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    Bees love lavender flowers

    Posted on August 17, 2012 by in Dried flowers general

    Not all lavender flowers are equally attractive to bees As I noticed when I visited Cambridge University Botanic Garden in July. The gardens are curated by lavender expert Dr Tim Upson (his PhD is in lavender!), and I was fascinated by his extensive collection there. Surprisingly, not all lavenders seemed equally attractive to bees, with […]

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    Fragrant leaf potpourri recipe

    Posted on July 27, 2012 by in Potpourri making

    Potpourri recipe with scented leaves In my last two posts I have been drying leaves from my garden for use in potpourri and then adding essential oils to the potpourri for added fragrance. Here is the finished potpourri recipe. Choosing the leaves for this potpourri recipe This dried leaf potpourri is not as pretty as […]

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    Fragrancing my dried leaf potpourri

    Posted on July 20, 2012 by in Aromatherapy, Potpourri making

    Using essential oils to fragrance potpourri Last week I made some potpourri using dried leaves from my garden. This week I am boosting the fragrance of the potpourri by adding essential oils. I had hoped that my combination of lemon balm leaves, peppermint and scented leaf pelargoniums might have enough scent to fragrance my sitting […]

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    Cedarwood moth repellent bag

    Posted on May 5, 2012 by in Dried flowers general

    Cedar is a traditional moth repellent After my post the other week, in which I discussed the use of lavender as a moth repellent, I thought I should mention cedarwood moth repellents, which traditionally take the form of blocks of wood or chips. Cedar deters adult moths, and is said to kill the larvae if […]

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    Battling clothes moths using dried lavender

    Posted on March 23, 2012 by in Dried flowers general, Lavender craft

    Clothes moths are a common irritation traditionally remedied using dried lavender I was watching TV the other night and saw a programme on the clothes moth.  Apparently they originated in owl pellets! A human’s wardrobe can – it seems – be said to resemble an owl nest from the moth’s point of view! The larvae […]

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    How to make your own potpourri

    Posted on March 8, 2012 by in Potpourri making

    Dried flowers for potpourri Use dried flowers to make your own natural potpourri Dried flowers have been used since Medieval times and before to bring a bit of perfume to what was, at the time, an often smelly world! Dried flowers, in particular dried lavender, were used in Medieval times to freshen rooms and laundry. […]

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    How to make a lavender pomander

    Posted on March 7, 2012 by in Lavender craft

    Making a pomander with dried lavender   This pomander is very decorative and easy to make. Use it to perfume your wardrobe – keeping your clothes smelling fresh and deterring clothes moths!   This one is hanging on my wardrobe door as I thought it was too pretty to hide away.   It’s cheap to […]

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    Natural rose potpourri

    Posted on March 5, 2012 by in Dried rose buds, Dried rose petals, Potpourri making

    Natural dried roses as potpourri Rather than use commercial potpourri, why not try something more natural? Some dried rose buds have more natural fragrance than others, depending on the variety and drying process used. If you are drying your own roses, choose a highly scented variety, as the fragrance will only lessen during the process, […]

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    How to make a lavender bottle

    Posted on March 2, 2012 by in Lavender craft

    Lavender bottles are a beautiful and traditional way to capture the scent of lavender. The lavender bottle is a traditional French country craft not commonly seen in the UK. This style of lavender wand is referred to as a lavender bottle because of its shape. It is widely seen in France and America, but not […]

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