Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Garden herbs, seeds and rose beads

"The hours when the mind is absorbed by beauty
are the only hours when we really live..."
---Richard Jefferies

If you grow herbs,
and have some sweet woodruff on hand,
you may want to try some
May Wine.
Mountain Rose Herbs has a great recipe ...

When I went on the artist retreat
at Shiela's home last month,
she gave me some dwarf canna seeds.

These large seed pods dry up and
are filled with eraser sized black
very hard coated seeds.
Seeds like this have to go through
You have to nic or scratch the seed coat
in order for it to germinate.
Another way is to soak the seeds in vinegar
for about 30 minutes.
Both ways worked for me ,
and this is what I have today...

I used an old egg carton, filled it with seed starting mix
and inserted the scarified seeds.
Then I watered it and placed it in a plastic bag.
Now I will separate each sprout,
and place each one in a larger pot.
After they are established
they will go into the ground.

Have you ever made
Rose Beads?
I made some a few years ago,
but right now I don't have any roses.
I thought you may like to try them.

This was taken from the book
China Bayles' Book of Days
by Susan Wittig Albert

How to make Rose Beads
In a cast iron pan,
put about one quart of fresh rose petals,
finely minced.
Add one cup of water to the minced rose petals
and add a few drops of rose scented oil,
and a few rusty nails.
Simmer for one hour.
Remove from heat,
stir well with a wooden spoon,
and let it stand overnight.
The next day, repeat the simmering process,
adding water if necessary,
until the doughy mixture turns very dark.
Let it stand until it dries to a claylike consistency
 that can be easily molded.
Wet your hands and roll into beads
a little larger than a marble. 
(they will shrink about 50 percent as they dry)
Place on paper towels.
When the beads are partly dry,
thread a large needle with dental floss,
string the beads,
and hang to dry.
Turn beads often to prevent sticking to the floss.
In about a week, your rose beads are ready for their final stringing.
Alternate them with smaller, pretty beads used as spacers.
Add a clasp and store in an airtight container
to preserve the scent.
As you wear them against your skin,
they will warm and give out a sweet fragrance.

Find new or old ways to use your plants and herbs.
Enjoy the beauty!

It helps you to....

Savor the Day!


Healing Woman said...

I am so thankful for the rose bead recipe. Can't wait to try it. Also, would love to hear more about your artists retreat you attended.

Deborah said...

I never did try germinating the seed pods on my cannas, but before I moved I dug up quite a few bulbs, as they needed thinning anyway, and gave them to my friends and daughter. I am SO excited to give them your instructions on the seed pods! Thank you!

I also know someone who will LOVE your rose bead instructions. Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist.

You are filled with wonderful gifts today!!! **blows kisses** Deb

P.S. Hair for the birds? I'm sure that all the bleach and products in mine would frighten off a zombie!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Tomorrow I'm heading out to an herb plant show and city market. I hope to pick up a few herbs in the process.

Your rose beads sound great. I did something similar a few years ago, but the recipe I used didn't have a rusty nail. Thanks for sharing these.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

The recipe for rose beads is absolutely fascinating. Never have I come across something like that before. Very interesting indeed! Will have to share with a friend who likes to make jewelry. Best wishes, Tammy