Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A little bit of harvest

Enough white roses were in bloom this morning
for me to make my rose water.
I will make lots of rose water this summer and freeze it.
I use rose water for teas and for cosmetics.

This is the first bloom of a peony bush
we planted nine years ago.

I am patient.
I thought it would bloom when it was ready.
I cut 36 stems of peonies for the house.

The clover is in bloom.

I have been harvesting camomile too.
I am putting up now for winter tea.
Over the weekend my husband and I planted lots of seeds.
Already our squash is sprouted as is the romaine.
Spinach, basil and dill will be sprouting any day.
The tomatoes have blooms.
I am hoping to be harvesting all summer.


Cheryl said...

Oh Sherry.....the pretty little butterfly on the clover, so perfect. I to grow clover in my lawn, mine hasn't arrived yet.
The blooms are divine and would be welcome in a country garden in Kent anytime.

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Rose water? How do you make that?

Lisa at Greenbow said...

My goodness Sherry. You have been busy. That rose is gorgeous as are your peonies.

meggie said...

I remember the first Peony I ever 'met'. I was just blown away by it's beauty. To me, it seemed the perfect flower, & I love them to this day. I was so thrilled to find we had one in our little garden, in the first house we bought in our marriage. I wish I had photos of that Peony.

Clover are not so lovely, to those who have cows, who can bloat from over-indulgence! It is all very relevant, isn't it?

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
The Eastern Tailed Blue flits about in my yard from early spring through late fall. They are so tiny and cute!
While I was outside watching the bees and the butterflies I saw the pink bloom of the peoney and took a series of pictures.
I am very excited to see her bloom. Well worth the wait!

Q said...

Dear Lynne,
Rose water is very easy to make.
I pick 8-10 roses and remove the petals...about two cups of petals. I pour 1 cup of hot water over the petals and let them steep for 30 minutes. ( I have started boiling my water for five minutes. I learned it is better for you.)
I strain the water from the petals, first through a tea strainer than through a poece of chhes cloth. I decant the water into a spritzer and place it next to the lavatory. Each time I go into the bathroom I spritz my face with rose water. It is moisturizing and refreshing.
Left over rose water will keep in the refrigerator or frozen into ice cubes. I also use rose water for my baths. Rose water is nice for cooking and rose tea is delicious!
The wet petals I roll up into a big ball and squeeze out the water. Than I pinch off pieces of wet petals and roll into smaller balls or big beads. I let the beads dry over night and put my needle holes in the next day. That way the beads have holes after they dry in case I want to string them. Roses are also eatable. A miniature rose is darling in a glass of tea or water. Making rose candy and syrup is fun too.
All of my roses are organic.
Hope you also enjoy your roses.

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
Doing up the roses is fun and rose dependant! I like to get the roses when they are about half bloomed out, still full of oil and fragrance.
I almost think a slide show of peonies would be fun! My front ones are still in tight bud. Looks as if I will have peonies into June this year.

Q said...

Dear Meggie,
They are incredible flowers. My house is full of cut stems and smells so heavenly I float from one romm to the next.
I also wish I had a slip from the peonies my Grandmother grew. I have visited her old house and I see her bushes are still alive. I have often thought of stopping and asking for a slip! I have not seen her blooms since I was a young woman. No pictures either.
Clover would not work well for ranchers! I did not know clover caused bloating for cows. Very interesting. I know the bees like it!

Kathy said...

Your pictures are beautiful!

Q said...

Dear Jeff and Kathy,
Thank you!
The pink peoney with the rain drops looked good enough to eat. At least I wanted to lick it!