“All old-fashioned gardens had at least two things in common. They had roses; they all had herbs”. -‘The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac’
While further enjoying this months chapter – June in ‘The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac’. And with this month’s flower being Rose, a little cottage we once lived in came to mind. The girls and I called it the “Old-fashioned Rose Cottage” – because, well ~ old-fashioned roses grew in abundance all around the cottage. That is what still survived in the flower borders / bed all the way around this antique cottage and in various locations throughout the yard!! They had the most Heavenly Scent!!! This is when I first starting really playing with roses. Rose- water for flavoring foods, such as rose petal teas and cakes, as well as for soothing our skin, along with jams, jellies and flavored honey. We also dried rose petal and hips for tea and potpourri.
Gather thee rosebuds while ye may
Old time is still a-flying
And the same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.
~ Robert Herrick
Today’s petal collection ~ jasmine, rose petals, lavender and a few wild flowers. I enjoy the combination of these petals and the rose and lavender retain their color for a long time. This is what i call my Petal Potpourri!!
Have you ever made your own rose-water or maybe rose marmalade??
For a little added elegance I like adding seashells and/or gemstones to my potpourri!!
I will just have to extend the herb garden visit into July ~ my herb garden is still flourishing , And just where did June go…….