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The Month of Roses

Baskets of Petals

Something has come over our rose bushes.  The children are sure that it is the Tomten that has made them so happy and full of blooms.  Last year, our bush that only blooms in one big show bloomed twice!  And this year, it has wonderfully fragrant roses by the hundreds.  I made rose petal jelly last week and it smelled so nice (and I remembered the pectin!).  Our other bush that usually blooms more frequently, but with fewer flowers, is full of blossoms, too!

Willow, Roan, and I picked petals from the two bushes again this week.  We picked only the blooms that were fully open, hoping to leave the rest for rose hips.  Look at our baskets!  The next day, the bushes were full again, and were a wonderful reminder of the renewal of life.  There are some trials in our lives these days, some things that feel too big if I don't give some time to wonder at beauty.  These roses, they help to soften things and remember the beautiful moments.

So, now, three quarts of dried petals.  What should we do with them?  I am thinking there needs to be some sort of salve.  I'm considering purchasing some rose oil to go with them.  I really love the Weleda rose deodorant spray and Crabtree & Evelyn's rose soaps.  Maybe I could talk Carrie into making some soap. . .

Dried Petals

Leaves :


( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
May. 29th, 2016 01:54 am (UTC)
So cool!
May. 29th, 2016 02:28 pm (UTC)
How wonderful to have all those roses! It just fills my soul to see those baskets full of petals. I know what you mean about needing beauty. I don't know what to do with roses, though - I can't wait to see what you come up with! - Stacey
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May. 31st, 2016 10:29 am (UTC)
Those are great ideas! I was thinking I would do rose water, for sure, though I'm not certain about doing witch hazel in it.
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

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