But what to do with the other rose bouquet? It wasn't completely faded and wilted. It still smelled nice, but it didn't look all that great. Plus, there's roses in my yard that need to be pruned. Usually, they'd head straight for the compost bin in my yard, but then I remembered something I saw in a book of children's crafts: homemade rose water.
). According to the book I referenced, Crafting Fun: 101 Things to Make and Do with Kids by Rae Grant (lovely book, I might add), she only said to use it as a homemade perfume. However, after some research on the Internet, there are tons of ways to use rose water (here's just one of the links I found). Who knew?
Since summer is officially here, I figured I would share this simple (and I mean simple) how-to for rose water. That way, you don't have to feel bad about deadheading your rosebushes. Plus, you can only dry so many roses. Might as well put your wilted bouquet to some practical use, right?
(adapted from Crafting Fun by Rae Grant)
First, you'll need to get about a cup of rose petals. The nice thing about using my homegrown roses is that I don't treat them with any pesticides. That may or may not be a big deal to you, but I thought I'd mention it. Anyway, you want to use petals from roses that are fragrant. There really are some that aren't. Go figure.
You can either throw out the petals or, if you're feeling a little on the crafty side, you could make rose petal beads (the craft on the adjacent page to the rose water recipe).