beads, shells, pebbles/stones

What you need to do

  1. Pick your flowers/herbs in the morning once the dew has dried; handle them carefully to avoid bruising, choose those that are clean and pest and disease free and flowers that are newly opened, collect a generous amount as once dried the flowers and leaves will shrink in size.
  2. Arrange your flowers in a single layer, with space around each one, on trays covered with baking parchment or net/wire screens.
  3. To air dry place somewhere warm and dark that has good air circulation.
  4. Turn the flowers to help them to dry out, this usually takes 1-2 weeks, the petals are dried when they are crispy.
  5. Store your Potpourri in an airtight container or plastic bag, add 6 drops of your favourite fragrance oil, mix up and re-seal for a couple of hours for the scent to penetrate the mixture.
  6. Display your potpourri in small bowls and decorate with shells etc., top up with a few drops of the essential oil when required.

Keep fragrance/essential oils out of reach of children and pets and avoid contact with polished, painted and synthetic surfaces.

Lovely

Gill

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