An old-fashioned rose jar
It seems a great pity to let rose leaves go to waste — why not make an old-fashioned rose jar?
Any tightly-covered china jar will do, but it is better to purchase a regular Japanese or Chinese rose jar, which can be as inexpensive or costly as desired.
The potpourri is made as follows: Take a large quantity of fresh rose leaves, dry these in the sun, turn over constantly, so that all get perfectly dry and crisp. Add sweet scented geranium, lemon verbena, honeysuckle, lavender, etc., all of which must be thoroughly dried.
After about a fortnight’s drying, pepper the leaves with powdered orris root, cinnamon and salt; about a tablespoonful of each will be required. Then add twenty drops each of oil of cloves and lavender, half that quantity of oil of cinnamon and as much oil of musk as you feel entitled to spend on your pot pourri. This is the most expensive item in the preparation. Mix all together, and place in a wide-mouthed jar. For the first year or two, the leaves should be stirred constantly. Keep your jar in a dry place, and each season you will be more delighted with its fragrance.
The rose has for centuries been the favorite flower, and as such has a place in literature no other plant can rival. The rose is a native of the east — the poetic, genial, mysterious, gay-hued east — where its many-tinted petals can open to a sunshine that is certain and very powerful.
At the commencement of the Christian era, there existed the noted rose gardens in Lucanla, while the beauty of the numberless trees in the Persian “Gullstan” are well-known to historians and lovers of literature. From these roses the petals were gathered daily for the bed of the Sultana, who, say records, “could not sleep if the rose leaves were too much crumpled.”
Illustration: Rose image from a vintage scrapbook, c1890. Click the image to get a larger size to use for craft or scrapbooking projects.
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Publication: Los Angeles Herald (Los Angeles, California)
Publication date: July 31, 1910