Sunday, March 1, 2015

Drying Rose Petals

I really enjoyed those roses Rick got me for Valentine's Day. But right before they were completely done, I decided to dry the petals. I will add them to the flowers I'll dry this summer for some pretty, fragrant potpourri.


When I have a lot of flowers or herbs to dry I get out the dehydrator. But since I had just a small amount of petals, I put them on a cookie sheet and popped them into a slightly warm oven. It doesn't take long for them to get crispy dry and ready to put into a jar.


Here are a couple of half gallon jars with dried larkspur and lemon verbena from last summer. I also like to dry gomphrena, yarrow, tansy, calendula, nigella, and lavender.

 
This is just a small amount of the lavender I have. I seem to have many jars of it all over the house. It has so many uses and I can never harvest enough. Though I just remembered that I had to put in all new lavender plants last spring after losing so many the previous winter. I hope I get a good harvest this year.


This is what I got from JoAnn's the other day. Isn't it pretty? I thought about putting the rose petals in it, but then decided it would be great filled with small Easter eggs. I'll be getting that stuff out soon. What about you? Ready for spring and Easter decorating? I sure am! (Especially since we just got 4 more inches of snow:(


5 comments:

cathy@my1929charmer said...

I love lavender, but even though my garden is medium, I only have maybe 20% sun. So much to squeeze in such a small area. I can't believe you got that ever so cute jar from JoAne's? Do you have any climbing roses, it's all I grow, up my houses long wall trellis? We have similar garden zones.

Lady Linda said...

Oh so pretty! I never think to dry the petals. You have inspired me. Love the bird jar too. Think spring!
Linda

Beatrice Euphemie said...

How pretty they look in the jars and a lovely keepsake to remember! Your new jar will be perfect for Easter eggs. I haven't even thought of Easter decorating yet - I guess I better start thinking about it! Hugs xo Karen

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can't wait to hear from you,


Jeannie

Helen Philipps said...

Beautiful dried rose petals! I love jars filled with petals, they look so pretty! I also love the scent of dried lavender.
Happy weekend, Cindy!
Helen xox