Flowers - fresh, dried and growing in pots...
Dried flowers can be beautiful
just put in a vase and displayed (with no water of
I'll dry hydrangeas and replace them every year thus
dusting is avoided.
Of course the old ones are
composted - not thrown into the garbage or into landfills.
Organic Gardening in a
How far apart should they be?
How tall will
This is very important if
you are planting a window box (or other
container) with a mix of plants.
For example, if some flowers need constant sun,
don't plant them with a flower that
cannot take full sun.
Most herbs do
well in pots & don't need constant
care. Again, find out each plant's
Place small rocks at the bottom of your containers to
ensure that there is good drainage.
all plants need fed - even more so for container
plants. Use fish emulsion, composted manure, or a
fertilizers! This is an organic garden
Now's the time to show your
craft skills -decorate a plain pot or go to an
antique shop (like mine?) for unique containers.
A Rose By Any Other
Name . . .
There are many varieties of
roses including climbing roses, tea roses,
& hedges of Rugusa roses.
advantage of organic gardening is that you
can use the petals in salads, jellies, or even in the bath tub....
dried flowers and herbs in handmade goat milk soap,
bath salts, potpourri, sachets... .
If extra scent is needed, only essential oils are used in my soaps... NO perfumes or fragrance oils
Recipes featuring roses!
Flowers should be picked and dried before they are
Most herbs should be cut and dried
before they flower if you will be using the
When drying flowers - herbs, hang them
upside down in low-light (light will fade them and
sure of good ventilation so they will not
When good & dry, you can use them
in your own handmade soaps, potpourri, sachets,
teas, bath salts,
flower arrangements.... Also, you can use
them for various arts & crafts like greeting
cards, handmade paper, bookmarks...
like to use the edible ones to make my own tea blends
-I just try different combinations to see which I like.
Gather flowers in the morning when they are less
likely to wilt. Before arranging them in a vase, it is
smart to recut them at an angle under water. Place them
in a vase of lukewarm water, my Grandma always put an
aspirin in the water too - she swore by this. You can
also put a shot of 7-Up or Sprite in the water, which
acts as a plant food.
Keep cut flowers out of sunlight
and away from fruit as some give off a gas which makes
flowers age too quickly.
I don't like to use
"store bought" products -so I grow as many
flowers & herbs as I can in my Hubbard, Ohio
organic garden and try to find unusual ways to employ
them either for consumption, skincare, or for the
Now for the really cool part, impress your friends at
your next party by casually reaching for your beautiful
bouquet on the table - inhaling the wonderful scent and then ripping the petals off to
top a salad or a to decorate a punch bowl or cake...
-only for use with organic edible bouquets-.
*Disclaimer - Please do
your own research on all of the
ideas-methods-recipes... contained in any of my web
pages, on any of my literature, or that I might mention
as I am only stating what has worked for my family, and
loyal customers who love the handmade soap, bath
salt "Teas", hand-sewn eye & neck pillows... all handcrafted using organic (whenever possible, but at the very least chemical-free) flowers,
herbs,... at my craft and antique shop in Hubbard,
I sell extra dried lavender buds... at my little shop Diana's Gift Shop (It is known as Hubbard Ohio Gift Shop on facebook) located at
6177 Youngstown-Hubbard Road in Hubbard, Ohio 44425
Wednesdays and Sundays from noon to 5:00pm
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm