GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - While enjoying our wonderful fall weather, this would be the perfect time to harvest your garden's bounty to bring scents, beauty and months of garden memories into your home for the winter months.
Heidi Heiland of Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens says your garden's potpourri is also a perfect gift in a special container or placed into a small sachet!
Here is her special recipe for Potpourri
Use your imagination yet these flowers haven proven successful- roses, geranium, lavender, tulip, marigold, globe amaranth, strawflower, lilac, peony, and clover.
Also, for every cup of dried potpourri you want, use four cups of fresh ingredients as they will shrink as they dry.
-4-6 cups dried flowers, leaves, herbs, pods, seeds, berries from your garden.
-Purchase as desired, citrus peel or slices, cloves, nutmeg, bay leaf
-2 tbs/4 cups of flowers fixative (orris root, calamus root, tonka bean or oak moss)
-12-15 drops essential oil ~ used to reinforce the natural perfumes and to boost the scent.
-Wood or plastic bowl to mix (never use metal)
-Basket, ceramic or enamel bowl to hold potpourri
DRYING OPTIONS FOR LIVE MATERIALS-
In oven - place on baking sheet for 15 min @ 180 degrees (some prefer to leave door open)
-place in a basket
-In cheese cloth
-Hang in dry dark locale
-In paper bag
Orris root, dried & ground iris tubers, smells like violets. It is used primarily as a base for natural toothpastes, and as a fixative in perfumes to enhance other aromas. Powdered orris root helps keep the potpourri fresh and ensures the fragrance from your plants and oils last for a few months. It is suggested to combine crushed or powered spices in one bowl, oils in another, and then add them to the mixture.
For more information, visit Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens.
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