Spinning a scarf around my neck, mug of tea in hand, I leave the confines of my house to wander out into the neighborhood. Slowly but surely, little blossoms and bulbs are popping up and its a lovely sight. While it’s only late February, this winter has been considerably more moderate than in the past and it feels like spring is quickly approaching us.
If you’re like me and excited for the chance to return outdoors without five layers or simply being poured down on, then you probably enjoy the sights and smells that come along with spring. A nice way to preserve a little bit of the season is by making your own potpourri!
Start by clipping your favorite fragrant blossoms: lavender, tulip, rose, calendula, rosemary, freesia, etc. Be sure to collect a significant amount (3 to 4 times the mass you want to end up with, as the flowers will shrink as they dry).
Tie the stems together and hang them up to dry. You can also dry them on a screen in a warm place, be sure to turn them every day so they can dry evenly.
Once they are fragile to the touch, break them up in a ceramic or wood bowl.
When mixing, you can add various essential oils and spices to mix up the scent or leave it natural.
Store it in jars, sharing the fragrance for special moments, or a dish to let the scent spread. For a more intimate option, tie some up in a sachet and add it to your clothes drawers.