Friday, June 22, 2012

Rose - Herb of the Year

Some of this year's rose bounty from my garden: dried rose petals, rose syrup, rose jelly and rose conserve. (Rose glycerine, rose tincture, rose honey and other goodies are also in the making.)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The center portion of my crazy quilt, "Crazy Diamonds".

Crazy Quilt and Roses

This is my award-winning crazy quilt, "Crazy Diamonds" in my garden.  That's an Apothecary Rose to the left.  Apothecary roses date back to at least the 14th century and are one of the variety of roses I use in some of my herbal products.  It has a deep fragrance.  The crazy quilt I stitched completely by hand.  All the piecing, embroidery, painting and embellishments (even the sashing) was done by hand. 

Monday, June 11, 2012


Sure, I lost several roses due to flooding from stupid Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.  But, there are many which survived.  Here are some of the roses that are currently blooming in my garden.

Constance Spry, Alchymyst, Paul's Himalayan Musk
Rugosas:  Theres Bugnet, Rubra, Alba
Konigen Von Danemark, Eglantine (leaves smell like green apples!), Mary
Willliam Baffin, unknown, Salet

The apothecary rose hasn't opened yet and there are a few others who will bloom within a few days/weeks.  I do so love roses!