I love having scented plants in the garden. Three of my favorite scented plants are lavender, rosemary, and roses. I also like to dry roses and lavender because they really keep their scent and they are so easy to dry.
I dry my roses early in the season knowing that I’ll want to use them before the end of the summer. I’ve learned that the dark pink ones dry best, and I need to cut them before they start to open too much. I was experimenting with the yellow roses in the picture above. They have such a beautiful sweet scent, but they dry a rather ‘brownish’ color that isn’t pretty.
Lavender is usually ready to harvest in the middle to end of July here in Ireland. I LOVE to work with lavender! I’ve made wands and sachets and wreaths before. You can read and see about those here, here and here.
Making a wreath is so easy. I use a straw wreath and floral u-shaped pins to attach everything to the wreath. The Spanish moss is a great filler.
I like to have green in with the lavender to brighten it up. We have a rosemary plant that doesn’t get used enough in cooking so it is getting rather big. I gave it a super trim and had quite a lot to work with then.
I did not have any design in mind when I started (ahem, probably not the best way to start!). I just went with the flow and put things where they seemed right to put. 😉
My hands smelled so good while making this! I’m not sure which I like more – the rosemary or the lavender!
This is our playhouse. I’m slowly creating a tiny garden around it and I’ve started with lavender.
Tadah! It was so quick and easy to make and I love the result. It didn’t require that much lavender, either, which means I still have loads left to work with!
My wreath from last summer needs some freshening up, but I still like it 🙂 Are you making anything from the garden this summer?