A friend has sent me photos of her beautiful garden, so many gorgeous colors, so much pleasure. But, Fall will come and all the beauty will be gone.
We can not preserve all the freshness, but may preserve the perfume to enjoy for a long time. Lets plan and collect the petals, and save the roots of the Iris Florentina. And of course one may appeal to the friendly florist for extra petals. Here is an easy recipe:
"DRY PERFUME FOR LINENS".
"If your petals are not the highly fragrant kind, use any colorful dried rose petals, and add 8 drops of oil of roses to the recipe. Mix extremely well with other ingredients , seal and cure, shaking daily, before using. This recipe fills 24 2x2 inch linen bags.
16 cups dried rose petals 1/2 cup cinnamon, ground
1/3 cup cloves ground 12 tonka beans, chopped
1/3 cup mace, ground 2 cups orrisroot powder
1/3 cup caraway seeds, ground
Chop all ingredients together into a mealy powder; then put the mixture into little bags and lay among the linens."
I also keep a couple in my car!
Many other concoctions will be easy to prepare and a joy to give. Later I will post a recipe for orrisroot powder.
For Christmas I prepare pomanders to offer to our guests. Will post a recipe at another time.