If you're a rose gardener, or even if you just enjoy having a rose from the grocery store florist in your house several times a year, there's a way to enjoy roses all year long. In past years, I collected rose petals from my garden each summer, dried them, and then made sachets in the fall to give away for Christmas. Roses are a wonderful flower and many varieties keep their scent without any additional enhancement. Sachets kept in a drawer with clothes keep their scent from six months to a year.
I'm particularly fond of the scent from Chrysler Imperial which also has a beautiful bud and bloom. This year I knew I'd be short on time as far as drying rose petals. I decided to save roses a little differently. The roses were so plentiful this year, I could snip off buds without detracting from the beauty of the blooming blossoms. I brought them inside, put them on an airy shelf or simply in a dish and waited until they were completely dry. Then I kept them in a box so they would hold their scent. Last week I sorted them and created sachets for the little girls (small sachet bags) and women (the larger bags) on my list! Hopefully they can enjoy some of the joy I get from my roses throughout the year.
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