Last year, I wrote this post on potpourri and rediscovering oneself.
What happened to my 2019 dreams? Nothing. Did I "return to my roots"
and take up the hobby of potpourri making again? Nope. Time got away
from me. Part of it was a busy job that suddenly went into overdrive.
But that overdrive part is over now.
Fast forward a
year, to a continuing pandemic, a semi-retirement (more on that one of
these days) and a time when it seems everyone has discovered or
rediscovered crafts and gardening.
The lilacs are blooming where I live in upstate New York. I have three varieties on my property, First, there is an old bush (deep purple) planted by my late neighbor who knows how many years ago along our boundary line. Another (lighter purple) was planted by us years ago next to his. Finally, there is a heavenly fragrant white one our other neighbor has on his boundary line. Over the years some of the bush lies on our side so we can cut from our side.
The lilacs were calling to me - Pick me! Use me! (I'll have pictures of the lilacs tomorrow).
Years ago, when I first moved here, I tried to dry lilac flowers, but found that air drying resulted in browned flowers. This was before the Internet so I didn't have a ready research source. Now, the Internet (and You Tube) were going to be my friend.
My research in drying flowers brought me to silica gel. Using silica gel would preserve the color, and the drying would only take a week. Only one problem - the pandemic. Many stores here, except if they sell essentials such as food or gardening items, had been closed since mid March.
But as of May 15, the stores selling non essentials could be open, but only for curbside pickup.
We've not had the best of luck with non essential curbside pickup. We realize stores are working with limited staffing and perhaps limited stock, too. We never know what a person serving us has been through. This is not a time for complaints. Having said that, I decided not to order from a chain crafts store (we have two of them in our community).
The internet told me that I could use kitty litter. So yesterday, I went to the supermarket. There was a store brand of cat litter that was made from unscented silica gel, and nothing more.
In a week, I'll see the results.
While I am at it, thank you, supermarket employees, delivery people and others, who made this project possible for me.
Have you ever made potpourri?